Christina Larson

Christina Larson is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy magazine based in Beijing, China. She has reported widely from across China and Southeast Asia. Her writing on China, the environment, climate change and civil society have appeared in the The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, Smithsonian, and Time magazine, among other publications. In 2008, she was named a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists (international reporting). Her profile of Chinese environmentalist Yong Yang will be included in the forthcoming anthology of China writing, Chinese Characters. Christina was managing editor of the Washington Monthly from 2003 to 2006, and editor from 2007 to 2008. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she graduated from Stanford University.


Movable Feat

Every big news story develops a narrative, an agreed-upon dramatic arc that daily journalists attempt to advance. In the lead-up to this summer’s games, the consensus story line has been: Will Athens be ready? This theme took shape because Greece was, indeed, appallingly slow to initiate the hundreds of infrastructure projects that will be necessary… Read more »

All the General’s Men

On the night of the New Hampshire primaries, Howard Park, the Clark campaign’s D.C. grassroots coordinator, pulled up a stool to the counter of the Grand Slam bar in Washington and ordered a pint. A former lobbyist, turned bookseller in his early 40s, he was wearing a navy sports jacket with a pin that read… Read more »

If At First

Indeed, when the polls open in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 13, the only national Democratic candidates on the ballot will be Carol Moseley Braun, Dennis Kucinich, Al Sharpton, and Howard Dean. This is a rather disconcerting fact for the legions of D.C.-based political operatives who won’t be able to vote for the favorite candidates of… Read more »

Talk Dirty

Two weeks before the election, Chambliss’s campaign began airing ads attacking Cleland’s vote to purportedly allow school nurses to dispense the morning-after “abortion drug.” In reality, Cleland had supported legislation to allow states, rather than Washington, to determine how federal aid to schools would be spent. But Reed’s ploy worked. By painting Cleland as a… Read more »

Reconstructing Rockwell

If you thought that the great romanticizer of small-town America didn’t fit the tortured-creative mold, Laura Claridge’s new biography, Norman Rockwell, will change your mind. Its revelations about the artist’s private life, which scarcely resemble his defining Hallmark-card iconography, clear the way for Rockwell to enter the critics’ pantheon of serious American artists. (Of course,… Read more »