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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Why Civil Defense Still Matters

Meet the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness
Jon Basil Utley July 29, 2016

Trump and Washington’s Wars

What he could and couldn’t do
Jon Basil Utley June 22, 2016

Trump’s Trade Deficits

Six ways Washington handicaps U.S. exporters
Jon Basil Utley April 22, 2016

Among the Rubble of the Freedom Agenda

Bombing occupied cities might liberate them from ISIS—but what will survive?
Jon Basil Utley March 24, 2016

Why Military Hospitals Are Unhealthy and Inefficient

The Pentagon needs more oversight of its sprawling health care network.
Jon Basil Utley March 17, 2016

Terror Experts Flounder on ISIS

When it comes to the Islamic State, the establishment still doesn't have any long-term answers.
Jon Basil Utley January 6, 2016

From Sun Tzu to Fourth Generation War

In developing military strategy, the U.S. must learn old lessons and adapt to new realities.
Jon Basil Utley November 19, 2015

Blame Regulation, Not Capitalism

Stagnant wages and standards of living are the product of too much government, not too little.
Jon Basil Utley October 29, 2015