Carol J. Williams

Writer

Carol J. Williams is former senior international affairs writer for the Los Angeles Times. A foreign correspondent for 25 years, she has won five Overseas Press Club awards, two Sigma Delta Chi citations and was a 1993 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. She has served as Times bureau chief in Budapest, Vienna, Moscow, Berlin and the Caribbean. A native of Rhode Island and irrepressible Red Sox fan, Williams speaks Russian, German, French and Spanish, and has reported from more than 80 countries. She left The Times in 2015. 

Recent Articles

  • Hans-Dietrich Genscher, architect of German reunification, dies at 89

    Hans-Dietrich Genscher, architect of German reunification, dies at 89

    Hans-Dietrich Genscher, who crowned his career as Germany's longest-serving foreign minister by brokering an end to the painful 40-year division of his homeland, has died at 89. The soft-spoken yet determined diplomat, who died Thursday at his home outside Bonn, reached the pinnacle of his public...

  • Russia deploys missiles in Syria; pilot denies straying into Turkish airspace

    Russia deploys missiles in Syria; pilot denies straying into Turkish airspace

    Russia ordered the deployment of sophisticated ground-to-air missiles in Syria on Wednesday, a day after a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian SU-24 warplane that Ankara said had repeatedly violated Turkish airspace near the Syrian border. The Kremlin also said it was moving the missile-carrying...

  • Syria war pulls Russia and Turkey into a risky confrontation

    Syria war pulls Russia and Turkey into a risky confrontation

    Just as was feared when Russia intervened in the dysfunctional effort to eradicate Islamic State militants two months ago, the vortex of geopolitical battles in Syria has drawn Cold War-era rivals into deadly confrontation with each other. Three Russian airmen died Tuesday after a Russian Su-24...

  • Join a terrorist group, lose your citizenship

    Join a terrorist group, lose your citizenship

    Governments around the world seeking to strengthen their defenses against terrorism are threatening to revoke the citizenship of those joining Islamic State or other militant groups training in the Middle East for global jihad. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday became the latest...

  • Rose Revolution hero runs into a wall of debauchery in Odessa

    Rose Revolution hero runs into a wall of debauchery in Odessa

    When former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was appointed governor of the Odessa region in May, Ukraine's president and fawning media hailed the brash, Western-educated reformer as the new sheriff in town who would clean up the Black Sea port's legendary corruption. You could almost hear...

  • Islamic State shows the ability to shift to more sophisticated tactics

    Islamic State shows the ability to shift to more sophisticated tactics

    Islamic State militants may be under bombardment by a dozen world powers bent on wiping them out, but they have managed to expand their repertoire of terrorist tactics to carry out ever more sophisticated attacks that disrupt Western society. The band of extremists has succeeded in escalating the...

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