Wilson Center Experts
David B. Ottaway received a BA from Harvard, magna cum laude, in 1962 and a PhD from Columbia University in 1972. He worked 35 years for The Washington Post as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe and later as a national security and investigative reporter in Washington before retiring in 2006. He has won numerous awards for his reporting at home and abroad and was twice nominated a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Ottaway was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 1979-80 and again in 2005-06 and is currently a Senior Scholar. His most recent book, published in November 2008, was The King’s Messenger: Prince Bandar bin Sultan and America’s Tangled Relationship with Saudi Arabia. He is currently working on a book regarding the changes underway in the Arab world.
- "The Arab Tomorrow," Wilson Quarterly, Winter 2010
- "The King and US," Foreign Affairs, May/June 2009
- King's Messenger: Prince Bandar Bin Sultan and America's Tangled Relationship with Saudi Arabia (Walker & Company)
- Chained Together: Mandela, De Klerk and the Struggle to Remake South Africa (Random House)
- Afro-Communism, coauthor with Marina Ottaway (Holmes & Meier Publications, 1986)
- Algeria: the Politics of a Socialist Revolution, coauthor with Marina Ottaway (University of California Press, 1970)