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
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
One year ago, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos agreed to enter peace talks with the FARC, the Marxist guerrilla organization that has kept the country at war for half a century in a conflict that has taken more than 200,000 lives. If the talks succeed, Santos will earn a place in history and a second term as president. If they fail, the talks could provide the epitaph to his political career. more
When heads of state attending the U.N. General Assembly arrived in New York two years ago, they shared the spotlight with the Occupy Wall Street movement, a manifestation of the wave of people power that was then sweeping the globe. Today, the agenda is not driven by activists on the streets posting their views on Twitter and Facebook. Once again, the diplomats and statesmen are making deals in hushed tones. more
Egypt is, essentially, being redesigned. The new Egypt could end up looking a lot like the one that existed before the 2011 uprisings. It could also still become something closer to what the pro-democracy revolutionaries aspired to. But it could turn into something entirely different. How Egypt’s story turns out will be influenced by this, the third chapter of the tumultuous era that started 30 months ago. more
Whatever happens next in the ongoing drama between the U.S. and Syria over the use of chemical weapons, it would be difficult to conclude that President Barack Obama has performed impressively in his handling of the crisis. Obama’s response to Syria’s slow-motion disintegration has been marked by a combination of neglect, ambivalence and improvisation. Any success needs to be measured against these errors. more
Among the critics of President Barack Obama’s push for military intervention in Syria are skeptics who question the claim that the Assad regime used chemical weapons on Aug. 21, the day several countries say Syrian forces carried out a massive nerve gas attack. Despite the skeptics’ arguments, there is a strong case to be made that using nerve gas fit neatly into Assad’s civil war playbook. more
The most remarkable trait of Washington’s policy toward Egypt has been its lack of clarity. That’s part of the reason why each side in the battle over Egypt’s future blames America for supporting the other. Now President Barack Obama has to decide whether or not to continue providing more than $1.5 billion in aid annually. Instead of another hazy decision, he should take the opportunity to clarify America’s position. more
Amid the chaos in Syria, that country’s long-oppressed Kurds have decided to move toward autonomy. In addition, the intensifying fighting between Syrian Kurds and opposition Islamist militants have prompted Kurdish leaders in neighboring Iraq to suggest they might intervene to help their brethren in Syria. The two developments are stoking fear among countries that are home to large Kurdish populations. more
The tally of Arab Spring winners and losers keeps changing, and it’s difficult to predict how the list will look when the revolutionary fervor dies down. There is one player, however, whose fortunes have eroded so dramatically as to bring into question whether it will survive: Hamas suddenly finds itself against the ropes, struggling to remain viable and engaging in actions that reek of desperation. more
It was the phone call heard around the world: The conversation between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hailed as a major diplomatic breakthrough, a triumph for U.S. President Barack Obama, who in the last moments of his trip to Israel last March nudged the two leaders to end their festering disagreement. Reconciliation, however, is yet to come. more
When the European Union voted to add Hezbollah’s name to its list of terrorist organizations, it simultaneously added one more item to the growing list of costs the Lebanese group is incurring for its brazen intervention in Syria’s civil war. Jumping into the Syrian fray is taking a significant toll on Hezbollah. Still, Hezbollah calculates the risk would be even greater if it sat out the uprising. more
At the heart of the turmoil that continues to afflict Egypt lies the sharp ideological divide between liberals and Islamists. But ideological differences alone do not explain the extent to which the renewed conflict has engulfed the country. Ideology fires up the most die-hard activists on both sides, but something much more mundane mobilizes the masses: The economy is the thing for all but the most committed. more