Justin Lynch

Adjunct Editorial Fellow

Justin Lynch is an adjunct editorial fellow at New America, and a multimedia journalist in East Africa. He is the East Africa stringer for the Associated Press, mostly writing about South Sudan. He has also written for the New Yorker, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, Slate, Al-Jazeera, Christian Science Monitor, the Daily Beast, and others.

He has appeared on TV for Al-Jazeera's Inside Story and ABC Australia. He has also been interviewed for radio on NPR, BBC, WAMU, and other programs.

His investigation into ethnically targeted killings in the town of Yei influenced the United Nations to declare ethnic cleansing in South Sudan in November 2016. South Sudan's government later arrested and deported him from the country. His investigation into an attack on a UN base in the town of Malakal in February 2016 was also credited with proving that government soldiers attacked the base, and UN peacekeepers fled during the attack. 

Previously he was the social media coordinator at New America. Follow him on twitter @just1nlynch, or email him lynch@newamerica.org

All Work

U.N. Peacekeepers Need to Do More to Prevent Genocide in South Sudan

According to the United Nations, South Sudan risks devolving into genocide—and Yei has become the epicenter of that crisis.

The Fight to Bring Commercial Drones to Africa

According to statistics from the New America Foundation, of the six countries that have introduced drone regulations in Africa, only Namibia

For Manufacturing Turn Right at the Circulation Desk

Justin Lynch examines how - even in the age of dwindling library budgets - people are visiting new labs with 3D printers at their local publ

Social Good Is about More Than a Bottom Line

When it comes to changing the world for the better, we need to re-think our single-minded focus on metrics. Experts on social entrepreneursh

Zarif Unfiltered

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on nuclear negotiations, Sen. Tom Cotton and the future in the Middle East.

Why a U.S.-Iran friendship is just wishful thinking

Rapprochement between Iran and the United States centers around the idea of shared threats. Iran, like the United States, has been forced to

Automatic for the People

Justin Lynch provides a synopsis of Retirement Security Federalism, a discussion about the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program.

Automatic for the People

Automatic IRAs give more people a better chance to save for retirement, and Illinois' state law is paving the way for other states.

Beyond the Wall Lies a Different China

Roughly half of Chinese people actually live in these rural areas—areas Westerners rarely remember or acknowledge.

The Role of Fate and Abandonment in Afghanistan

"88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary" reminds us that inevitable victories are actually decided by slim and sometimes arbitrary margins.

The Spy Who Tried to Stop the Afghan War

Painfully, one of the biggest “what ifs” in the book might have avoided war all together, saving thousands of lives and hundreds of billions

How to make friends with spies

The amount of intelligence sharing between the U.S. and Britain is so extensive that at times it even exceeds the intelligence sharing pract