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Karl E. Meyer [1937–2019]

This page covers the author of Tournament of Shadows: The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia.

Karl E. Meyer is Karl Ernest Meyer (1). For other authors named Karl Ernest Meyer, see the disambiguation page.

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Karl E. Meyer is an author, foreign correspondent and a longtime editorial writer for the New York Times and Washington Post. He is currently editor emeritus of the quarterly World Policy Journal. Kingmaker’s is his eleventh book.

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, he is a graduate (history) of the University of Wisconsin (Madison) where he edited both the Daily Cardinal and the Athenaean literary magazine. He holds a Master of Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University as well as a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton.

From 1956-1971, he was first a reporter, then a member of the Editorial Board of the Washington Post; in 1965-70, he was the Post’s London Bureau Chief and 1970-71 he headed its New York Bureau. He joined the New York Times Editorial Board in 1979 where he served until 1998 as the senior writer on foreign affairs and a contributor to the Arts and Ideas section.

After his retirement from the Times, Meyer became Editor of the World Policy Journal, published quarterly at the New School University, a position he held until 2008.

He has also been a Washington correspondent of The New Statesman of London (1962-65); television columnist and contributing editor of The Saturday Review (1975-79), and a contributing editor of Archaeology (1999-2005).

He has been a visiting professor at Yale University, Tuft University’s Fletcher School, Bard College, and the McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton. He has been a Reuter Fellow at Oxford University, a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin), and is a fellow of Davenport College, Yale. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Century Association.

Resident of New York City and Weston, Ct.

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