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About Jon Basil Utley
Jon Basil Utley is publisher of The American Conservative. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with language studies in Germany and France. He first worked for American International Group insurance in Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia. He was founding editor/publisher of The Bogota Bulletin. Later he worked in finance and insurance in Peru. Then he became a foreign correspondent in South America for Knight Ridder newspapers. For 17 years, starting during the Reagan Administration, he was a contract commentator about communism and third world issues on the Voice of America. After the collapse of communism he worked with the Atlas Network on supporting the creation of free market think tanks in Russia and Eastern Europe. He managed an oil drilling partnership in Pennsylvania and later worked in real estate development. He has written for the Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, Journal of Commerce, Miami Herald and other papers. He was associate editor of The Times of the Americas, and a contributing editor to Conservative Digest. Utley was born in Moscow. His father, Arkadi Berdichevsky, a Russian trade official, was arrested in 1936 and later executed during the Soviet purges. His English mother, Freda Utley, escaped Russia with him. They immigrated to America in 1939, where she became a prominent anticommunist author and activist.
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The Pentagon needs more oversight of its sprawling health care network.
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In developing military strategy, the U.S. must learn old lessons and adapt to new realities.
Stagnant wages and standards of living are the product of too much government, not too little.
The war coalition of billionaires, fundamentalists, and Netanyahu cronies doesn’t speak for Jewish opinion.
Why conservatives and libertarians should support aid for Kiev—and diplomacy with Russia.
Our system incentivizes excessive prosecution and punishment—as I found out.
Too many parties now benefit from perpetual warmaking for the U.S. to ever conclude its military conflicts.
What we knew in 2003 didn’t make the case for war—a campaign of hype and deceit did.
Support for the Likud prime minister’s hardline policies is fading among American Jews and Christians alike.
Ride-sharing apps are transforming urban economies beyond the taxi industry.
Russia risks becoming a chaotic “failed state.” Here’s how we should respond.
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Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Iraq—they all use proportional representation.
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