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Indira Lakshmanan

Indira Lakshmanan is a Washington columnist for The Boston Globe, writing about foreign policy and politics, and the Newmark Chair for Journalism Ethics at the Poynter Institute.  She has covered presidential campaigns and interviewed leaders in the U.S. and around the world, reporting from 80 countries on six continents. She traveled regularly with Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry for Bloomberg News, and interviewed Clinton more than a dozen times for Bloomberg TV, Radio and Businessweek.

For two years, she wrote a "Letter from Washington" column for the International Herald Tribune, the overseas edition of The New York Times, and Bloomberg.

Indira is a frequent contributor to TV and radio, and has been a guest host for NPR programs including "Weekend Edition," "The Diane Rehm Show" and "Here and Now," and for shows on WGBH-TV and Bloomberg TV. She started her career on the foreign desk at National Public Radio in Washington and covering the transition from dictatorship to democracy in Chile.

Indira was posted overseas for 12 years, as The Boston Globe's Asia Bureau Chief, its Latin America Bureau Chief, and a Bosnia War correspondent. She covered the fall of the Taliban and the Afghan War, the rebel insurgency in Colombia and China’s rapid change since the death of Deng Xiaoping. She embedded with sea pirates in the Philippines, Maoist rebels in Nepal and Khmer Rouge holdouts in Cambodia. Her work exposed child labor in Bolivian mines, unregulated logging in the Amazon and illegal incarceration of children in Nepal.

Indira graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and did graduate study at Oxford University as a Rotary Scholar. In 2003, she was awarded a Nieman fellowship at Harvard.

