About Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
I am a trail-blazing enterprise journalist with a proven record of breaking news and publishing high-impact investigative stories for Foreign Policy magazine and The Daily Beast. At a moment when China is rapidly becoming the top U.S. strategic concern, no other journalist can match my deep network of sources in China-related security and intelligence.
In the past year, I have published numerous major exclusive features for Foreign Policy magazine and The Daily Beast that have influenced the U.S. national debate and even affected legislation introduced in Congress. I broke the story about China threatening U.S. airlines over Taiwan, along with a colleague, a major story with global ramifications that prompted a statement by the White House. I was the first journalist to write about the exit bans the Chinese government is increasingly using to hold American citizens “hostage” as a form of political coercion. I was also the first to report on Huawei’s attempt to gain a security clearance in the Czech Republic, which would allow it to bid on a NATO ally’s sensitive infrastructure contracts. I’ve published several exclusives about veiled Chinese Communist Party-linked funding given to U.S. universities and think tanks, as well as lobbying in Washington.
In May 2019, likely as a result of these investigations, China declined to process my journalist visa, and I was unable to assume the position of Beijing Correspondent that AFP had offered me.
I cover more than just China. I’ve also reported on issues such as the Trump administration’s funding cuts for programs fighting right-wing extremism, the security weaknesses at U.S. shipping ports, corruption at the United Nations, Facebook’s censorship in Vietnam, and abuse of the Interpol red flag system.
I have extensive experience using a combination of sources, documents, and painstaking research to piece together unique investigations. I was the lead reporter on a months-long investigation into the national security implications of a China-related corruption case at the United Nations. In addition to speaking with intelligence sources from three nations, I combed through hundreds of pages of court documents from the Southern District of New York to help prove that the case wasn’t just about graft but was in fact part of a counterintelligence investigation into a sweeping Chinese government effort to influence the United Nations.
I covered the 2017 German federal elections as a correspondent in Berlin, writing for Foreign Policy and The Washington Post. I have also reported from Russia, Germany, Turkey, Austria, China, and Japan. I was a 2017 Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Germany and a 2016 Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center.
My writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic, and I have appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-SPAN, BBC's The World, NPR, PRI, Al Jazeera, ABC Radio, and Deutsche Welle.
In 2018, I received the Robert S. Abbott Memorial Award for my coverage of China.
I previously lived and worked in China for four years. I hold a masters degree from Yale University and a graduate certificate from the Johns Hopkins SAIS-Nanjing Center. I speak and read Chinese fluently.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug. 27, 2019. A school supported by the $50 million loan purchased barbed wire, gas launchers, and body armor.
April 27, 2018. An FP colleague and I broke the story about China threatening U.S. airlines to refer to Taiwan as part of China--a major global story that resulted in a White House statement, which referred to China's demand as the now-famous phrase "Orwellian nonsense."
April 17, 2018. MOSCOW -- A former senior Russian intelligence official has created an American tech firm that pays people to go places and film things.
March 20, 2018. Two new measures try to provide Americans with greater disclosure about foreign influence.
Dec. 13, 2017. On the chopping block: incident response teams, air marshals, and nuclear detection.
Dec. 5, 2017. Urban centers want a seat at the table, even if the White House doesn’t.
Nov. 14, 2017. Mexico and Canada now have an alternative to trade with the United States, giving them more leverage in contentious NAFTA talks.
Oct. 11, 2017. Nobody knows if 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz is an establishment conservative or a far-right populist — and that’s why he’ll soon be running Austria.
Sep. 25, 2017. BERLIN -- But that could actually be a good thing, ending “too much consensus.”
Dec. 1, 2016. Can the trendy invocation of God’s will survive the coming wave of American Islamophobia?
June 29, 2016. Westerners said the web could never be controlled. Lu Wei, China's departing internet czar, proved them all wrong.
April 1, 2016. The small oil-rich country spends millions sweet-talking Congress. Here’s how I got fooled into helping.
March 12, 2015. In the Middle East, the Islamic State is crucifying Christians and demolishing ancient churches. Why is this being met with silence from the halls of Congress to Sunday sermons?
The Daily Beast
July 18, 2018. The former secretary of state pushed one president to use China to isolate the Soviet Union. These days, he’s counseling almost the reverse—and officials are listening.
August 13, 2018. Forget China, Russia, or the Saudis, South Korea is the country spending the most to influence Washington. ‘When Trump got elected, we saw an absolute surge,’ one expert says.
The Washington Post
The Washington Post
Dec. 12, 2017. The media should stop giving conservative Christians a pass when their non-factual claims influence elections.
The Washington Post
Sept. 16, 2017. BERLIN -- An inside look at how Bundestag members and staffers are maneuvering behind the scenes to reduce AfD influence before the elections.
The Washington Post
Sept. 15, 2017. BERLIN -- Germans are worried sick about the far-right AfD joining their parliament. Here's why you should be too.
The Washington Post
Dec. 23, 2016. When Americans sing carols about the ‘Little Town of Bethlehem’ this Christmas, they should keep in mind who lives there.
Washington Post, Sept. 15, 2017. BERLIN -- Germans are worried sick about the far-right AfD joining their parliament. Here's why you should be too.
Foreign Policy, Sep. 25, 2017. BERLIN -- But that could actually be a good thing, ending “too much consensus.”
Foreign Policy, Aug. 21, 2017. BERLIN -- Answer: The fascists have to get creative. My dispatch from a massive Nazi march on the outskirts of Berlin.
Foreign Policy, Aug. 16, 2017. BERLIN -- Crowds chanted “Nazi scum go away” and collected donations for victims of the violence.
ChinaFile, Sep. 23, 2017. BERLIN -- Epoch Times Deutschland appears to have ridden the wave of right-wing outrage sweeping Europe.
Foreign Policy, Sep. 18, 2017. BERLIN -- Once a uniquely American political cult, now the LaRouche movement can't get enough of Beijing.
New York Times, Dec. 7, 2016. TAIPEI -- I interviewed Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen just days after her controversial phone call with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.
Foreign Policy, Aug. 5, 2016. TOKYO -- For the hawkish new governor of Asia’s biggest city, fighting for female empowerment was a necessity, not a calling.
Foreign Policy, May 26, 2016. BEIJING -- The evidence is strong that construction has devastated coral reefs. But Beijing claims no harm done.
Opinion & Essay
Washington Post, Dec. 12, 2017. The media should stop giving conservative Christians a pass when their non-factual claims influence elections.
Washington Post, Feb. 9, 2017.
Washington Post, Dec. 23, 2016. When Americans sing carols about the ‘Little Town of Bethlehem’ this Christmas, they should keep in mind who lives there.
Foreign Policy, Dec. 1, 2016. Can the trendy invocation of God’s will survive the coming wave of American Islamophobia?
Maps & Charts
Here at Foreign Policy, we’ve put together an interactive guide tracking Beijing’s victories and obstacles along the new Silk Road. The list of participating countries is still not finalized, but with China forking out billions in trade deals and preferential loans, its appeal as an economic benefactor is only set to grow.