Journalist, author

Jonathan writes about: Foreign Affairs, Politics, Progress

Jonathan Tepperman is the editor-in-chief at The Octavian Report, a magazine of ideas focused on expert analysis of the arts, international affairs, and economics. He is also the author of The Fix: How Countries Use Crises to Solve the World’s Worst Problems. Previously, Tepperman was the editor-at-large at Foreign Policy.

Tepperman started his career in foreign policy working as a speechwriter for US Ambassador Morris B. Abram in Geneva, Switzerland. He then spent time as a foreign correspondent and studied law in England and New York. Following that, he joined Foreign Affairs as a junior editor. A few years later, he moved to Newsweek, where he was deputy editor of the international edition. After a short stint as a political risk consultant, he returned to Foreign Affairs as managing editor, and then became FP’s editor in chief in 2017.

Tepperman has written for a long list of publications, including Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and others, on subjects ranging from international affairs to books to municipal politics to food. He has interviewed more than a dozen world leaders, including Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Japan’s Shinzo Abe, Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto, Indonesia’s Joko Widodo, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, and Pakistan’s Imran Khan. He is the coeditor of the books The U.S. vs. al Qaeda, Iran and the Bomb, and The Clash of Ideas.

There are remarkable signs of progress out there, often in the most unexpected places, and they’ve convinced me that our great global challenges are not so unsolvable after all.


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