National Security Correspondent for The New York Times and bestselling author of Confront and Conceal, David E. Sanger writes compelling front-page analyses from both the White House and around the globe that expose and explain the complex events of our time.
A 30-year veteran of The New York Times and a regular guest on CBS' Face the Nation, Sanger has become known as one of the nation’s most lucid analysts of geopolitics, national security, and globalization. His years as a foreign correspondent give him a unique view into the rise of Asia, nuclear proliferation, global competition, and a volatile Middle East.
Sanger's national bestseller, Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, is a riveting analysis of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, including its covert reliance on cyberwarfare, drones, and special operations forces. The book sent shockwaves around the globe. Foreign Affairs called it an “astonishingly revealing insider’s account.”
His previous bestseller, The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power, is an in-depth examination of American foreign policy successes and failures. TIME called it a "behind-the-scenes account...laced with scoops and secret conversations about a world spinning out of America's control."
Sanger has been a part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at the Times. His coverage of the Iraq and Korea crises took home the Weintal Prize, one of the highest honors for diplomatic reporting. He also won the White House Correspondents’ Association Aldo Beckman prize for his presidential coverage.
Early in his career, Sanger covered technology and economics, before turning to foreign policy. Over the years, he has focused on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the rise and fall of Japan, and China’s increasing power and influence. Later, he covered domestic and foreign policy issues as the Times’ White House correspondent from 1999 to 2006 and the NSA and cybersecurity as the current National Security Correspondent.
Sanger’s articulate style has made him a regular on a variety of radio and television programs, including PBS’ Washington Week and Charlie Rose. He is a featured journalist in Alex Gibney's 2016 cybersecurity documentary, Zero Days, one of 15 finalists contending for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Sanger teaches national security policy as a visiting scholar and adjunct professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
- The national security challenges facing Trump administration (2017)
- Inside the Hack: How Russia Influenced U.S. Election (2016)
- Sanger and Director Alex Gibney Talk "Zero Days" on "Charlie Rose" (2016)
- The Backstory: Obama's Wars (2012)
- Face the Nation: Iran Nuclear Deal (2015)
- Sanger on Charlie Rose: Trump, Russia, hacking of DNC emails (2016)
- Views from the Newsroom: Challenges to American Power (2012)
- David Sanger on The Daily Show (2009)
No journalist has spent more time discussing national security and foreign policy with Donald Trump than David Sanger of the New York Times. With Mr. Trump entering the White House, the burning question around the world is whether America is about to radically change the tenets of the post-World War II order. Is the United States about to pull back – militarily and diplomatically – from the leadership roll it has assumed since 1945? Or is the new President simply re-negotiating America’s rules of engagement, to fit his “America First” approach– an approach that was first discussed in one of David’s interviews. Sanger will take you deep inside the debates in the Trump inner circle, at a moment when the most fundamental questions of America’s future role in the world are being debated and questioned, from our confrontations with China and North Korea, to our alliances in Europe. Is it time for a revolution in American national security, or just a readjustment? Can we withdraw from key parts of the world and still retain our place at #1 in power and influence around the globe?Read More >
Presidents try to bend the arc of history, but so do America’s allies and adversaries– and rarely have they greeted a new president with an array of challenges as complex as those that Barack Obama is about to hand off to Donald Trump. From a North Korea that is brandishing a new nuclear arsenal and missiles that will soon be able to reach American shores, to a revanchist Russia, a rising China and a beleaguered Europe, disorder is everywhere. A 15-year-long American experiment in the Middle East has clearly become bogged down. Nuclear and cyber weapons pose challenges we never saw before. And around the world, populist movements seem on the march. The man who wrote “The Inheritance” in the last presidential cycle, and has reported for 30 years from around the world, offers perspective and analysis on what Americans need to worry about, what needs to stay on their radar, and what they can let others handle.Read More >
Only a few years ago, the idea cyber conflict among nations was the stuff of science fiction. No more. As David Sanger describes in the documentary thriller Zero Days, directed by Alex Gibney and now in theaters across the country, low-level cyberwar is here, and here to stay. It’s a new class of short-of-war competition involving espionage and, increasingly, sabotage. Zero Days, based largely on Sanger’s bestseller, Confront and Conceal, tracks his investigation of the secret American and Israeli program to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, a tale of technological sleuthing that took him into the White House Situation Room, where two American presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, oversaw the covert action. But “Stuxnet,’’ as the attack was later called, was just the beginning. Now we have seen Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and others use cyber as a new kind of weapon that is ushering in a new kind of competition and conflict – changing the world as surely as the airplane and nuclear weapons did. One of America’s premier investigative reporters and experts on cyber conflict takes audiences on a tour of this secret history and a future in which the nation will have to find a way to discuss and control the Pandora’s Box that has now been opened.Read More >
From the reporter who helped reveal the world’s biggest black-market network in nuclear weapons, both in the New York Times and in the documentary Nuclear Jihad, comes an assessment of the Second Nuclear Age, a far more dangerous era than the superpower arms races of decades past. He asks the question: Is it possible, at this late stage, to free the world of nuclear weapons? And if so, what is the path?Read More >
Join David E. Sanger, National Security Correspondent for The New York Times, as he engages in a lively exploration of the hot-spots that pose the biggest challenges to the United States, from the Middle East to East Asia. Sanger explores the question of whether America’s influence is in decline, as other powers rise and old alliances fray on issues ranging from American surveillance to its inward turn, and what it will take to remain the dominant power over the next decades. Sanger offers penetrating analysis based on a keen intellect and deep reporting inside Washington and around the globe.Read More >
Few reporters delve more deeply into the world of national security – and the most sensitive stories about nuclear threats, cyber threats and global power struggles – than David Sanger. In Freedom of the Press, he argues that the delicate balance between the government’s need to protect national security secrets and the media’s responsibility to keep citizens informed about what the United States is doing around the world has gotten seriously out of whack. Prosecutions of suspected sources have chilled the reporting process. Worse yet, it has begun to restrict that important channel that has allowed news organizations who have obtained sensitive or classified information to hold candid conversations with government officials about what information can truly do harm, and what information, even if classified, can be revealed with little real risk. Sanger argues that some of the most important revelations of the past decade – about the drone program, the American use of cyber weapons against Iran, the government’s decision to conduct warrantless wiretapping of its own citizens – all involved classified material. Yet their revelation sparked critical debates, and sometimes major changes in policy. This is a discussion about how one of the most critical problems in American democracy gets dealt with, day by day, in newspapers, on the air and on the web.Read More >
At a moment when the rest of the world’s economies appear shaky, China’s growth has never been more important for the rest of the world – or more feared. It’s ascension to the role of the world’s second largest economy, and its growing military might, all in the space of 30 years, make it perhaps the most remarkable story of the 21st century. But America has never been skilled at managing the rise of a competitor, or adjusting to make for one. And the Chinese – caught between a desire for a far greater global role and a recognition that they have many challenges to tend to at home – seems uncertain about how fast it wants to hit the accelerator. Based on his years of experiences as a foreign correspondent in Asia, and then back in Washington as the United States tries to understand whether cooperation with China is possible or confrontation inevitable, David Sanger explores the fascinating tension between two superpowers.Read More >
- Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power
- The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power
- Zero Days
- Nuclear Jihad: Can Terrorists Get The Bomb?