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February 16, 2010

Iraq's (and Journalism's) Cloudy Future

Former Newsweek foreign correspondent Larry Kaplow tells Gelf what it's like to cover Baghdad from inside and outside the Green Zone.

Vincent Valk

In the years Larry Kaplow has covered Iraq as a foreign correspondent—first for Cox Newspapers and later for Newsweek—he's seen a lot of changes to the country. Since 1997, he's reported as Iraq has gone from a dictatorship to all-out chaos to a tenuous sort-of-peace that he says is called the "Iraqi good enough." In the following interview, edited for length and clarity, Kaplow discusses the evolution of the Iraq war, the decline of the foreign bureau, and some of the unusual things he's seen in his years abroad.

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