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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How America Benefits From World Trade

Protectionist impulses will only hurt our industry---and the American consumer.
Jon Basil Utley May 10, 2018

The Lies Behind America’s Interventions

No one wants to be manipulated into war. So why do we keep letting it happen?
Jon Basil Utley April 25, 2018

Will the Jihadist Wars Truly Be Endless?

Washington security experts, including National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, certainly think so.
Jon Basil Utley January 5, 2018

Iraq, Syria, Iran…Are We To Destroy Iran Next?

Neoconservatives won't stop until their plans to remake the Middle East are realized.
Jon Basil Utley December 14, 2017

Why is Defense Waste Taboo in the Tax Debate?

For all the talk about spending and debt, wars are never on the table.
Jon Basil Utley December 1, 2017

Silk Road is Soft Power for Expanding China

U.S. government and major American corporations are already on board.
Jon Basil Utley November 9, 2017

A Destitute Mexico: Is That What We Want?

Immigrants, illegal or otherwise, aren't the cause of our economic problems.
Jon Basil Utley September 7, 2017

Environmental Extremists and Lost Jobs

In defense of Rep. John Duncan's brief.
Jon Basil Utley June 22, 2017