- 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.
Five Years in Iraq
Reuters has a fantastic retrospective and timeline on the war.
The headline-of-the-day award goes to the New York Times for “Estimates of Iraq War Cost Were Not Close to Ballpark.” See also “Iraq’s 100-Year Mortgage,” by Linda Bilmes, in our current issue.
The latest from Tibet: More than 100 protesters have reportedly surrendered in Lhasa.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says France is “considering” a boycott of the Olympic opening ceremony after what happened in Tibet. Human Rights Watch is reportedly reevaluating its stance as well. China does plan to keep Tibet on the Olympic torch route.
The United States says it will speak with China about its policy of giving no-strings-attached aid in places like Latin America and Africa.
Pakistan’s parliament elected its first female speaker, Fahmida Mirza of Sindh Province.
2008 U.S. Elections
At a press conference in Amman, Jordan, John McCain wrongly accused Iran of training members of al Qaeda to fight in Iraq — before he was corrected by Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Iran has, however, been thought to have had ties to al Qaeda in the past.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger says McCain won’t pander to the religious right.
Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha endorses Hillary Clinton.
Wall Street rallied Tuesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve lowered a key interest rate by 75 basis points. Many expected a cut of a full point, but inflation remains a risk.
On the Charlie Rose show last night, former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker raised questions about the Bear Stearns deal.
David Leonhardt explains the credit crisis in plain English.
Russia is complaining that it has yet to receive a U.S. missile-defense proposal in writing.
Greece is preparing for a pension strike.
The United Nations is accusing Serbian officials of fomenting violence in northern Kosovo.
According to NASA scientists, the loss of the oldest and thickest Arctic ice has continued since last summer.
Robert Mugabe is already trying to cheat to win Zimbawbe’s elections on March 29.
Science-fiction icon Arthur C. Clarke died at the age of 90.
- In a speech marking the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war, U.S. President George W. Bush is expected to declare a “major strategic victory.” He will later host Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.
- Anti-war groups are holding protests in cities around the United States.
- The National Archives plans to release more than 11,000 pages of records from Hillary Clinton’s time in the White House.
- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is visiting Syria, Israel, and the Palestinian territories. The Israeli press expects Lavrov to convey a message from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the Israeli government.
Yesterday on Passport
- Israeli-Palestinian conflict strikes Facebook
- Food-riot watch: Mubarak tells Army to make bread, not war
- Tuesday Map: Fear of endless partition