Misha Glenny

Journalist and Broadcaster

Misha Glenny is a journalist and broadcaster whose books include The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers: 1804-2012, McMafia: A Journey through the Global Criminal Underworld, and DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia.

Misha Glenny is a journalist and broadcaster whose books include The Balkans: Nationalism, War and the Great Powers: 1804-2012, McMafia: A Journey through the Global Criminal Underworld, and DarkMarket: How Hackers Became the New Mafia. During and after his career as the Guardian’s and then the BBC’s Central Europe correspondent, during which he covered the revolutions in Eastern Europe and the wars in the former Yugoslavia, he has won numerous journalistic and academic awards. He has also worked as an independent consultant to many governments and agencies. He is currently a member of the International Advisory Board of Global Witness, a London- and Washington-based NGO that seeks to uncover links between human rights abuses and the commodities industry. He is currently researching his next book, which will be on Brazil.

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  • Chinese-Russian Relations Enter Cyberspace
    • Friday, October 24, 2014

    Chinese-Russian Relations Enter Cyberspace

    If the Ukraine crisis continues and relations between Russia and the West deteriorate further, the implications will be grim in a number of areas, including cybersecurity.

  • Time for Mayor Power
    • Friday, September 26, 2014

    Time for Mayor Power

    Publics increasingly want to place their faith in people whose work they can understand and scrutinize directly. Could a bigger role for mayors be the answer?

  • Brazil: Still a Land of the Future
    • Friday, June 13, 2014

    Brazil: Still a Land of the Future

    As the 2014 football World Cup gets under way in Brazil, the host nation remains a country dogged by corruption, mismanagement, and underinvestment in public services.

  • The Huge Effects of an Independent Scotland
    • Friday, February 07, 2014

    The Huge Effects of an Independent Scotland

    If the people of Scotland vote for independence in a forthcoming referendum, that decision will have major consequences for both the United Kingdom and the European Union.

  • A New Era of Global Diplomacy?
    • Friday, November 29, 2013

    A New Era of Global Diplomacy?

    The six countries leading diplomatic efforts with Iran are at odds over many strategic issues. But Tehran’s nuclear program is one area of global policy that unites them all.

  • Democracy: Down but Not Out
    • Friday, October 11, 2013

    Democracy: Down but Not Out

    The system described by Winston Churchill as “the worst form of government except all the others” may look damaged these days. But parliaments still play a vital role.

  • On Syria, History Teaches Profound Skepticism
    • Friday, August 30, 2013

    On Syria, History Teaches Profound Skepticism

    Is the Arab Spring comparable to the 1848 revolution or the Thirty Years War in Europe? Historical analogies are close enough to induce humility and pessimism.

  • 1:0 to Brazil’s Protesters
    • Friday, July 19, 2013

    1:0 to Brazil’s Protesters

    Brazil’s government appears to be responding to the demands of recent protests. That is good news—but more is needed, especially in the run-up to next year’s World Cup.

  • Cameron: Squeezed by an Unholy Alliance
    • Friday, June 07, 2013

    Cameron: Squeezed by an Unholy Alliance

    The UK Independence Party is a real threat to Britain’s Tories. This has given the Conservative Party’s right wing leverage over Cameron on the issue of the UK’s EU membership.

  • What Google’s Tax Bill Says About the EU
    • Friday, April 26, 2013

    What Google’s Tax Bill Says About the EU

    Big companies take advantage of tax competition between EU countries. But is it fair to blame them? No, it is the EU that should be fixing this problem.

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