Robert McMahon

Robert McMahon

Managing Editor

Contact Info:

E-mail: rmcmahon@cfr.org

Location:

Washington, DC

Twitter: @robertmcmahon

Robert McMahon has covered foreign affairs since 1990 for the Associated Press, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and CFR.org. As Managing Editor, Mr. McMahon oversees publishing of daily news-related content on the website, supervising an editorial team that produces Backgrounders, interviews, long-form interactives, CFR Events, and other multimedia content. He coordinates with CFR Fellows to produce web-only publications. Mr. McMahon also contributes analysis and background reporting to the website and with Director of Studies James Lindsay co-hosts the weekly podcast series, "The World Next Week." Under his guidance, the CFR.org website has garnered multiple media citations, including Emmy, Overseas Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists, Webby, and Online News Association awards.

Prior to joining CFR.org, Mr. McMahon held senior editorial positions at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, including news director in Prague, Czech Republic, where he was founding editor of RFE/RL’s website, and UN correspondent. He has written extensively on democracy promotion, public diplomacy, human rights, UN peacekeeping, and issues related to nation-building. He is a contributing writer to the Foreign Service Journal. Mr. McMahon has an MA in international relations from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Publications

Podcast

Famine and Humanitarian Aid

Andrew Natsios, former Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, joins CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining the U.S. role in mitigating famine and humanitarian crises abroad.

See more in Global; Food Security; Foreign Aid

Podcast

Defense Spending

Todd Harrison, director of Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining President Donald J. Trump's budget blueprint.

See more in United States; Defense Budget