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Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
Update: The Global Thinkers panel has just wrapped up. The topic of the event was the "rise of the rest" and the future of global energy security, but of course, this week’s events couldn’t help but enter into the proceedings. Responding to the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, in which Turkish foreign policy featured prominently, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu joked that he now knows that his country is "at the top of the world agenda today."
The foreign minister, who is described unflatteringly in a number of the cables, dismissed them as the work of individual diplomats rather than a true expression of U.S. foreign policy. "You can read these, or you can listen to the speech of President Obama last year in the Turkish parliament. Which would I take seriously?" he said.
Davutoglu also suggested that perhaps the diplomats who wrote the cables "are not able to adapt to the new situation" in which Turkey and the United States are important allies.
Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim discussed Turkey and Brazil’s controversial joint efforts to reach an agreement on nuclear enrichment with Iran last year, saying "We did exactly what was asked of us" by the United States and Western powers. Referring to the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, he suggested that the efforts were not welcomed in Washington because "we are not part of the P5 or because we did it too quickly."
According to U.S. Senator John Kerry, "The most interesting things in WikiLeaks was the consensus on Iran." The senator even went as far as to say that learning about the level of agreement in this way was "not unconstructive."
Regarding the rise of new powers like Turkey and Brazil, Kerry said, "We [in the United States] are dragging our heels while the world is moving at a very accelerated rate."
Tonight, the staff of Foreign Policy is getting all gussied up to celebrate our 40th anniversary by honoring the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010 at a special event at Washington’s Corcoran Gallery of Art.
The evening will include a special conversation moderated by PBS news anchor Gwen Ifill featuring Ahmet Davutoglu, foreign minister of Turkey; Celso Amorim, foreign minister of Brazil; John Kerry, chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and Shai Agassi, electric-car entrepreneur and CEO of Better Place. The event will also feature a special tribute to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, one of the first editors of Foreign Policy.
The video above, filmed and compiled by our friends at Reuters, features highlights of interviews with the thinkers. Will be featuring more footage from the interview and the event in the days event. I’ll also have a quick write-up of the panel discussion later tonight.
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Previously, Josh covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing extensively on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, U.S.-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries. Prior to that, he covered military modernization, cyber warfare, space, and missile defense for Federal Computer Week Magazine. He has also served as Pentagon Staff Reporter for the Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading daily newspaper, in its Washington, D.C., bureau, where he reported on U.S.-Japan relations, Chinese military modernization, the North Korean nuclear crisis, and more.
A graduate of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, Josh lived in Yokohama, Japan, and studied at Tokyo's Sophia University. He speaks conversational Japanese and has reported from the region. He has also worked at the House International Relations Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and the Brookings Institution.
Josh's reporting has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, ABC, NPR, WTOP, and several other outlets. He was a 2008-2009 National Press Foundation's Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow, 2009 military reporting fellow with the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the 2011 recipient of the InterAction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, D.C.| The Cable |