What is WikiLeaks really trying to tell us? We asked eminent historians and scholars to take the long view on these startling documents.
- By Britt PetersonBritt Peterson is deputy managing editor at Foreign Policy.
How does one make sense of the vast amounts of information found in the WikiLeaks cables? With so much to read and so few easy ways to understand the huge data dump, we looked to the experts: scholars, diplomats, and professional readers of all stripes who gave us their iconoclastic takes on what these documents are actually saying, from scholar Marjorie Garber’s analysis of the leaks-as-lit to historian Maya Jasanoff’s look at how our diplomatic empire compares to empires of the past to Ambassador Peter Galbraith’s step-by-step how-to guide to cable-writing. Think of it as our guided tour through the labyrinth of cables.
- Margaret MacMillan, A Short History of Secrecy
- Maya Jasanoff, Revenge of the Quiet American
- Peter Galbraith, How to Write a Cable
- Fouad Ajami, Nothing to See Here
- Marjorie Garber, Anatomy of a Honey Trap
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.| WikiLeaked |