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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

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Embassy Row: Gibralter seeks rock-solid backing from U.S.

The head of the government of Gibraltar is urging the U.S. to take sides with the British territory in its latest dispute with Spain, which demands sovereignty over the promontory that it claims is an illegal colony. Published October 10, 2013

Embassy Row: Not shut down

U.S. embassies around the world are conducting most diplomatic services in the second week of the partial government shutdown, although some ambassadors note they are not doing "business as usual." Published October 8, 2013

** FILE ** Rep. Edward R. Royce, California Republican and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Embassy Row: Iran sanctions undermined by shutdown, Rep. Royce says

The chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs is accusing Treasury Secretary Jack Lew of "severely" threatening U.S. national security by suspending "nearly all" of the staff that tracks the enforcement of sanctions against Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program. Published October 6, 2013

Embassy Row: The 'darkness of exploitation' in sex trade

The U.S. ambassador in Mexico warned about the dangers of modern slavery in a recent newspaper article but declined to mention Mexico's failure to stop what he called "this horrible exploitation." Published October 1, 2013

** FILE ** This photo released by the Kenya Presidency shows the collapsed upper car park of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. Working near bodies crushed by rubble in a bullet-scarred, scorched mall, FBI agents continued fingerprint, DNA and ballistic analysis to help determine the identities and nationalities of victims and al-Shabab gunmen who attacked the shopping center, killing more than 60 people. (AP Photo/Kenya Presidency)

Embassy Row: Al-Shabab expands its threat

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs this week plans to focus on the threat posed by al-Shabab terrorists, as the Islamist militants spread outside their native Somalia in their hunt for Western and U.S. targets after their assault on a shopping mall in Kenya. Published September 29, 2013

Embassy Row: Hong Kong not America's business

China's communist rulers are accusing the top U.S. diplomat in Hong Kong of interfering in the country's internal affairs by promoting democracy. Published September 26, 2013

Embassy Row: Iraqi responsibility

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations this week demanded that Iraq's prime minister rescue seven Iranian hostages held near Baghdad and protect more than 3,000 other dissidents from attacks. Published September 24, 2013

** FILE ** Iraqi security forces enter through the main gate of Camp Ashraf in Khalis, northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Embassy Row: Message to John Kerry

From Capitol Hill to Brussels, supporters of the Iranian opposition are urging Secretary of State John F. Kerry to take action against Iraq for the massacre of 52 Iranian exiles by Iraqi gunmen. Published September 22, 2013

Embassy Row: Shocking testimony about Iran sanctions

A key Republican on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations was flabbergasted after a senior U.S. diplomat claimed Thursday that sanctions against Iran are the "most effective" she had ever seen. Published September 19, 2013


Embassy Row: Diplomatic condolences

U.S. diplomatic missions lowered the American flag to half staff Tuesday to honor the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting, as foreign officials and diplomats sent condolences to the White House and the families of the 12 victims killed in the rampage. Published September 17, 2013

Mourners carry a coffin draped with an Iraqi flag of a man killed Wednesday in a double bomb attack on a Shiite mosque during a funeral procession in Kasra neighborhood in northern Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. A suicide attacker staged a double bombing near a Shiite mosque in northern Baghdad as worshippers were leaving after evening prayers on Wednesday, according to Iraqi authorities. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Embassy Row: Spectator to slaughter in Iraq

Former U.S. officials are urging Secretary of State John F. Kerry to listen to his own words about Syria and turn his outrage toward the massacre of 52 unarmed Iranian dissidents shot execution-style by Iraqi gunmen in a refugee camp north of Baghdad where the United States had guaranteed their safety. Published September 12, 2013

Embassy Row: Obama's accidental diplomacy on Syria

President Obama's reversal of fortunes over Syria sparked Twitter posts from Washington to Moscow, as foreign policy analysts Tuesday tried to follow the latest twist in the accidental diplomacy at the White House. Published September 10, 2013

** FILE ** Iraqi security forces enter through the main gate of Camp Ashraf in Khalis, northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Embassy Row: Another massacre in Iraq?

Iranian opposition leaders and their U.S. and European supporters are urging President Obama to draw a "red line" in Iraq — a week after gunmen killed 52 Iranian dissidents at a refugee camp north of Baghdad. Published September 8, 2013

**FILE** Wendy Irving (center), a legal resident from Jamaica living in the Bronx borough of New York, shouts slogans during a rally against immigration reform held in front of New York's City Hall on April 10, 2006. (Associated Press)

Embassy Row: 'No earthly ties'

The Jamaican ambassador in Washington apparently believed that Jamaicans smuggled into the United States as children would benefit when President Obama proclaimed a targeted amnesty last year. Published August 22, 2013


Embassy Row: 'She's very rich'

If confirmed as U.S. ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy would be one of America's richest diplomats, with income from corporations that would make a liberal howl "One percenter!" if she weren't a Kennedy. Published August 20, 2013

** FILE ** Samantha Power, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next U.N. Ambassador, listens to Obama speak in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, where he made the announcement. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Embassy Row: Swiss diplomat 'unfit' for U.N.

After criticizing the U.N. for its "entrenched" bureaucracy, Samantha Power now is trying to block the re-election of a Swiss diplomat accused of lavishing praise on dictators and abuse on Israel. Published August 18, 2013

Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in camp set up by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi near Cairo University in Cairo's Giza district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Egyptian police in riot gear swept in with armored vehicles and bulldozers Wednesday to clear the sit-in and the other encampment of supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president in Cairo, showering protesters with tear gas as the sound of gunfire rang out. (AP Photo/Mohammed Asad)

Embassy Row: Pardon the 'inconvenience' in Egypt

The U.S. Embassy in the Egyptian capital issued impassively worded warnings to Americans in Egypt and promptly closed its doors Wednesday afternoon, only three days after reopening the diplomatic compound that was shuttered last week because of a terrorist threat. Published August 15, 2013