Chrystia Freeland

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Full name: Chrystia Freeland

Area of interest: Expertise in the history and culture of Eastern Europe and Russia; US business and political culture

Journals/Organisation: Reuters | Financial Times


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Education: Harvard University: BA History and Literature (spending junior year in 1988/89 studying Ukrainian history and literature at Kiev State University); St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University: Slavonic Studies (Rhodes Scholar)

Career: Began career working as a stringer in Ukraine, writing for the FT, The Washington Post and The Economist; worked for two years at The Globe and Mail as deputy editor; Joined FT in 1994. Served as: Moscow Bureau Chief and Eastern Europe Correspondent, UK News Editor, Editor of, Editor of the Weekend edition, Editor of Electronic Services, Deputy Editor (London), US Managing Editor and Op-Ed columnist

Current position/role: Managing Director and Editor, Consumer News, at Thomson Reuters

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  • advisory board of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto
  • board member of the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children



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Video: Freelance work for the BBC and CBS in Ukraine



  • Best Energy Submission, Business Journalist of the Year Awards in 2004, for an item on Russian 'oligarch' Mikhail Khodorkovsky in the FT Magazine
  • Honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum


Other: Chrystia Freeland joins Reuters as Global Editor -at-Large, press release, 1st March 2010

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Latest work: Plutocrats OCLC795857028 Allen Lane, 2012. Reviewed here by Hamish McRae


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Articles: 2013

  • Mysteries of the middle class - If you are worried about the Western middle class – and we all should be – you may have started to have some doubts about the virtues of flexible labor markets - 28th June
  • Economic worries and the global elite - Here’s one sign the global elite is starting to get worried that capitalism isn’t working for the Western middle class - 17th June
  • The perils of authoritarian overreach - The past week has been a lesson in the perils and the apparent inevitability of overreach. The most eye-catching example has been in Turkey... - 7th June
  • Some cracks in the technocrat cult - We are living in the age of the technocrats. In business, Big Data, and the Big Brains who can parse it, rule. In government, the technocrats are on top, too - 23rd May
  • Does inequality help growth- or hurt it? - One of the most urgent questions in economics today is the connection between inequality and growth. That is because one of the big economic facts of our time is the surge in income disparity, particularly between those at the very top and everyone else - 16th May
  • Poor little rich kids - If you doubt that we live in a winner-take-all economy and that education is the trump card, consider the vast amounts the affluent spend to teach their offspring - 9th May
  • Business, taxes and responsibility - In recent months, people and their politicians around the world have been astonished to learn that big companies and billionaires will go to extraordinary lengths to pay lower taxes - 3rd May
  • Twilight of the middle class? - It’s evening in America. That is the worrying news from the latest Heartland Monitor Poll, conducted quarterly and sponsored by the insurer Allstate and National Journal - 26th April
  • Banker steps into the role of superhero - In other ages, we have called on shamans or saints in times of crisis when the usual remedies have not worked - 23rd April
  • How do middle powers fare in a winner-take-all economy? - How should countries navigate the twin challenges of our time – globalization and the technology revolution? - 16th April
  • The sorrow and the pity of Obama’s budget - Pity Barack Obama. Everything in his life experience prepared him to be the president who would take on the big challenge of the 21st century - 11th April
  • A novel look at emerging market entrepreneurs - If you read just one book this spring to understand how the world is changing, it should be Mohsin Hamid’s new novel, “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.” The central theme of this funny and vivid work is familiar: the great shift in the global economy’s center of gravity from West to East - 4th April
  • When capital flies, but corruption stays behind - One of the most important political and economic facts of this young century is that capital has been slipping the traces of the nation-state. Business is global; government is national. That mismatch is one of the big sources of tension in the world today - 28th March
  • The permanent class divide - The one thing pretty much all of us agree on is the importance of equal opportunity. Opinion is divided about the significance of rising income inequality per se. Some see it as a problem in and of itself. But for others, a growing economic divide, so long as it is meritocratic, is a healthy characteristic of a growing, entrepreneurial society - 22nd March
  • Why are people leaning on “Lean In”? - “Man is defined as a human being and woman is defined as a female. Whenever she tries to behave as a human being she is accused of trying to emulate the male.” That observation by Simone de Beauvoir... - 14th March
  • Give the children the vote? - Here’s a novel way to address the problems caused by rising income inequality: give children the vote - 8th March
  • The political clout of the superrich - Louis D. Brandeis, the American jurist, famously warned: “We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” - 1st March
  • Technology, the economy and pool cleaning - One way to divide people is into foxes and hedgehogs. Another is into those who think this time is different and those who believe there is never anything new under the sun - 21st February
  • China, technology and the U.S. middle class - President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech this week confirmed it: The pre-eminent political and economic challenge in the industrialized democracies is how to make capitalism work for the middle class - 15th February
  • Putting the magnifying glass on the one percent - Academics can be dismissive of the concerns of the popular media. But when it comes to the growth of the super-rich, the tabloids may have gotten it right - 8th February
  • The key to the meaning of Keystone XL - Is oil like red meat or is it like tobacco? Your answer to that question determines how you feel about the North American boom in unconventional sources of fossil fuel, particularly the Canadian oil sands - 1st February
  • Davos prescriptions for the U.S. economy - DAVOS, Switzerland – Get ready for a new elite consensus on the U.S. budget deficit. One of the functions of the World Economic Forum – decide for yourself whether this is a virtue or a vice – is to give the plutocrats a venue for figuring out their party line. Think of it as crowdsourcing for the 0.1 percent - 25th January
  • Finding economists’ common ground - This is a tough time for experts. Empowered by the Internet and embittered by the sour economy, many people doubt the wisdom of expert elites - 11th January

