Barbara Slavin is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center.
Ms. Slavin is a well known expert on U.S. foreign policy and the author of a 2007 book on Iran which is entitled "Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation."
A contributor to AOLNews.com and foreignpolicy.com among other media outlets, she was Assistant Managing Editor for World and National Security of The Washington Times from July 2008 through December 2009. Prior to that, she served for 12 years as senior diplomatic reporter for USA TODAY where she covered such key issues as the U.S.-led war on terrorism and in the Iraq war policy towards "rogue" states and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
She accompanied three secretaries of State on their official travels and also reported from Iran, Libya, Israel, Egypt, North Korea, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Syria. Ms. Slavin, who has lived in Russia, China, Japan and Egypt, has also written for The Economist and The New York Times. She is a regular commentator on U.S. foreign policy on National Public Radio, the Public Broadcasting System and C-Span.
She wrote her book on Iran, which she has visited seven times, as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2006 and spent October 2007-July 2008 as senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she researched and wrote a report on Iranian regional influence, entitled Mullahs, Money and Militias: How Iran Exerts Its Influence in the Middle East.