JONATHAN TEPPERMAN, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs.
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Given the political scandals afflicting Canada’s government, the fecklessness and gridlock in Washington, and Europe’s slow drift toward apparent irrelevance, it’s become all too easy — and indeed, extremely popular — for pundits and publics alike to write off the West and declare the Asian century already upon us. But the truth is far more complex. The North American energy revolution, still poorly understood, is transforming the continent’s economic prospects faster and more thoroughly than anyone can keep track of, and in unexpected ways — and its geopolitical implications haven’t even begun to be counted. Meanwhile, China and the rest of the BRICs are slowing and stalling, and a new crop of frontier economies — most of which are decidedly pro-Western — are shoot up at a staggering pace. And then there’s the question of global leadership. For all the talk about a “China Consensus,” Beijing is finding it harder than ever to make friends abroad, and developments from the East China Sea to the melting of the Arctic are making the US-backed liberal global order more attractive than ever. The West may be down — but it’s far from out.
Jonathan Tepperman is an editor, writer, and analyst with some 15 years’ experience working on international affairs. He is the Managing Editor of Foreign Affairs and a columnist for the Global New York Times/International Herald Tribune. Tepperman started his journalism career as a junior editor at Foreign Affairs in 1998, before moving to Newsweek International, where he was deputy editor, ran the Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America sections, and wrote frequently for the magazine. He then worked at Eurasia Group, a global political-risk consulting firm, before returning to Foreign Affairs. Tepperman has also worked as an international reporter and as a speechwriter to U.S. Ambassador to the UN Morris B. Abram. He has written for a range of other publications, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and others, on subjects ranging from international affairs to municipal politics and from books to food. He is the co-editor of the books The U.S. vs Al Qaeda: A History of the War on Terror (2011) and Iran and the Bomb: Solving the Persian Puzzle (2012). Tepperman has a B.A. in English from Yale University, an M.A. in law from Oxford University, and an LL.M. in law from New York University.