Scott Johnson has spent much of the last decade in the Middle East covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in Africa, reporting on politics and current affairs. He has been the chief of Newsweek’s Mexico, Baghdad, and Africa bureaus, as well as a special correspondent from Paris. He was part of the team that contributed to Newsweek’s 2003 National Magazine Award for reportage of the Iraq war, and in 2004 the Overseas Press Club honoured his reports on Latin America. He has appeared in various American media, including on CNN, MSNBC and National Public Radio, and his work has been featured in publications such as Granta, Guernica and National Geographic Explorer. He lives in California with his wife and his cat, Dude.