- By Blake Hounshell
Blake Hounshell is managing editor at Foreign Policy, having formerly been Web editor. Hounshell oversees ForeignPolicy.com and has commissioned and edited numerous cover stories for the print magazine, including National Magazine Award finalist "Why Do They Hate Us?" by Mona Eltahawy. He also edits The Cable, FP's first foray into daily original reporting, and was editor of Colum Lynch's Turtle Bay, which in 2011 won a National Magazine award for best reporting in a digital format.
Blake joined Foreign Policy in 2006 after living in Cairo, where he studied Arabic, missed his Steelers finally win one for the thumb, and worked for the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies. Blake was a 2011 finalist for the Livingston Awards prize for young journalists for his reporting on the Arab uprisings, and his Twitter feed was named one of Time magazine's "140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011." Under his leadership, in 2008, Passport, FP's flagship blog, won Media Industry Newsletter's "Best of the Web" award in the blog category. Along with Elizabeth Dickinson, he edited Southern Tiger: Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, the memoirs of former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
A graduate of Yale University, Blake speaks mangled Arabic and French, is an avid runner, and lives in Washington with his wife, musician Sandy Choi, and their toddler, David. Follow him on Twitter @blakehounshell.
I just realized that today, July 6, is the 61st birthday of U.S. President George W. Bush.
Passport is usually pretty critical of the Prez. So for a change of pace and out of respect for the man’s special day, here are the top ten things Bush and his team have gotten right during his time in office. No wisecracks, I promise:
- Boosting aid to Africa threefold
- Preventing a nuclear war between India and Pakistan
- Taking down the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network
- Getting Libya to give up its weapons of mass destruction programs and renounce terrorism
- Turning independent-minded India into a strategic ally
- After a rough start, sticking to a pragmatic China policy
- Getting North Korea to shut down its nuclear reactor … eventually
- Decapitating some two thirds of al Qaeda’s top leadership and not having a second 9/11
- Giving immigration reform the old college try
- Challenging his party over harmful agricultural subsidies while pushing free trade
And amid all this as well as the stress of his failures, he’s stayed physically fit.
Are there any significant achievements that you think should be on this list? Email Passport with your suggestions, and we’ll post the best ones.