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  • POLITICO
    April 15, 2016
    Hillary Clinton knows her biggest weakness as a candidate is that she’s not much of one.
  • Politico
    September 25, 2015
    The inside story of the Obama administration's Iran diplomacy.
  • Bloomberg
    July 16, 2015
    When it was finally all over on Tuesday morning, and the seven foreign ministers gathered before their nations’ flags at the United Nations offices in Vienna to seal the Iranian nuclear deal, emotions burst forth.
  • Bloomberg
    July 14, 2015
    Iran has reached a nuclear accord with six nations, ending a 12-year political standoff. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the deal and President Barack Obama faces a fight in Congress to gain approval of the accord.
  • Bloomberg
    July 10, 2015
    Optimism is fading after 13 days of high-level nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, raising the possibility that almost two years of intense diplomacy could unravel if they don’t reach a deal in coming days.
  • Bloomberg
    June 30, 2015
    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said his Iranian counterpart left nuclear talks in Vienna for discussions with the country’s leaders on removing sanctions, suggesting the issue remains a major hurdle to a deal.
  • Bloomberg
    June 10, 2015
    In the last year, a once-obscure extremist group has overrun some of Iraq’s major cities, seized control of oil wells, industries and banks and emerged as the world’s richest and most feared terrorist force.
  • Bloomberg
    May 12, 2015
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will fly to Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin for their first direct talks after two years filled with tension over Ukraine and other conflicts.
  • Bloomberg
    April 23, 2015
    Bloomberg’s Indira Lakshmanan reports on U.S. foreign policy. She speaks on "Bloomberg Surveillance."
  • Bloomberg News
    April 3, 2015
    Iran and world powers agreed on the main outlines of an accord today, inching closer to ending a decade-old nuclear standoff. Bloomberg’s Indira Lakshmanan reports on “Taking Stock.”
  • Bloomberg
    March 26, 2015
    Negotiators aim to conclude a framework agreement over Iran’s nuclear program by March 29, diplomats said as talks in Switzerland resumed after a week-long break.
  • Bloomberg
    March 23, 2015
    Diplomats and leaders seeking an accord on Iran’s nuclear program said a deal is achievable as they prepare to enter a potentially decisive week for the talks.
  • Bloomberg
    March 18, 2015
    Envoys negotiating an accord over Iran’s nuclear program say they have narrowed their technical disputes, though maybe not enough to forge a pact on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland this week.
  • Bloomberg News
    March 16, 2015
    Talks between the U.S. and Iran resumed Monday as diplomats worked to meet an end-of-March deadline for a deal to ensure the Persian Gulf country can’t acquire a nuclear weapon.
  • Bloomberg News
    March 4, 2015
    We begin with Israeli Prime Minister's Benjamin Netanyahu's warning about a nuclear deal with Iran. Bloomberg's foreign policy correspondent Indira Lakshmanan joined Pimm from Washington.
  • Bloomberg News
    January 23, 2015
    U.S. and Cuban diplomats concluded what both sides called encouraging talks on restoring ties after five decades, as Cuban officials called for their country to be removed from the State Department’s list of nations sponsoring terrorism.
  • Bloomberg News
    January 20, 2015
    When Roberta Jacobson’s plane touches down in Havana this week, she will be the highest-ranking U.S. diplomat to visit the island since President Jimmy Carter’s administration. Her job?
  • Bloomberg News
    December 12, 2014
    Can the pianist Yanni do what negotiations between U.S. and Iranian diplomats have failed to accomplish: bring a little harmony to two nations that have been adversaries for 35 years?
  • Bloomberg News
    November 18, 2014
    Iranians are expressing more optimism than their U.S. and European counterparts as international negotiations resume over the Islamic Republic’s disputed nuclear program.
  • Bloomberg News
    November 11, 2014
    With less than three weeks before a Nov. 24 deadline to reach a deal preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, “big gaps” remain, in the words of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
  • Bloomberg News
    October 21, 2014
    Russian President Vladimir Putin may have the upper hand in the Ukraine conflict now, but he’ll pay a price for his actions in time, “destroying his own personal reputation and Russia’s,” Poland’s ambassador to Washington said.
  • Bloomberg News
    October 15, 2014
    Bloomberg’s Indira Lakshmanan discusses the coalition air campaign against Islamic State.
  • Bloomberg News
    August 19, 2014
    Bloomberg’s Indira Lakshmanan reports on Iraq’s political situation in the wake of former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s stepping down.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 23, 2014
    The Group of Seven nations agreed to find new sources of energy and expand their natural gas infrastructure to prevent Russia from using its oil and gas reserves as a “political weapon,” German Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 23, 2014
    In today's "Global Outlook," Bloomberg's Indira Lakshmanan reports in the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 23, 2014
    In today’s “Global Outlook,” Bloomberg's Indira Lakshmanan and Peter Cook discuss the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis with Trish Regan on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart."
  • Bloomberg News
    July 23, 2014
    An Iranian official said for the first time that Iran may modify a heavy-water reactor near Arak, signaling a willingness to compromise on one of the most contentious issues in efforts to curtail its nuclear program.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 23, 2014
    Iran and world powers set a schedule for five months of negotiations in a race to agree on a definitive nuclear accord before their interim deal expires in July.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 22, 2014
    Bloomberg U.S. diplomacy correspondent Indira Lakshmanan examines Russian President Vladimir Putin’s call for a test of Russian military readiness and tension between Russia and Europe over Ukraine.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 21, 2014
    Bloomberg News’ Indira Lakshmanan reports on the aid offered to Ukraine’s government by the United States as Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Kiev on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”
  • Bloomberg News
    July 21, 2014
    European Union leaders will consider repercussions for Russia at an emergency meeting today on the Ukraine crisis, after Russia’s foreign minister fended off a U.S. effort to ease tensions in the Crimean peninsula.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 21, 2014
    Bloomberg’s Indira Lakshmanan discusses the latest on the Ukrainian crisis.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 21, 2014
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in London to press his Russian counterpart to halt a takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula after clashes killed one person and injured dozens in the country’s east.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 21, 2014
    European and U.S. officials will probably hold their most punitive sanctions on Russia in reserve as they wait for President Vladimir Putin to show his hand on whether he plans to push his forces deeper into Ukraine.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 21, 2014
    Russian President Vladimir Putin took another step toward annexing Crimea, defying sanctions imposed by the U.S. and European Union in the worst standoff with Russia since the end of the Cold War.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 21, 2014
    Bloomberg's Indira Lakshmanan reports on how the Ukraine crisis may be affecting nuclear talks with Iran.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 21, 2014
    Barclays Head of North American Commodities Helima Croft and Bloomberg's Indira Lakshmanan discuss the crisis in Ukraine on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop."
  • Bloomberg News
    July 18, 2014
    Halima Habibi isn’t sure she’ll have the courage to leave her home tomorrow to vote in an election marking Afghanistan’s first democratic transfer of power since the U.S. ousted the Taliban in 2001.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 18, 2014
    Bloomberg’s Indira Lakshmanan reports on the tense situation in Eastern Ukraine and elections in Afghanistan.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 11, 2014
    Four months after Vladimir Putin’s government annexed Crimea, the U.S. and European Union have failed to deliver on threats to cripple Russia’s economy, penalizing fewer than 100 people and companies.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 10, 2014
    Russia vowed to defend its citizens in neighboring Ukraine after the government in Kiev said it’s resuming operations to oust militants from eastern cities.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 8, 2014
    U.S. and Iranian officials are holding an extra round of meetings to revive momentum in the push for an accord on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. The two sides will reconvene today after they met for five hours in Geneva yesterday.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 8, 2014
    President Vladimir Putin’s threats to retaliate for further sanctions on Russia set the stage for escalating economic warfare that may have painful effects for U.S. and European companies.
  • Bloomberg News
    July 8, 2014
    As Russia and Iran step in to bolster the government in Baghdad, U.S. President Barack Obama has no good options to help defeat the al-Qaeda splinter group that’s proclaimed an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria.