Robert Fisk (1946-2020) was a celebrated British foreign correspondent and author. Based in Beirut for over 40 years, he covered the conflict in Northern Ireland, the Israeli invasions of Lebanon, the Iranian Revolution, the Iran-Iraq War, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Gulf War, wars in Algeria and the former Yugoslavia, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Arab Spring, and Syria's civil war.
Fisk held numerous awards for journalism including two Amnesty International UK Press Awards and seven British international Journalist of the Year awards. He also received Lannan Foundation's Cultural Freedom Prize in 2006. Fisk published numerous books including, most notably, The Great War for Civilization: The Conquest of the Middle East (Knopf, 2005).