- 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.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s getting a lot of ink tonight for hinting — yet again — that he’ll make a bid for the presidency in 2012. Citing the late Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s four terms as a model, Putin said there would be nothing illegal about running for a third presidential term after Dmitry Medvedev’s term expires — though he didn’t say he wanted the job. (Last week Putin said he was "bored" by foreign policy, which falls under the president’s formal authority.)
But that wasn’t the most interesting thing Putin said Monday, speaking before a crowd of Russian and Western policy wonks in the resort town of Sochi. He used the occassion to issue a rare shoutout to Barack Obama, calling the U.S. president a "deep, profound person" and saying the two men had "similar perspective on global problems."
"Probably this is the best prerequisite for a higher level of relationship with the United States," he added.
As the Wall Street Journal notes, that’s a far cry from last year, when Putin reportedly harangued Obama during an unpleasant "working breakfast" in Moscow.