Patrick Lawrence, writing most of the time as Patrick L. Smith, has been a correspondent, commentator, editor, and critic for more than 30 years. He has published five books and is currently working on the sixth. Lawrence has taught at universities in the U.S. and abroad and lectures widely. He currently produces two weekly commentaries, primarily on foreign affairs and the media.
Lawrence was a correspondent and subsequently a columnist overseas for Far Eastern Economic Review, the International Herald Tribune, and The New Yorker. He covered nearly every country in the region, a number of them extensively over many years. He won two Overseas Press Club Awards, one for his reportage from Korea during the last years of the dictatorships. Lawrence served as News Editor of the Herald Tribune’s Asian edition before returning to the United States in 2010.
Apart from his staff work, Lawrence’s reportage, commentary, essays, criticism, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Business Week, TIME, The Washington Quarterly, World Policy Journal, The Globalist, The Nation, Asian Art News, and numerous other publications. He is now the foreign affairs columnist at Salon and a contributing commentator at The Fiscal Times. He makes frequent television and radio appearances.