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Carol J. Williams

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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

  • 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...

  • Islamic State says it killed 2 captives and used bomb to down Russian jet

    Islamic State says it killed 2 captives and used bomb to down Russian jet

    Islamic State militants boasted of their latest atrocities Wednesday by posting a photo of the crude bomb they said brought down a Russian airliner last month and announcing that they had executed two foreign captives, one Chinese and a Norwegian. The revelations were made in the extremist group’s...

  • Russian investigators conclude airliner lost over Egypt was downed by homemade bomb

    Russian investigators conclude airliner lost over Egypt was downed by homemade bomb

    The Oct. 31 crash of a Russian passenger jet that killed all 224 on board was caused by a homemade bomb apparently smuggled onto the aircraft at Egypt’s Sharm el Sheik resort, Russian security officials said Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to track down and punish those behind the...

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