Launched by Inter Press Service (IPS) in 2007, LobeLog was headed by Jim Lobe, the IPS Washington DC bureau chief from 1980 to 1984 and from 1989 to 2015. Lobelog is the only weblog to have received the prestigious Arthur Ross Media Award for Distinguished Reporting and Analysis of Foreign Affairs (2015) from the American Academy of Diplomacy. Initially focused on neoconservatives and their influence on US foreign policy, it gradually broadened its scope to feature analyses of U.S. policy toward the Greater Middle East with an emphasis on Iran, Israel-Palestine, and the Persian Gulf states more generally.
The blog, which the Foreign Service Journal also named the “Site of the Month” in June 2017, has also regularly published posts by expert contributors on various global and regional issues, including the militarization of U.S. foreign policy, threats to international institutions and cooperation, mainstream media coverage of foreign policy and events overseas, tensions in Northeast Asia, and the rise of far-right movements in Europe and elsewhere.
LobeLog’s investigative and analytical work has been cited or linked to by major publications, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News, Buzzfeed, and The Intercept, particularly in regard to the interrelationships among right-wing donors, foreign governments, and think tanks. Among other scoops, LobeLog broke the story of former deputy assistant to President Donald Trump Sebastian Gorka’s association with Vitezi Rend, an anti-Semitic Hungarian knighthood that cooperated with the Nazi occupation during World War II.
Regular contributors to the blog include internationally recognized experts on both U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East, in particular, including former senior U.S. and foreign diplomatic and intelligence officials, distinguished scholars from think tanks and academia, other area specialists, journalists, and NGO leaders active on these issues. LobeLog also frequently cross-posts relevant and compelling material from other websites and publications, including the progressive Israeli-Palestinian blog +972mag.com, eurasianet.org, the International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch, and the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Since 2015, LobeLog has been based at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC. Its work has been supported by several foundations, including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Ploughshares Fund, and the Arca Foundation.