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Foreign Affairs Announces the Departure of its Managing Editor

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October 12, 2000
Council on Foreign Relations


New York, NY, October 11, 2000 - Fareed Zakaria, Managing Editor of Foreign Affairs, is leaving the magazine after almost eight years on the job. He will become Editor of Newsweek International, and write a regular column for Newsweek and (on an occasional basis) The Washington Post.

Foreign Affairs’ editor, James Hoge, said “Fareed has contributed mightily to the magazine’s quality, relevance, and liveliness. I thank him for the good work and good fellowship, both of which will be greatly missed. I wish him equal success with the large and exciting opportunities awaiting him and look forward to his contributing to Foreign Affairs from time to time.”

Zakaria, who joined Foreign Affairs in January 1993, helped in the makeover of the journal, which has won it greater circulation, readership, and influence. His own essay, “The Rise of Illiberal Democracy,” garnered the magazine a National Magazine Award nomination in 1997.

Zakaria said, “Working at Foreign Affairs as America adjusted to the post-Cold War world has been an extraordinary experience. Working with Jim Hoge has been a joy. The Council on Foreign Relations under Les Gelb has been as stimulating and supportive a place as one could want. I leave with great memories and great friends.”

“Fareed has made a terrific contribution to Foreign Affairs and to the Council on Foreign Relations. On behalf of Peter G. Peterson, the Board of Directors, and the staff, we will miss him sorely,” said Council President Leslie H. Gelb.

Foreign Affairs is published bimonthly by the Council on Foreign Relations. With a circulation of almost 110,000 in English and many times that in foreign languages, it is the most widely circulated journal on international politics and economics in the world. For more information on Foreign Affairs, go to