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Jonathan Tepperman is a writer, editor, and foreign policy analyst.


He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Policy magazine and the author of the 2016 book The Fix: How Countries Use Crises to Solve the World’s Worst Problems.

Tepperman started his career working as a speechwriter for U.S. Ambassador Morris B. Abram at UN Watch in Geneva, Switzerland and reporting for The Jerusalem Post in Israel. After getting law degrees from Oxford and NYU, he joined Foreign Affairs as a junior editor, the became Deputy Editor of Newsweek’s international edition, and then returned to Foreign Affairs as Managing Editor, where he spent six years before being named Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Policy in September 2017. 

At Foreign Policy, Tepperman restored the magazine’s reputation for excellence, redesigned its editorial structure, revamped and diversified its masthead, and created all new editorial systems. Under his stewardship, the publication rolled out a long list of new feature types, increased its social media presence, introduced several new podcasts, revamped and expanded its newsletters, and launched a series of regular subscriber conference calls and other live events. During Tepperman’s three-plus years at the helm, FP increased its web traffic by approximately 120 percent while tightening its paywall and reducing the size of its editorial staff. It also increased its subscriber base while more than doubling prices.

Tepperman’s 2016 book, The Fix, was called “an indispensable handbook” by The New York Times and was longlisted for the 2016 Financial Times Business Book of the Year.


His TED Talk, “The Risky Politics of Progress,” has been viewed more than a million times.


Tepperman has written regularly for a long list of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Newsweek, The New Republic, and others, and served as a columnist at the International Herald Tribune and Newsweek. He has interviewed more than a dozen world leaders, including Bashar al Assad, Shinzo Abe, and Lula da Silva. He is the coeditor of the books The U.S. vs. al Qaeda (2011), Iran and the Bomb (2012), and The Clash of Ideas (2012).


Tepperman has a BA in English from Yale, an MA in jurisprudence from Oxford, and an LLM in law from New York University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a Fellow of the New York Institute of Humanities.


He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

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