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Articles: 2008

  • Investors had little choice but to keep on dancing - The boom – and the inevitable bust – happened because investors obeyed the logic of financial markets - 9th October
  • Brave consumers will be back - It is no surprise that the mood in the US has been muted this holiday season. In recent years, as plutocrats prospered and the rest of the country felt rich too, thanks to home equity loans and mushrooming personal debt, consumption became something of a secular religion. Today, neo-puritans are taking no small pleasure in castigating themselves and their countrymen for that now bygone era - 31st December 2008
  • The first in many ways - In a week when America elected its first African-American president, and its first Democrat in 32 years to win a majority of the popular vote, one of the most e-mailed news stories on The New York Times website was a 475-word item on the red and black Narciso Rodriguez frock his wife wore for his victory speech - 8th November 2008
  • Young, gifted and black: the winning formula - In his victory speech in Chicago’s Grant Park, President-elect Barack Obama reminded his euphoric supporters that he “was never the likeliest candidate for this office” - 5th November 2008
  • New president must rise above playing the blame game - In addition to the time-honoured witches and demons, current events inspired many of the revellers at the annual Halloween street party in New York’s Greenwich Village to don a more unusual costume - 4th November 2008
  • Demise of Reaganomics poses grave intellectual challenge to Republicans - Whether Republicans find themselves in government or in the wilderness, on November 5 they will need to confront the new reality that opposing socialism has become insufficient as a political and economic agenda - 30th October 2008
  • Obama’s vision thing is his most potent asset - You might be tempted to accuse the Illinois newcomer, as the first President Bush said of himself, of lacking “the vision thing” – but vision is Barack Obama’s most potent political asset - 21st October 2008
  • Why Joe the Plumber of Ohio is no ordinary Joe - If Mr Obama wins the presidential contest – and if he wants to be the truly transformational leader that America and the world need right now – he will need to find a way to bring the Joe Wurzelbachers along with him - 18th October 2008
  • The hoi polloi vents its discontent - Americans have good reason to distrust their elite. The country’s political rulers, led by George Bush’s strong-arm White House, have made it easy to believe that the US government just doesn’t work - 4th October 2008
  • Bosses’ greed releases class war - This week, America discovered class war. Newt Gingrich denounced the Treasury’s $700bn plan to flush the toxic debt off Wall Street balance sheets as a “very, very bad idea” - 25th September 2008
  • Palin is a true feminist role model - What Democrats, and progressives generally, will have a harder time accepting is that Gov Palin’s nomination could be a milestone for American women: in many ways she is an even better feminist icon than America’s reigning top gal Hillary Clinton - 3rd September 2008
  • The oligarchs could be Russia’s best bet - how the bear can be tamed - 22nd August 2008
  • The personal is political, but don’t forget the kids - We would all love to have a stay-at-home wife, and the working girls yearn for one even more than their rumpled husbands - 9th August 2008
  • Obama- love could hurt what it cherishes most - US presidents must be supermen who bestride the globe but must do a plausible impersonation of an ordinary guy - 26th July 2008
  • A new era of frugality - Spending less may be a good move during a period of economic insecurity, but Americans can do better by consuming within their capacity to produce - 21st April 2008
  • Voice of half the people - America is desperately in need of a feminist leader who can express the grievances of women in a language men would listen to and understand - 14th April 2008
  • Wealth of the nation - Research debunks the Easterlin Paradox - being richer does make you happier - 7th April 2008
  • The nice squad - As winter turns to spring and the Pennsylvania primary approaches, is it better to be nasty or to be nice in politics and in the boardroom - 17th March 2008
  • Voters get a fuzzy feeling - The educated and wealthier voters, specially those who are younger and male, tend to be pro-Obama in this demographically charged contest - 7th March 2008
  • Staying ahead in the fields - If you are acquainted with a farmer, you will know that just as the US economy is tipping into recession, things are now pretty terrific down on many farms - 1st March 2008
  • Save us from eco-mum - Earlier this month, a thunderstorm postponed a school “science walk’” during which my six-year-old was supposed to learn more about “aquatic ecosystems - 23rd February 2008
  • Women adapt to survive - I am not one of the feminists who believes American women have a duty to their gender to vote for Hillary Clinton - 15th February 2008
  • Community spirit - Americans seem keen to escape the identity politics that have so marked the past three decades, yet when it came to the choices Americans actually made on Super Tuesday, demographics seemed impossible to escape - 9th February 2008
  • Let the bad times roll - A country with big budget and trade deficits, a weakening currency, a spendthrift culture, a financial sector lacking the skills and systems to manage the risks it has assumed and a banking sector that consistently extended credit to parties unable to repay it goes into financial crisis - 2nd February 2008
  • Tears for ballot-box fears - Does Hillary Clinton have to cry to make Americans like her? - 12th January 2008

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