Joshua Yaffa

New America Fellow

Joshua Yaffa will report and write on how Vladimir Putin has sought to redefine the pillars of his rule and legitimacy, and what this new age of Putinism means both for everyday Russians and Western governments. More specifically, he will work on a book that looks at the lives of several Russians and the inevitable accommodation they must reach with the system around them. He is currently based in Moscow, where he is a correspondent for The New Yorker. He has also reported from Russia for Bloomberg, Businessweek, The Economist, National Geographic, The New Republic, and The New York Times Magazine. For his work in Russia, he has been a finalist for a Livingston Award, a Visiting Scholar at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, and received a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. He was previously an associate editor at Foreign Affairs. He is a graduate of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and holds master’s degrees in journalism and international affairs from Columbia University.

All Work

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Putin’s Russia Wrestles with the Meaning of Trotsky and Revolution

Joshua Yaffa wrote for the New Yorker about how Putin's current Russia grapples with the country's revolutionary past


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Why Would the Kremlin Be Interested in George Papadopoulos?

Joshua Yaffa wrote for the New Yorker trying to answer the question of why the Kremlin would be interested in George Papadopoulos


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Russia’s House of Shadows

Joshua Yaffa wrote for the New Yorker regarding how one building played an important role in Russian history:


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The Message That Putin’s Expulsion of U.S. Diplomats Sends to Trump

Joshua Yaffa wrote for the New Yorker about what kind of message Putin's actions against American diplomats in Russia sends to President Tru


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The Russians at the Center of the Donald Trump, Jr., E-mails

Joshua Yaffa wrote for the New Yorker on the Russians involved in the Donald Trump Jr. emails and meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016.


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The U.S. Media’s Murky Coverage of Putin and Trump

Joshua Yaffa wrote for the New Yorker about what Russian journalists think of how American reporters cover Trump.


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Putin's World Tour

Amidst daily revelations about Russia's global web of influence, is there a way to chart a path ahead?


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What Did Rex Tillerson Accomplish in Moscow?

Joshua Yaffa wrote for the New Yorker about what Rex Tillerson accomplished in Moscow.


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What the Russian Protests Mean for Putin

Joshua Yaffa wrote for the New Yorker about Russian protests.


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Trump, Putin and the New Cold War

What lay behind Russia’s interference in the 2016 election—and what lies ahead?


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Ukraine, a “Supermarket” For Guns

Joshua Yaffa wrote for the New Yorker about Ukraine's relationship with guns.


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Is Putin's Russia Ready for Trump's America?

Joshua Yaffa writes for the New Yorker about how President Trump will affect Russia.