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A specialist in national security and diplomacy, Carla Robbins is a nationally known journalist and foreign policy commentator. She served for six years as Deputy Editorial Page Editor and Assistant Editorial Page Editor at The New York Times. Before that, she spent 13 years in Washington covering diplomacy and national security for The Wall Street Journal. Robbins has reported from Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Central and South America.
Robbins is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She writes and comments frequently on national security and defense issues with a particular focus on American politics and foreign policy, Washington’s budget battles, defense spending, US military rivalries and interventions, and the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea.
She was awarded Georgetown University’s 2003 Edward Weintal Prize for diplomatic coverage. At the Journal she also shared in two Pulitzer prizes: the 2000 Prize for National Reporting on the Post-Cold War defense budget and the 1999 Prize for International Reporting on the Russian financial crisis. She is also a co-winner of the 2004 Elizabeth Neuffer Prize from the U.N. Correspondents Association, the 2004 Peter R. Weitz Prize from the German Marshall Fund and the 1984 Morton Frank Award from the Overseas Press Club.
Robbins is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a media fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and the Council on Foreign Relations.