- 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.
“Looking Towards the Future,” in Tom Ricks’s Inbox in the Washington Post. Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey briefs the military, PowerPoint style, on his predictions of what’s going to be happening in international relations. One prediction: “The death of Castro… 250,000 refugees in 36 months.”
“The Obama Doctrine,” in the American Prospect. “Obama is offering the most sweeping liberal foreign-policy critique we’ve heard from a serious presidential contender in decades,” Spencer Ackerman writes. But what does that really mean in practice?
“The Sahel,” by Paul Salopek in National Geographic. Salopek, a stone-cold great writer, weighs in beautifully on the invisible lines that crisscross the Sahel, fomenting conflict and poverty – and at one point, landing him in jail. Don’t miss Pascal Maitre’s accompanying photographs.
“After Putin,” by Sen. Joseph Biden in the Wall Street Journal. The former presidential candidate deserves credit for advocating that the U.S. take a tougher stance with Russia without indulging in the lazy Russophobia common to such arguments. But while Biden demonstrates that he probably understands the nuances of Russia politics better than any of the remaining candidates, his op-ed is short on specifics about what he thinks the next president should actually do.
“Put a Patent on that Pleat,” by Reena Jana in BusinessWeek. A look at the latest efforts elite designers are making in order to curb the unauthorized reproduction of their designs by mass retailers. Although some legal cases have been won, it’s clear that designers are facing a steep uphill climb in protecting their IP — and that’s not even taking into account the international challenges.