Jonathan Tepperman

Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs


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


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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I Interviewed Bashar al-Assad About Syria's Civil War. He's Still Too Delusional to End it.

Author: Jonathan Tepperman
Washington Post

In recent weeks, Western governments have begun subtly shifting their positions on Syria. The Obama administration seems to have quietly dropped its demand that President Bashar al-Assad resign as a precondition of peace talks. Instead, reports suggest it has embraced proposals that would allow Assad to be part of an interim deal. The new approach implies that the White House and its allies believe that the Syrian president might be open to a compromise that could end his country’s four-year civil war.

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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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Media Conference Call

U.S.-Led Airstrikes in Syria


Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, CFR, Janine Davidson, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, CFR


Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs
September 24, 2014

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General Meeting ⁄ New York

Turkey Update


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


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

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Media Conference Call

The Future of Special Operations


Linda Robinson, Public Policy Scholar, Wilson Center


Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs magazine
January 8, 2013

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Guest Event ⁄ New York

Views from the Newsroom: Challenges to American Power


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


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

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