Jamie Dettmer covers Europe, the Middle East and global affairs for VOA. In recent years he has been variously based out of Rome, London, Libya, Lebanon and Turkey. A veteran foreign and war correspondent, he has been on the frontlines for VOA in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Lebanon and Ukraine, and has reported, among other major issues, on Europe’s migration influx, the Islamic State terror group, Brexit, the rise of political populism as well as terrorism in Europe.
Dettmer began his career with Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, reporting on Margaret Thatcher and the British House of Commons. He has worked also for Newsweek/Daily Beast, The Times of London, the Scotsman Group, New York Sun, The Hill and Irish Independent. His reporting has appeared in dozens of newspapers, including the Guardian, Glasgow Herald, Evening Standard, South China Morning Post, Canberra Times, the Australian and Canada’s Maclean’s.
He has covered 15 wars in all (so far), the impeachment of Bill Clinton, the fall of the Berlin Wall and parliamentary and presidential elections in the U.S. and more than a dozen European countries. He has headed news bureaus in Washington, D.C., Moscow, Belfast, Kuwait and Rome and reported from Latin America and the Indian sub-continent. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, France 24, ABC and BBC. He was an associate producer for the BBC’s award-winning series The Spying Game. A dual US-UK citizen, Jamie graduated from Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge and holds a BA and MA in history and English literature.
Euro-skeptic populist leaders are adjusting political tactics — instead of calling for their countries to follow Britain and quit the European Union, they’re focusing now on changing the bloc from within