Roy Gutman

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Roy Gutman is currently a Jennings Randolph senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, and a Washington-based correspondent for Newsday. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for his reporting in Bosnia and is author of Banana Diplomacy: The Making of American Policy in Nicaragua 1981-1987 and A Witness to Genocide. [1]

Gutman grew up in Hartford, Connecticut. Education: Haverford College ('66), studied history, and then the London School of Economics – degree in international relations. [2]

Human Rights and USIP

After the war against Yugoslavia, Gutman joined USIP, an official US think-tank which was central to the propagation of the "human rights" or "humanitarian" intervention approach. Gutman became head of Crimes of War Project, and together with David Rieff published Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know, a "human rights campaigners' handbook"[3] Gutman and Rieff argue that after the embarrasing colonial period: "... in well-off Western countries, the canons of humanitarian law took hold..." And "... they even cite as evidence the US-led carpet bombing of Iraq during the Gulf War, praising the United States government's 'attempt to adhere scrupulously to these humanitarian norms'. Similar praise was applied to US planners in Kosovo and Afghanistan conflicts..."[4]


References, Resources and Contact



  • Roy Gutman and David Rieff, Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know, 1999.


  1. 'Roy Gutman: Guide to Specialists', USIP website, accessed 8 April, 2009.
  2. 'How We Missed the Story: About the Author', USIP website, accessed 8 April, 2009.
  3. David Chandler, From Kosovo to Kabul and Beyond: Human Rights and International Intervention, Pluto Press, 2006 (2nd Edition). p. 170.
  4. Chandler, ibid., p. 171
  5. Advisory Board, Dart Centre (Accessed: 8 October, 2007)
  6. McClatchy Interviews 66 Fmr. Prisoners Held by U.S., Finds Widespread Abuse and Wrongful Imprisonments, DemocracyNow, 19 June, 2008.