The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Michael Gordon, New York Times, National Security Correspondent, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Michael R. Gordon is a National Security Correspondent for the New York Times. He is currently assigned to cover the State Department and has been on most of Secretary of State John Kerry’s trips, including the negotiations that led to the nuclear framework accord with Iran.

Gordon served as the chief of the Times’ Moscow bureau and was based in Russia from 1996 to 2000, a period that saw the reelection of Boris Yeltsin, the rise of Vladimir Putin, the second Chechen war and the collapse of the ruble. He has also covered numerous conflicts as a military correspondent, including the Iraq War, the war in Afghanistan, the Kosovo conflict, the Russian intervention in Chechnya, the 1991 Persian Gulf War and the American invasion of Panama.

Gordon has co-authored three well received books on the conflicts in Iraq. His most recent book, which was published in September 2012, is “The Endgame.” It covers political and military events in Iraq from the American-led invasion in 2003 through the withdrawal of American forces at the end of 2011. The Wall Street Journal listed “The Endgame” as one of the top ten non-fiction books of the year. Gordon’s second book, which was published in 2006, was "Cobra II.”  A bestseller, it focused on the 2003 invasion and initial occupation of Iraq.

Gordon’s first book, which was published in 1994, was “The Generals’ War.” It covered Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait and the American and allied campaign to evict Iraqi forces from that Gulf state. Foreign Affairs magazine described the volume as the “best single volume on the Gulf War.”

In 1989, Gordon was awarded the George Polk Award for International Reporting for his work with Stephen Engelberg on the proliferation of chemical weapons and Libya’s effort to build a chemical weapons plant. In addition to his work for the Times, Gordon organized and reported an award winning documentary on the conflict in Chechnya, "Deadlock: Russia's Forgotten War," which was broadcast internationally by CNN Presents. He has also written articles for Survival, a journal published by the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and Foreign Policy magazine.

Gordon joined the Times in 1985. He covered arms control and the proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons before he was assigned to cover military operations and diplomacy. Prior to beginning work at the Times, he covered national security issues for five years for National Journal, a Washington-based magazine. He covered the United Nations and global issues from 1976 to 1979 for a monthly publication of the United Nations Association.

Gordon received a B.A. from Colgate University, an M.A. in Philosophy from the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


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