Frida Ghitis

Frida Ghitis is a world affairs columnist, author and consultant. Follow her on Twitter at @fridaghitis.

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."

Articles written by Frida Ghitis

World Citizen

Venezuela Sanctions Undo Gains of U.S. Policy of Restraint

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Venezuela is one country where U.S. foreign policy under President Barack Obama had struck the right tone—until a few weeks ago. The Obama administration has issued an executive order targeting top Venezuelan officials for sanctions, playing directly into President Nicolas Maduro’s hands. more

World Citizen

In United Arab Emirates, Sharjah’s Sheikh Talks Democracy

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Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad al-Qasimi, the ruler of the emirate of Sharjah and a member of the Supreme Council that governs the United Arab Emirates, does not shy away from the term “democracy.” Whether he can actually carve a path toward a more inclusive form of government remains to be seen. more

World Citizen

Netanyahu’s Speech Divides Washington—and Israel

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered a strong speech to the U.S. Congress. But the entire episode sowed doubts about his wisdom ahead of elections. To his supporters, Netanyahu demonstrated his fearlessness in the face of criticism. To doubters, he rekindled concerns about his arrogance. more

World Citizen

One Month On, Gauging Saudi Arabia’s New King

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One month has passed since King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud ascended to the throne to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He took power at a moment of turbulence and potentially lasting, dramatic change. Understanding how he will steer his country is a matter of great interest around the globe. more

World Citizen

In Bitter Irony, Jihadi Women Serve as Useful Propaganda

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When French officials announced they were searching for a woman as an accomplice in the attacks on a Jewish grocery store in Paris, many shook their heads. How was it possible that a woman born and raised in the West could be committed to an extremist ideology that is hostile to women? more

World Citizen

Qatar-Egypt Reconciliation a Defeat for the Muslim Brotherhood

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A Middle Eastern mystery is finally being unraveled, and what is emerging looks like one more disaster for the Muslim Brotherhood. After years of funding the Islamist organization, Qatar’s recent diplomatic outreach to Egypt indicates that its support for the Brotherhood may be coming to an end. more

World Citizen

Ibero-American Summit in Mexico Highlights Ideological Rifts

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The annual Ibero-American Summit was designed to develop ties among countries with strong cultural and historical bonds and develop a bloc with political and economic power. But the latest summit, held this week in Mexico, showed how wide the ideological chasms among the member countries have become. more

World Citizen

Houthi Rise in Yemen Puts Saudi Arabia, Iran on Crash Course

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One look at a map shows why Yemen has the potential to create serious problems not just for its neighbors but also for the global economy. The country’s troubles have escaped the spotlight mostly because the troubles elsewhere in the region look more acute. That, however, is likely to change. more

World Citizen

In Venezuela, Maduro Teetering on the Edge of Disaster

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The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez seemed to become invigorated by class struggle and the passionate protests it engendered. His heir, Nicolas Maduro, has also faced fierce opposition protests and has responded forcefully. But the challenge is growing exponentially riskier. more