David Rieff is an American writer and policy analyst. He has served as a consultant for several humanitarian organizations and written widely on topics ranging from war, human rights, and humanitarian assistance in Africa, to Third World immigration to the United States, to cultural issues. He covered the Bosnian war, spending extended periods of time in Sarajevo during the siege, and the Rwandan genocide. More recently, he has reported from southwest Asia. He is the author of five books, including Los Angeles: Capital of the Third World, and Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West. He is also coediter (with Roy Gutman) of War Crimes, What the Public Should Know, a primer on international humanitarian law. His new book, A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis, will be published by Simon & Schuster in October 2002. He is a contributing editor to The New Republic, and his work has appeared in many journals and newspapers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, and Germany, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, The National Post (Canada), The Times Literary Supplement (London), Le Monde (Paris), and El Pais (Madrid). He lives in New York City.