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Jonathan Tepperman

Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

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U.S. foreign policy, national security, international law, the UN, and the Middle East.

Bio

Jonathan Tepperman is an editor, writer, and analyst working on international affairs. He is the Managing Editor of Foreign Affairs, the 90-year-old magazine published by the New York–based Council on Foreign Relations, and a guest columnist for the International Herald Tribune/New York Times.

Tepperman started his career in foreign policy working as a speechwriter to Morris B. Abram, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, in 1994. After stints as a reporter at The Forward and The Jerusalem Post, he joined Foreign Affairs in 1998 as a junior editor. He later moved to Newsweek International, where he was deputy editor (under Fareed Zakaria), ran the Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America sections, and wrote frequently for domestic and international editions, including cover stories, opinion pieces, and a style column. He then worked at Eurasia Group, a global political-risk consulting firm, before returning to Foreign Affairs as Managing Editor in January 2011.

Beyond his essays, columns, profiles, and interviews for Foreign Affairs and The New York Times, Tepperman has written for a range of other publications, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and others, on subjects ranging from international affairs to municipal politics. He is the co-editor of the books The U.S. vs Al Qaeda: A History of the War on Terror (2011) Iran and the Bomb: Solving the Persian Puzzle (2012), and The Clash of Ideas: The Ideological Battles that Made the Modern World—And Will Shape the Future (2012).

Tepperman has a B.A. in English from Yale University, an M.A. in law from Oxford University, and an LL.M. in law from New York University. He is Vice Chairman of the Halifax International Security Forum and a Fellow of the New York Institute of Humanities.

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After President Obamaís trip to the Middle East, can he be more assertive in solving Israeli-Palestinian issues?

Asked by Mirvet S Muca, Ph.D, from Naugatuck Valley Comm. College

The conventional wisdom has it that second-term presidents, freed from the need to win another election, tend to be bolder in their initiatives. While that logic may apply to President Obama's domestic policy, it is unlikely to extend abroad.

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Op-Ed

Asian Tensions and the Problem of History

Author: Jonathan Tepperman
International Herald Tribune

A recent gaffe by Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe exposes the tense relations between Japan, China, and South Korea, and "helps explain why the region seems on the brink of not one by several conflicts," says Jonathan Tepperman.

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CFR Events

General Meeting ⁄ New York

Turkey Update

Panelists:

Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Henri J. Barkey, Cohen Professor of International Relations, Lehigh University

Presider:

Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs
April 7, 2014 12:30-1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Guest Event ⁄ New York

Views from the Newsroom: Challenges to American Power

Speakers:

David E. Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, New York Times; Author, Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, Daniel Klaidman, Special Correspondent, Newsweek; Author, Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency

Presider:

Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs
June 19, 2012 5:30-6:00 p.m. - Reception
6:00-7:00 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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