Tim Judah covers the Balkans for the Economist. He is the author of three books on the region: The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia and Kosovo: War & Revenge. The third, Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know was published at the end of 2008. From 1990 to 1991 he lived in Bucharest and covered the aftermath of communism in Romania and Bulgaria for The Times and The Economist. After that he moved to Belgrade for both publications in order to cover the war in Yugoslavia. He moved back to London in 1995 but continues to travel frequently to the region. He writes almost all the coverage of the former Yugoslavia for The Economist.
In 2009 he was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the South East European Research Unit of the European Institute at the London School of Economics, where he developed the concept of the “Yugosphere”. Since 11 September 2001 he has also covered other parts of the world for The Economist and the New York Review of Books amongst others. These have included Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea and Darfur. He has also reported from Georgia for The Economist, including Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
In 2008 he published a book for Reportage Press Bikila: Ethiopia’s Barefoot Olympian which is about the life and times of the first black African to win a gold medal at the Olympics in Rome 1960. He was shortlisted for this in the best new sportswriter category for the 2009 British Sports Book Awards.