Carol J Williams

Carol J. Williams is a retired foreign correspondent with 30 years' reporting abroad for the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press. She has reported from more than 80 countries, with a focus on USSR/Russia and Eastern Europe.

Iran’s Protests Grow: Will Change Finally Come?

“Some changes now seem inevitable. The sense of the regime’s invincibility, and women’s marginalization from politics, has been shattered."

World War III Averted (This Time)

The NATO treaty obligation to come to the defense of any of NATO’s 30 nations under attack could have been the long-feared spark for World War III

Back to the Future: Lula Squeaks Out a Win over Bolsonaro in Brazil

The final vote was closer than pollsters had predicted – Lula’s 50.9% to Bolsonaro’s 49.1% --  intensifying concern that the incumbent would cry foul.

Et Tu, Pramila? Congressional Progressive Caucus Plays to Putin on War

Poorly-conceived political ploys aimed at amassing power in Washington’s dysfunctional and narrow-thinking legislative ranks run the risk of appeasing the aggressor in the Kremlin.

After All This: Putin in Peril? Not Likely

The suspected Ukrainian hand in Saturday’s bombing of the $4-billion Kerch Strait Bridge linking the Russian mainland to Crimea may not have damaged the strategic span as much as it did Putin’s pose as commander-in-chief directing a war that is “going as planned.”

Is Brazil Really Done with Balsonaro? Previous President Lula Makes a Comeback

Political commentators called this election Brazil’s most important in decades, with the future of democracy, social peace and upward mobility opportunities on the line.

The UK Gets a New Prime Minister (Meh): Who She Is and What to Expect

Only 12 percent of Britons polled by YouGov expect Liz Truss to be a good or great government chief. More than half – 52 percent -- predict she will be poor or terrible.

Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Reformer who Helped End the Cold War, Dies at 91

Gorbachev’s idea of humane communism never became a reality. His attempts to reform a brutal Communist empire garnered admiration around the world but failed to inspire his own people.

The LA Times: How to Dismantle a Great Civic Institution

“Bad City” takes the reader inside the Times newsroom at a time of plummeting ad revenue and cancelled subscriptions.

Six Months In: Where the War in Ukraine Stands

Half a year after Russia’s invasion, the devastating attacks on Ukrainian fighters have ground down into a deadly war of attrition.