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Robert has reported from more than 70 countries and lived in six. He was previously the US Editor at the Economist, leading the magazine’s American coverage, and the Business Editor. He has also served as its Washington correspondent, “Lexington” columnist and Africa Editor. A winner of numerous international awards, Robert constantly interviews political and business leaders and follows key developments in Washington, on Wall Street and on Main Street. He also draws on the expertise of The Economist’s global network of correspondents to keep abreast of international political, economic and social issues from major market shifts and general elections to uprisings and house prices.
Before joining The Economist, Robert was the Tokyo correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, and prior to that he was based in South Korea. He is the author of The Shackled Continent, a book that tries to explain how Africa could become richer; and Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism, which describes how migration makes the world brainier.