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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

Embassy Row: Nothing to smile at

The U.S. ambassador to the former Soviet republic of Georgia is a seasoned diplomat who served in dangerous outposts such as Afghanistan and frozen ones such as the Arctic. Published August 13, 2013

** FILE ** Samantha Power. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Embassy Row: Open for business

All but one of the 19 U.S. diplomatic missions closed last week because of terrorist threats reopened Sunday, after days of debate about whether the Obama administration overreacted to "chatter" from al Qaeda leaders. Published August 11, 2013

Embassy Row: 'Ambassador of evil'

Egyptians have denounced President Obama and U.S. Ambassador Anne W. Patterson for supporting the now-ousted Muslim Brotherhood-led government, but now they are turning their fury against a diplomat who last served at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo 22 years ago. Published August 8, 2013

Embassy Row: Belly laughs in Egypt

Even belly dancers are making fun of President Obama and his beleaguered ambassador in Cairo, as many Egyptians accuse the U.S. of trying to restore the ousted Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Published August 6, 2013

Embassy Row: Security alert

The al Qaeda threat that closed 22 U.S. diplomatic posts Sunday followed intense efforts in Washington to increase security at embassies in danger spots around the world, nearly a year after the deadly terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Published August 4, 2013

Embassy Row: 'We're best friends'

Twelve generations after John Winthrop left England in 1630 to seek religious liberty in Massachusetts, his descendant Matthew Winthrop Barzun will soon return as U.S. ambassador. Published August 1, 2013

Ambassador Gary Doer of Canada
(Associated Press)

Embassy Row: Disputing Obama

Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer understands the real reason behind the U.S. delay in approving the Keystone XL Pipeline, as President Obama invents excuses to appease environmentalists who oppose the project. Published July 30, 2013

Embassy Row: Sounding an alarm on Iran's support for Syria

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs this week will focus on Iran's support for the Syrian regime in a civil war that has claimed 100,000 lives and Iranian influence in Latin America, where an Argentine prosecutor accuses the Islamic regime of running spy networks in nine countries. Published July 28, 2013


Embassy Row: She's a Kennedy

President Obama nomination of Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan sparked a lively debate about her qualifications to serve in one of America's most important diplomatic posts. Published July 25, 2013


Embassy Row: Surrender Edward Snowden

The U.S. ambassador in Moscow this week demanded that Russia surrender fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden, whose attorney said Tuesday that his client might file a lawsuit if Russia denies his request for political asylum. Published July 23, 2013

Embassy Row: Another 'Black Monday'

Religious leaders in the Dominican Republic are calling for another round of protests Monday over President Obama's decision to nominate an open homosexual to serve as U.S. ambassador to the predominantly Catholic Caribbean nation. Published July 21, 2013

Embassy Row: 'Suffer and leave'

A former U.N. official who has accused his ex-boss of covering up human rights abuses against Iranian dissidents in Iraq is seeking help in Washington for the exiles, as Baghdad pressures them to return to Iran where they would face execution as traitors. Published July 18, 2013

Embassy Row: Caroline Kennedy, again

President Obama is definitely, positively, unquestionably going to nominate Caroline Kennedy as U.S. ambassador to Japan — soon. Published July 16, 2013

Embassy Row: Church and state issues in Romania

Twenty members of Congress are accusing Romania of refusing to return massive amounts of church property that communists confiscated from the country's Jewish and ethnic-Hungarian communities. Published July 4, 2013


Embassy Row: Unlocking Tibet

The American Embassy in China on Tuesday released photographs of U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke on a visit to Tibet, the tightly restricted Himalayan region repressed by Chinese communist authorities. Published July 2, 2013


Embassy Row: Gay diplomat an 'insult'

Church leaders in culturally conservative Dominican Republic are outraged that President Obama nominated an openly homosexual activist to serve as ambassador to the Caribbean nation. Published June 30, 2013

Embassy Row: 'Stain' on the U.N.

Susan E. Rice this week denounced the U.N. Security Council for failing to condemn Syria's government, calling its inaction a "moral and strategic disgrace," in her final remarks as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Published June 27, 2013

Embassy Row: Sex and diplomacy

The gay community is cheering President Obama for nominating three open homosexuals to ambassadorial posts, while the head of the Catholic League is denouncing the mainstream media for ignoring news of a U.S. ambassador accused of soliciting sex from children. Published June 18, 2013

Iranian President-elect Hasan Rowhani stands in front of a portrait of the country's revolutionary founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, during a visit to the late cleric's shrine just outside Tehran on Sunday, June 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Embassy Row: 'Lap dog' president

As the polls opened Friday in Iran's presidential election, a leading member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee declared the winner would be nothing more than a "pliable and dependable lap dog" who will serve Iran's extremist religious rulers. Published June 16, 2013