- 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.
But “the unipolar moment is over,” declared Tom Fingar, chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC), in announcing the report.
The NIC expects United States will remain the world’s foremost economic and military superpower. But its report, “Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World,” argues that the rise of powers like China and India means that the United States will be just one of many players in a “global multipolar system.” It concludes, “The US will remain the single most important actor but will be less dominant.”
Now, writes columnist Philip Stephens of the findings, “the world confronts a choice between chaos and order,” adding, “[President-elect Barack] Obama would do well to read it closely.”
U.S. Presidential Transition
Rumor has it Marine Gen. James L. Jones (Ret.) and Adm. Dennis C. Blair (Ret.) are top candidates for senior national security posts.
Verizon employees improperly accessed Obama’s cellphone records.
The world’s central bankers have a new fear: deflation.
Floyd Norris questions whether Washington is doing enough to stabilize the U.S. economy.
A federal judge ruled that five Guantánamo prisoners have been held unlawfully and must be released.
U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey is “in good spirits” after collapsing during a speech Thursday evening.
CIA officials withheld information from Congress about the downing of a plane in Peru, the agency’s inspector general has concluded.
A bomb disrupted a Pakistan Shiite funeral, killing at least six people.
Exile groups say China is cracking down in Tibet.
A popular Burmese comedian was sentenced to 45 years in prison for criticizing the government.
Middle East and Africa
Insurgents attacked Mogadishu, the ostensible capital of Somalia. Ethiopian troops are supposed to begin withdrawing today.
Thousands of Iraqis protested the prospective troop deal with the United States.
Economic activity is rapidly decreasing in the eurozone, shocking observers.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy introduced a $25 billion “strategic investment fund” to protect French industries from the economic downturn.
Peru hosts 21 heads of state for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits Latin America, along with some Russian warships.