Frida Ghitis is a world affairs columnist, author and consultant.
She started her career at CNN, where she worked initially as a show producer, a unit manager for major news operations and later as a producer and correspondent covering mostly international news.
In addition to CNN, her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands) and in scores of publications in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and beyond.
Her regular column on global affairs in the Miami Herald is distributed worldwide by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. Her weekly WPR column, World Citizen, appears every Thursday.
She has worked in all corners of the world, traveling in Iraq during and after the rule of Saddam Hussein. She worked in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt during Desert Storm. She covered the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, and has worked independently in Tibet, Burma, Kuwait, Argentina, Cambodia, Colombia, and dozens of places in between. Her work has taken her to the Amazon jungles of South America, to Russia, Brazil, India, Somalia, and elsewhere.
As a consultant, she advises organizations operating or contemplating projects in diverse regions of the world, providing political analysis and forecasting.
She is a public speaker on world affairs and the author of "The End of Revolution: A Changing World in the Age of Live Television."
Frida Ghitis is a world affairs columnist, author and consultant.
Articles written by Frida Ghitis
No, this is not a “war for oil,” to cite the old cliche. But behind all the maneuvering in Russia’s conflict with Ukraine and the West, oil and gas reserves and the pipelines that turn them into cash lie in the background, just a step behind the principal action. Russia’s vast hydrocarbon stocks figure into the calculations of the major players, who worry Moscow may deploy them once again as a weapon. more
The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez once tried to insult his country’s next-door neighbor Colombia by calling it the “Israel of Latin America.” But the Colombian president said he found the comparison an honor. Relations between Latin America and Israel are starting to look like a budding love affair, with Latin American countries gaining a valuable economic partner and Israel new diplomatic allies. more
The Venezuelan opposition has shifted gears and is steering down a new path, carrying a message that there is no time to wait for change. The decision to take a more confrontational approach comes in an environment of growing popular discontent, with an accelerating downward economic spiral and increasingly harsh living conditions under the late Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor, President Nicolas Maduro. more
In the past few months, as the prospects have emerged for an agreement between Iran and U.S.-led world powers on Iran’s nuclear program, Saudi Arabia and nuclear-armed Pakistan have made high-profile moves to strengthen their links in what is most likely not a mere coincidence of timing. The developments recall repeated warnings from the Saudis that if Iran acquires nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia will, too. more
There are two points of approximate consensus regarding U.S. strategy in Syria. First, the U.S. should not send troops to become directly involved in the fighting. Second, the Obama administration’s current approach to the Syrian conflict is a failure. But if diplomacy has failed and both inaction and direct intervention are not acceptable options, there is still another course of action the U.S. can take. more
For decades, the foundation of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy rested on the kingdom’s relationship with the United States. The past three years, however, have brought enormous turbulence to the Middle East, and the Saudis have found Washington’s response increasingly worrisome. Saudi rulers are questioning America’s reliability as an ally and protector and as a result have launched a risky new foreign policy. more
The job comes with some nice perks and mostly symbolic duties, but the position, president of Israel, carries enormous prestige, potentially a great deal of influence and, ultimately, a guaranteed spot in the history books. The race to replace Shimon Peres as head of state is getting off to a star-studded start. Already the collection of possible candidates looks like a menagerie of overachievers. more
Before he became the leader of his country, Ariel Sharon, the recently deceased former Israeli prime minister, spent most of his life as a military man. The lessons of war shaped Sharon as a political actor, gradually chiseling the profile of a political leader with such strong and unexpected views that he managed to antagonize even his closest allies and surprisingly satisfy some of his harshest critics. more
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stands at the center of a high-intensity feud that is slowly tearing apart the coalition that made him enormously powerful. A corruption investigation reaching into the highest levels of government has revealed a festering feud among rival Islamist groups. Every day brings new revelations involving some of Turkey’s most prominent figures, and each day the stakes grow. more
Few countries have claimed for themselves the mantle of revolution as frequently and as fervently as Mexico. Previous efforts brought change, even revolutionary change, but failed to lift large parts of the population out of chronic poverty. That is about to change. Over the past year, Mexico has launched a series of urgently needed but long-delayed fundamental reforms, putting it on the cusp of enormous change. more
Last Sunday night, a Lebanese soldier opened fire, killing an Israeli sergeant on the Israeli side of the border. The initial reports of an exchange of fire in that area immediately recalled the events of 2006, which started with a cross-border raid and turned into an all-out war between Israel and Hezbollah. While the incident was de-escalated, it highlighted the near certainty that war will eventually return. more
One year ago, Egyptian liberals took the streets after an Islamist-dominated constitutional assembly approved a draft that many viewed as laying the path to an Islamist state. One year later, with the Islamists out of power and the military firmly in control, a new panel has approved major changes to that constitution. The document offers a window into the long-term aspirations of those holding power today. more
It took just a few days after the agreement between Iran and world powers was announced in Geneva before evidence started to emerge of a significant strengthening of Iran’s position against its rivals. The interim agreement has not gone into effect yet, but the balance of power in the Persian Gulf is already changing, with Arab states worried about what they believe is Iran’s goal of regional dominance. more
Fans of the television drama “Homeland” might have been surprised when in a recent episode one of the protagonists surfaced in Venezuela as a guest/prisoner of a sinister gang living in a crowded and half-built Caracas high-rise. The espionage show normally focuses on Middle East terrorists and the CIA agents chasing them. But Venezuela’s strife and the sheer strangeness it produces proved hard to resist. more
The debate over whether America is the indispensable nation will continue, but when it comes to the Middle East nobody is waiting for the answer. Washington’s gradual but steady retreat from its once-unabashed exercise of influence in the region has sparked a rush by second-tier powers to fill the vacuum that has resulted. The more passive the U.S. becomes in the region, the more assertive other nations grow. more
Add Hamas to the list of regimes teetering precariously in the Middle East. The Islamist organization that rules Gaza and remains committed to the destruction of Israel is losing friends, running out of cash and struggling to fight effectively. Even more crucially, it is losing popular support as its foes are preparing to take it on. Hamas’ collapse would remove an obstacle to Palestinian-Israeli peace. more
For nearly four decades, Egypt stood as a tent pole in America’s strategic position in the Arab Middle East. Now, as fierce political winds batter the region, America’s entire structure of relationships looks shaky, and the ties that bind Egypt and the U.S. have become dangerously frayed. Without special attention, the U.S. and Egypt could end up losing an alliance that is immensely valuable to both parties. more
On the surface, the troubles Mexico is facing seem to resemble the devastating challenges that its South American neighbor Colombia suffered not many years ago. It is not surprising, then, that Mexico looked to Colombia’s victories against drug cartels a decade ago and the subsequent economic and social improvements as a model worth emulating. And yet, Mexico has shown few signs of achieving comparable results. more
Western powers displayed calculated restraint in describing positive signs from their meetings with Iran this week. In keeping with the new tone since Hasan Rouhani’s election, the atmosphere is by all accounts much more conciliatory, with talk of an end-game for resolving the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. But signs indicate the process is not as diplomatically wholesome as Iran would like to portray it. more
As the central drama of the just-concluded U.N. General Assembly played out, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu performed a supporting but crucial role. He came on stage as the mood spoiler, disrupting the central narrative of a new, nonthreatening Iran under President Hasan Rouhani ready to reconcile with the world. Netanyahu told the world to wake up and realize Iran’s new image was a fiction. more