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

Putin, Syria, and Why Moscow Has Gone War-Crazy

Joshua Yaffa wrote for the New Yorker about why Moscow has gone war-crazy.

Reforming Ukraine After the Revolutions

Joshua Yaffa wrote an article for the New Yorker on the promise, hope, and frustration of Maidan.

What the Kremlin Makes of Donald Trump

Joshua Yaffa wrote for the New Yorker about the Kremlin and Donald Trump.

Putin and Penalty Kicks

What light can soccer hooligans shed on the Kremlin? Joshua Yaffa explains.

Putin’s Ambitions for the War Against ISIS

On Tuesday, Vladimir Putin admitted what had been known to Western intelligence services (and, surely, Russian ones, too) for some time: a b

The Leader Russia Deserves

Hundreds of years of history—especially the experience of the Soviet century and the trauma that followed—have made Putin inevitable.