Established 2015

The Foreign Desk is a multi-media news platform dedicated to reporting vital stories from around the world with an emphasis on their impact on human rights, global security and U.S. foreign policy. Born out of more than a decade of foreign affairs coverage, editor-in-chief Lisa Daftari has established a unique voice in international news, going beyond the headlines with comprehensive analysis and contextualization. With original reporting and exclusive, on-the-ground sources, Lisa created The Foreign Desk to cover today’s most vital headlines and newsmakers, breaking and monitoring crucial stories often missing in the mainstream media. At a time when foreign policy has become a critical focus, The Foreign Desk sheds light on important developments around the world and here at home without partisanship, concentrating on the issues that concern all Americans—national security, counterterrorism and U.S. diplomacy. 

Lisa Daftari


Lisa Daftari is an award-winning investigative journalist focusing on foreign affairs with expertise in the Middle East and counterterrorism. She regularly appears on television and radio with commentary and analysis, providing exclusive reporting on vital developments in the region. She frequently appears as an on-air political analyst and has previously been featured on Fox News, CBS, NBC, PBS, NPR, ABC, Voice of America, SiriusXM, The Washington Post, AOL News, Yahoo News, Jerusalem Post and others. Lisa has been interviewed in Spanish, English and Persian (Farsi). In over a decade of coverage in the region, Lisa’s areas of expertise include the Middle East and North Africa, terrorism, national security, cyber security, anti-Semitism, global Christian persecution, human rights and more.