A Panel Discussion at the National Press Club

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
12:15 p.m.

529 14th St., NW
13th floor, First Amendment Lounge
Washington, DC 20045

Jon Basil Utley Bio

Jon Utley

Jon Basil Utley was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1934 and emigrated to America in 1939. He is Associate Publisher of The American Conservative and on the advisory board of, and a writer on energy issues for He has written widely on third-world development economics and foreign policy.

He is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, with language studies in Germany, France, and Cuba. He worked from 1958-75 in South America, starting in the insurance business (American International Group in Cuba, Venezuela, and Colombia). He later founded the Bogota Bulletin, Colombia's first English-language news publication, and managed a mutual fund and insurance sales organization in South America. He then worked as a foreign correspondent in South America based in Peru for the Journal of Commerce and Knight-Ridder newspapers.

He was Associate Editor of The Times of the Americas for 12 years and a commentator on the Voice of America on Third World communism from 1985-2003. He has written for the Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, National Review, Human Events, and the Miami Herald and is listed in Who's Who in the World & Who's Who in America. In 1990 he was a cofounder with Joseph Sobran and Phil Nicolaides of the Committee to Avert a Mid-East Holocaust, which opposed the attack on Iraq.

He is now Chairman of Americans Against World Empire, a.k.a. He has served on the Board of Directors or Advisory Councils of many leading conservative and libertarian organizations, including Accuracy in Media, The Conservative Caucus, Council for Inter-American Security, Ethics & Public Policy Center, Reason Foundation, and Solidarity America. His articles have been widely disseminated. He is fluent in French, German, and Spanish.

In 2004 he visited Vorkuta, the northernmost former concentration camp in European Russia, where his father, Arcadi Berdichevsky , was executed in 1938 for being a leader of a hunger strike in the camps. He has written the account of researching the archives and his visit to Vorkuta and the Perm concentration camp museum in the Urals. It is accessible by searching for Vorkuta Perm on Google. A video documentary was also filmed and can be viewed here.

In 2011, Jon Utley introduced a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on the new book, Rabbi Outcast: Elmer Berger and American Jewish Anti-Zionism. An excellent article on the event, "The World for Israel or Jews for the World," was written by W. George Krasnow and published at The forum can be seen at the Rabbi Outcast YouTube channel.

See the following:
Evangelicals, Ron Paul and War
America's Armageddonites
Christian Zionists and the Strangest Alliance in History

Zvents Christian Zionism