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.

Powell’s real legacy was Barack Obama

Abiy Ahmed has joined the long list of Africa’s “democrats” who became dictators

The legacy of communist cult leader Abimael Guzman lives on in Peru

Twenty years later, it’s hard to remember how the world reacted with a unity unthinkable today

The winners of the Cold War turned out to be the authoritarians, not the democrats

How my first editor taught me to report “without fear or favour”

Boris Yeltsin’s path to the end of the Soviet Union, and the dawn of a new Russia that led, unerringly, to the despotic power we see today

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