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James Morrison

James Morrison

James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor until his transfer to the Metro desk as the Virginia editor. Mr. Morrison returned to the Foreign Desk in 1993 to launch the Embassy Row column, a diplomatic news column primarily focusing on foreign ambassadors in the United States and U.S. ambassadors abroad. The column is the only one of its kind in U.S. journalism.

Mr. Morrison was born on Nov. 27, 1950, in Charleston, W.Va. His father worked as a printer for the Charleston Gazette and later relocated to Washington to work as a photo engraver at The Washington Post until his retirement. Before joining The Washington Times, James Morrison was a reporter for the Springfield, Va., Times, the Northern Virginia Sun and the Alexandria Gazette. He attended American University.


Articles by James Morrison

Richard Norland

Embassy Row: 'Secret recording' enrages ambassador

Even skilled diplomats sometimes stumble, especially when they think the microphones are off. U.S. Ambassador Richard Norland in the former Soviet republic of Georgia found himself sputtering in outrage over comments he made earlier this month to students at Tbilisi State University in the capital of the Black Sea nation. Published November 24, 2013


Embassy Row: Refugee camp is Iran and America's shame

Members of Congress and former diplomats Thursday invoked John F. Kennedy, the civil rights movement and Thanksgiving as they called on President Obama to keep America's promise to protect Iranian dissidents languishing in an Iraqi refugee camp. Published November 21, 2013

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius scuttles a deal pushed by the U.S. and other Western nations to get Iran to freeze its uranium enrichment in exchange for easing some crippling economic sanctions. (Associated Press)

Embassy Row: French 'backbone' on Iran deal

France has made a scheduled congressional hearing on Iran this week more interesting than promised.Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius early Sunday scuttled a deal pushed by the U.S. and other Western nations to get Iran to freeze its uranium enrichment in exchange for easing some crippling economic sanctions. Published November 10, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, right, in Riyadh, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Seeking to bridge multiple policy rifts with Saudi Arabia, Kerry hailed the kingdom's role as "the senior player" in the Middle East on Monday. Speaking to employees at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh ahead of meetings with Saudi Arabia's king and foreign minister, Kerry said Saudi Arabia had assumed the Arab leadership mantle from Egypt, which is currently distracted by major domestic uncertainty. He said strengthening the U.S.-Saudi partnership is critical to Mideast security and stability and cementing tentative political transitions around the region. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

Embassy Row: To Saudis, Obama a 'paper tiger president'

President Obama is losing respect in Saudi Arabia and risks U.S. influence in the entire Middle East, where Russia is posed to pounce, the head of an independent Saudi-based think tank warned Thursday. Published November 7, 2013

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev seen  during the voting at a polling station in Baku, Azerbaijan, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Oil-rich Azerbaijan is booming and the wealth is trickling down to its poorest people. It all means that its president doesn't even need to clamp down too hard to ensure he extends a decades-long dynastic rule in elections on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Embassy Row: A work in progress in Azerbaijan

The U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan was diplomatic but firm in a post-election interview in the former Soviet republic, which has been dominated by a father-son regime widely criticized as autocratic but widely courted as a pro-Western nation with vast energy resources. Published November 5, 2013

** FILE ** South Korean protesters wearing masks of U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye perform during a rally denouncing U.S. National Security Agency's alleged spying on its allies near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Embassy Row: Charges of U.S. spying erupt in Asia

The U.S. spying scandal is spreading to Asia, where the foreign ministers of Malaysia and Indonesia have chastised American diplomats and publicly denounced the National Security Agency. Published November 3, 2013

In 1988, investigators sift through Pan Am Flight 103 wreckage in Lockerbie, Scotland. Moammar Gadhafi's reported death resonated with the families who had loved ones on the airliner and who held Col. Gadhafi responsible for approving the bombing that killed 270 people.

Embassy Row: 25 years after Lockerbie, Scots hear outrage over release of bomber

The United States was outraged over Britain's decision four years ago to release the Libyan terrorist convicted of planning an airline bombing that killed 189 Americans, U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun told a Scottish reporter this week as the 25th anniversary of the 1988 Lockerbie attack approaches. Published October 31, 2013

Raouf Saad

Embassy Row: Who lost Egypt?

President Obama's moves to downgrade relations with Egypt are encouraging the military-backed government in one of America's major Middle East allies to rekindle ties with Russia. Published October 29, 2013

Secretary of State John F. Kerry urged Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday to step up efforts to ensure Iranian flights over Iraq do not carry military aid to Syria. Only two planes reportedly have been inspected since July. (Associated Press)

Embassy Row: Appeal to Obama regarding Iranian dissidents

Three dozen former U.S. officials are urging President Obama, who meets Friday with Iraq's prime minister, to demand that the prime minister release seven kidnapped Iranian dissidents and help relocate thousands of others guaranteed U.S. protection at a refugee camp in Baghdad. Published October 27, 2013

Michael B. Oren

Embassy Row: Israel's Oren speaks out

Former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren is worried that the United States is withdrawing from foreign affairs and he doubts that U.S. efforts to broker peace between Israelis and Palestinians will calm tensions in the Middle East. Published October 24, 2013

** FILE ** Work has begun on the Keystone XL pipeline near Winona, Texas, but whether it will ever carry oil sands from central Canada to Gulf Coast refineries awaits a decision by President Obama. (Tyler [Texas] Morning Telegraph via Associated Press)

Embassy Row: Canada's oil headed to China?

A former U.S. ambassador to Canada is warning President Obama that China could gain a major source of fuel if he continues to oppose an oil pipeline from Alberta to Texas. Published October 22, 2013

Illustration: Suzan Johnson Cook

Embassy Row: Tunnel terror in Israel

The U.S. ambassador to Israel was astounded when he peered into a tunnel for terrorists dug from the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip into the Jewish state. Published October 20, 2013

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych during their meeting with EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood policy Stefan Fule in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is hoping for a quick solution to the problem the jailed former premier Yulia Tymoshenko, whose release is a key condition for a landmark agreement with the European Union.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov,Pool)

Embassy Row: Pressing Ukraine on Tymoshenko

The U.S. and the European Union sent a strong diplomatic signal to Ukraine this week by linking improved trade relations to the release of the ailing pro-Western opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. Published October 17, 2013

A man passes by an election billboard in central Belgrade, Serbia, that depicts Ivica Dacic, the leader of the Socialist Party of Serbia, formed by late strongman Slobodan Milosevic, on May 5, 2012. (Associated Press)

Embassy Row: Gay diplomacy

Aggressively promoting a homosexual agenda abroad, the Obama administration recently denounced Serbia for canceling a gay pride parade, expressing strong diplomatic displeasure at the culturally conservative Balkan nation. Published October 15, 2013

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey

Embassy Row: Broken promises on Iranian dissidents

Michael B. Mukasey feels betrayed. The attorney general under President George W. Bush gave his personal assurance to the president of the Iranian resistance that its dissidents would be protected by Iraqi troops, not massacred by Iraqi gunmen. Published October 13, 2013