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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Don’t Blame Trade For Static Living Standards

The real culprit is the trillions we pay in defense and medical costs each year.
Jon Basil Utley November 26, 2019

Trump’s Trade War Has Dire Consequences

A 10 percent drop in manufacturing and dwindling investment due to tariffs could lose him the election.
Jon Basil Utley November 6, 2019

American Trade Sanctions Start to Bite

How our attempts to get tough on Russia and Iran are hurting trade.
Jon Basil Utley June 18, 2019

Terror Experts Expect the Worst

Terrorism conference highlights the ISIS and al Qaeda risks the U.S. still faces world-wide.
Jon Basil Utley January 30, 2019

How the Gulf War Gave Us the Antiwar Right

A scrappy libertarian-conservative group forged a path and opposed H.W. Bush's signature conflict.
Jon Basil Utley December 21, 2018

A Moment of Praise for Open Trade

Nine counterpoints to current protectionist arguments that you can take to the bank.
Jon Basil Utley November 3, 2018

What Everyone Seemed to Ignore in Helsinki

The Washington establishment came to their own conclusions about Russia and NATO—but this is what they missed.
Jon Basil Utley July 25, 2018

How to Resolve the Conservative Split Over Immigration

We must cool the inflammatory rhetoric and begin the process of fixing what's broken.
Jon Basil Utley June 20, 2018