David Rieff

Senior Fellow

Expertise American foreign policy; immigration policy; European policy; Balkan policy, particularly Bosnia and Kosovo; humanitarian aid issues


Contributing Editor, The New Republic Magazine; Board Member, the Arms Project of Human Rights Watch; Columnist, Salmagundi Magazine; Fellow, The New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University; Senior Editor, Farrar, Straus& Giroux (1978-89).

Rieff is a frequent contributor to The New Republic, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The National Post (Canada), and the Times Literary Supplement.

A.B. History, Princeton University

French, Spanish



Simon & Schuster, 2008
Reviewed: Guardian, May 31, 2008; Times (UK), May 24, 2008; Los Angeles Times, January 6, 2008; Powell's Books, January 9, 2008; San Francisco Chronicle, January 11, 2008; The New York Times, January 29, 2008; Salon.com, February 13, 2008; Washington Post, February 24, 2008.
(with Roy Gutman and Anthony Dworkin)
W.W. Norton, 2007 (reprint) 
Simon & Schuster, 2006
Simon & Schuster, 2003
University Press of Florida, 2000
Touchstone, 1996
Touchstone, 1994
Touchstone, 1992
"India's  Malnutrition Dilemma," New York Times Magazine, October 9, 2009.
Should We Believe in Barack?” TimesOnline, February 15, 2009.
For Darfuris, justice is the enemy of peace,” for the Los Angeles Times on July 20, 2008.
Will Miami’s little Havana go blue?” for the International Herald Tribune on July 14, 2008.
Will Little Havana Go Blue?” for The New York Times Magazine on July 13, 2008.
Swimming in a Sea of Death was reviewed by the London Daily Telegraph, June 21, 2008.
A review of V.S. Naipaul’s new book A Writer’s People, was written by Rieff, The New York Times, June 8, 2008.
"Why I Had to Lie to My Dying Mum," The Independent (Ireland), June 1, 2008.
"Humanitarian Vanities," The New York Times Magazine, June 1, 2008.
"Save us from the Rescuers," Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2008.
For the Talking Points Memo Book Club, “Not the World I See,” a discussion on Fareed Zarakaria’s latest book, May 5, 2008. 
"The Wrong War," The New York Times, a book review, March 16, 2008.
"Without Exception: Same Old Song," World Affairs, Winter 2008.
"The Bureaucrat of Torture," World Policy Journal, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2002.
"Humanitarian Intervention," with Shashi Tharoor and Sam Daws. World Policy Journal, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2001.
"Suffering and Cynicism in Burundi," World Policy Journal, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2001.
"Kosovo's Humanitarian Circus," World Policy Journal, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2000.
"The Crusaders: Moral Principles, Strategic Interests, and Military Force," World Policy Journal, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2000.
"The Ruthless Luxuries of Peace," World Policy Journal, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2000
"A Second American Century? The Paradoxes of Power," World Policy Journal, Vol. 16, No. 4, 1999.
"A New Hierarchy of Values and Interests," World Policy Journal, Vol. 16, No. 3, Fall 1999.
"A New Age of Liberal Imperialism?" World Policy Journal, Vol. 16, No. 2, 1999.
"In Defense of Afro-Pessimism," World Policy Journal, Vol. 15, No. 4, 1998/99.
"Therapy or Democracy? The Culture Wars Twenty Years On," World Policy Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2, 1998.
Featured on Public Radio International's "To the Best of Our Knowledge," discussing his mother's death and his book, Swimming in a Sea of Death: A Son's Memoir. Audio.
"Aid to Africa Debate," New York City. December 9, 2007. Mr. Rieff argues for the motion "Aid to Africa is doing more harm than good." Video here.
Rieff spoke at the Sydney (Australia) Writers Festival in May.
On May 15, 2008, Rieffwill participate in a panel discussion, “From Ethiopia To Chechnya: Reflections on Humanitarian Action,” a Doctors Without Borders public event, New York City.

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