Yaroslav Trofimov

Yaroslav Trofimov is an Italian author and journalist who serves as Chief Foreign-Affairs Correspondent at The Wall Street Journal. Previously he wrote a weekly column on the Greater Middle East, Middle East Crossroads,[1] in The Wall Street Journal. He has been a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal since 1999, covering the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Prior to 2015 he was The Wall Street Journal's bureau chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Yaroslav Trofimov
BornKiev, Ukraine
OccupationWriter, journalist, columnist
GenreLiterary nonfiction

He shared in the Overseas Press Club award for foreign reporting on India,[2] won the SAJA Daniel Pearl award for the outstanding story on South Asia in 2007 and shared the SAJA award for coverage of the Mumbai bombing in 2008,[3] among other honors.


  • "Faith at War: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu," (Henry Holt, New York, 2005; ISBN 978-0-312-42511-1). A travelogue through the post-2001 Muslim world, "Faith at War" has been long-listed for the Lettre Ulysses Award for literary journalism in 2006.[4]
  • "The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine and the Birth of Al Qaeda," (Doubleday, New York, 2007; ISBN 978-0-385-51925-0). A "gripping" historical account of the Grand Mosque Seizure in Mecca in 1979 by the precursors of Al Qaeda. The book was a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers award[5] and won the Gold Medal of the Washington Institute Book Prize, a literary award established to highlight nonfiction books about the Middle East.[6]



  • New York Times review of Faith at War: [1]
  • Washington Post review of Faith at War:[2]
  • Publishers Weekly review of Siege of Mecca:[3]
  • Jerusalem Post review of Siege of Mecca:[4][permanent dead link]

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