Charlotte Lawson

Charlotte Lawson is a reporter covering foreign policy and world affairs. She joined The Dispatch in June 2020, after graduating from the University of Virginia. You can follow her at @lawsonreports

Charlotte Lawson

The Chinese Communist Party at 100

Much has changed over the years, but emphasis on absolute adherence to party orthodoxy has not.

How Iran Tries to Conceal Its Meddling in Iraq

Tehran has supported Iraqi insurgent groups since the 1980s, but the fight against ISIS gave it a pretense to expand its reach into the country.

What to Watch While You’re Waiting for Fireworks

The Dispatch staff shares some of their favorite July 4 classics.

The Butcher in Line to Become Iran’s Next President

Ebrahim Raisi's rise to replace Hassan Rouhani has likely been pre-decided for Iranian voters.

How Moscow Is Threatening Radio Free Europe and the Remnants of the Independent Press

As Putin’s popularity wanes, the regime is using “foreign agent” laws to crack down on outlets operating in Russia

What’s Behind the Escalation of Violence in Israel

The latest explosion can be attributed to several local conflicts.

The World’s Biggest Art Heist

A review of 'This is a Robbery'.

Why the U.S. Should Worry About Russian and Chinese Ambition in the Arctic

Washington is unprepared to meet the challenges posed by Moscow and Beijing.

What the Leaked Zarif Interview Says About the Power Dynamic of Iranian Leadership

Plus, what to make of the Iranian foreign minister’s claim that John Kerry told him of Israeli covert operations.

Is Now Really the Time to Revive the Iran Nuclear Deal?

As the U.S. and other vested parties kicked off indirect talks, the Islamic Republic announced plans to enrich uranium to 60 percent purity.