- 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 was amused yesterday afternoon to read DailyKos contributor Meteor Blades describe FP thusly:
For instance, the once-neoconservative, still mostly conservative Foreign Policy magazine picked The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers and put Ben Bernanke in the No. 1 slot. Not my first choice by a country mile. But then, consider the source.
Never mind the fact that no less a neocon than President Obama, No. 2 on our list, chose to reappoint Bernanke in recognition of his economic stewardship — I’m not sure when FP was supposed to have been a conservative magazine of any stripe. Was it back in 1970, when FP’s founders established a journal intended to challenge the assumptions behind the Vietnam War? Or was it in May 2008, when we ran a cover story by American Prospect correspondent Gershom Gorenberg that describes Israel as “neither a perfect democracy, nor a Jewish ghetto imperiled by Iranian Nazis, nor a pupper master indirectly controlling Washington”? Or was it last January, when environmental activist Bill McKibben warned that we have to stop climate change now, before it’s too late? Or perhaps in September 2007, when FP‘s cover appeared to call for the legalization of cocaine? Or maybe it was January of that year, when the magazine turned to Nobel laureate Daniel Kahnemann to explain why hawks so often seem to win foreign-policy debates? Or was it last winter when we signed up Steve Walt, Dan Drezner, Tom Ricks, and Marc Lynch as bloggers? Those don’t sound like neoconservative plots to me.
It would, of course, be equally easy for anyone to cherry pick any number of neoconservative or conservative-sounding articles from our archives — or arguments from further left.
And this is the point. FP simply isn’t an ideological magazine; we’re a forum for all sorts of voices and ideas, left, right, centrist, whatever. And we’re always open to yours, so tell us what you think. Fire away!