David Smith

David Smith was an award-winning correspondent for 30 years for ITN/C4News, then worked as an adviser to Kofi Annan at the UN. Now based in Latin America, he writes for The Economist. He is the author of three books, and sometime Visiting Professor in the United States.

David Smith on why the years following Franco’s death will always hold a place in his heart

David Smith recalls his time as a journalist covering the devastating famine in Karamoja, northern Uganda, in the 1980s

David Smith on the time he spent with Yasir Arafat, the former Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization

David Smith reminisces on his relationship with John McCain

David Smith recalls past conflicts between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and a special friend who kept him alive

David Smith recalls his relationship with Bill and Hillary Clinton during his time working as a correspondent The White House

From Finchley Grammar to Jerusalem, Moscow, and Washington: David Smith recalls his lifelong association with Margaret Thatcher

David Smith recalls time spent with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia: the most murderous army of insurrection in Latin America’s modern history

David Smith recalls his association with Renato Curcio, the former leader of Italy’s ultra-left terrorist group the Red Brigades

From bonding over jokes about Jesuit teachers to becoming a persona non grata, David Smith recalls his relationship with Robert Mugabe