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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

**FILE** John Brennan, deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, briefs reporters at the White House in Washington on Oct. 29, 2010. (Associated Press)

Embassy Row: 'We love the big lug'

Conservatives think he is too soft on terrorism, and liberals think he is too hard. However, relatives of the victims of one of the most infamous terrorist attacks on an American target are praising John O. Brennan and urging the Senate to confirm him as the next director of the CIA. Published January 10, 2013

Embassy Row: 'I am not gay,' King Pu-tsung says

Taiwan's new envoy to the U.S. is battling rumors that he had a homosexual relationship with the president of the democratic island nation, a longtime political ally and strong supporter of gay rights in the country formally known as the Republic of China. Published January 8, 2013

Embassy Row: World leaders tweet

President Obama remains the world's chattiest leader, with a chart-topping 24 million followers on Twitter – far outpacing his nearest competitor, the cancer-stricken Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, who has 4 million. Published January 3, 2013

Embassy Row: Hit list

Al Qaeda is offering a bounty of more than 6 pounds of gold to anyone who assassinates the U.S. ambassador to Yemen after U.S. drone strikes killed nine suspected terrorists last week in the battle-scarred Arabian Peninsula country. Published December 30, 2012

President Obama returns a Marine honor guard's salute as he steps off the Marine One helicopter and walks on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington on Dec. 27, 2012, as he returned early from his Hawaii vacation for meetings on the fiscal cliff. (Associated Press)

Embassy Row: Name droppers

The diplomatic guessing game that comes with every president's second term is sweeping swank salons from Washington to Hollywood, as big-time Obama supporters gossip about who is expected to get the coveted titles of Mister Ambassador or Madam Ambassador. Published December 27, 2012

Embassy Row: Ciao, America

The Italian foreign minister, the Italian ambassador, several Italian-American members of Congress and leaders of scores of Italian-American organizations crowded into a hallway of the National Gallery of Art this week to celebrate a nation that – as they said – was discovered by an Italian and named after one. Published December 13, 2012

Embassy Row: The best and the worst

Israel may be surrounded by hostile nations that want to destroy it, but its ambassador in Washington still holds out hope for the future. Published December 11, 2012

Embassy Row: Mission accomplished

Peter Burian's pursuit of his lost luggage is almost a metaphor for his country, the Slovak Republic, and its quest for respect and relevance in Europe. Published December 9, 2012

Embassy Row: Dumping Danny

As Israel's ambassador to the United States, Danny Ayalon developed a strong friendship with President George W. Bush and personally arranged a multibillion-dollar U.S. loan package that allowed the Jewish state to raise foreign funds at low interest rates. Published December 6, 2012

Embassy Row: ‘Day-to-day’ struggle

For a country known for the majestic Danube River, rhapsodies by Liszt, ancient castles, the world's best paprika and, of course, the Gabor sisters, Hungary still has an image problem. Published December 4, 2012

Embassy Row: Genuine war crimes

The U.S. ambassador to Syria condemned President Bashar Assad for ordering his military to attack hospitals in areas under the control of Syrian rebels, calling the attacks "genuine war crimes." Published December 2, 2012

Embassy Row: Murder charges filed

The Philippines this week filed murder charges against four men in the fatal stabbing of a U.S. diplomat's husband, a Marine Corps officer who was killed after fighting with the suspects outside a gated community where he lived with his wife and three children. Published November 29, 2012

Embassy Row: Ambassasdor and vultures

The ambassador from Argentina sees "vulture" capitalists circling the shaky economy of his South American nation. Published November 27, 2012

Embassy Row: Unreliable sources

U.S. Ambassador Richard Morningstar in Azerbaijan is denouncing state media reports that claimed he praised democratic development in one of the most abusive regions of the former Soviet republic in Central Asia. Published November 25, 2012

Embassy Row: ‘Shut up,’ he explained

The Chinese ambassador to Canada, in an oblique outburst this week, told the chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to — in effect — put up or "shut up." Published November 20, 2012

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican. (AP) ** FILE **

Embassy Row: ‘Abyss and hypocrisy’

The head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee joined international civil rights groups in denouncing the election of nations with oppressive regimes to seats on the U.N. Human Rights Council. Published November 18, 2012

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Embassy Row: They’re back

Ali Safavi had waited 15 years for a chance to celebrate the legal return of the Iranian resistance to Washington. Published November 15, 2012

Embassy Row: Caesar salad days

The ambassador from the former Soviet republic of Georgia is tired and frustrated after only a year in Washington. Published November 13, 2012

Embassy Row: Vatican in play

The resignation of the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican presents President Obama with the same dilemma he faced three years ago in trying to find a pro-life Democrat to fill the diplomatic post in the Holy See, which is angered by Mr. Obama's push to force Catholic institutions to provide health insurance coverage for abortion and birth control. Published November 11, 2012

Embassy Row: No comment

An ambassador, it is said, is someone who thinks very carefully before saying nothing. Never is that old saying truer than during an American presidential campaign. Published November 4, 2012