Alexander Clapp

Journalist, 2022-2023 Berggruen Fellow

Alexander Clapp is a journalist based in Athens. He writes about the Balkans for publications such as the London Review of Books, The Economist and New Left Review. He is a recipient of the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award and a Robert B. Silvers Foundation Grantee. His 2020 article on Europe’s largest heroin bust for The New Republic was awarded a Pulitzer Center Breakthrough Journalism Prize and is currently being turned into a documentary by the BBC.

At the Berggruen Institute, Clapp plans to research the international garbage trade for a book he is writing for Little, Brown. The book explains how the global waste trade began, how it destroys the earth, and details the geopolitical rivalries it has brewed between states of the North and South.