David Rieff

United States, 1952

David Rieff is a New York-based journalist and author. During the 1990s, he covered conflicts in Africa (Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Liberia), the Balkans (Bosnia and Kosovo), and Central Asia. Rieff has written extensively about Iraq, and, more recently, about Latin America. He is the author of eight books, including Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West and A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis. He has published numerous articles in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Le Monde, El País, Foreign Affairs and other publications. His book The Reproach of Hunger: Food, Justice, and Money in the 21st Century was published in October 2015. His experience with the historical grievances that fuel conflicts in the Balkan and elsewhere led him to conclude that peace is only possible if we let go of the past, an argument he develops in his latest book In Praise of Forgetting: the Irony of Historical Memory (2016).