M. J. Akbar, New Delhi, India
Mubashar Jawed Akbar is a leading Indian journalist and author. He's the founder and editor-in-chief of The Asian Age, a daily multi-edition Indian newspaper with a global perspective and editor-in-chief of The Deccan Chronicle, a news daily based in Hyderabad. He has written books including Blood Brothers, Nehru: The Making of India, Kashmir: Behind the Vale, Riot After Riot, The Shade of Swords, and India: The Siege Within.
Kyoko Altman, Hong Kong, China
Kyoko Altman is a writer based in Hong Kong. She has worked as a correspondent and anchor for CNN and CNBC, and as a news-magazine reporter for Japan's top-ranked news program 'News Station' on TV Asahi covering more than twenty countries.
Swaminathan Aiyar, New Delhi, India
Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is the Consulting Editor of The Economic Times, India's largest financial daily. He writes a popular weekly column, titled Swaminomics in the Times of India. He spends roughly half the year in New Delhi and half in Washington D.C., where he is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and an occasional consultant to the World Bank. He has been the editor of India's two main financial dailies, The Economic Times (1992-94) and Financial Express (1988-90). He was also the India Correspondent of the British weekly, The Economist, for most of two decades between 1976 and 1998.
Lamis Andoni, Doha, Qatar
Lamis Andoni is an English and Middle East consultant for Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news station.
Lucia Annunziata, Rome, Italy
Lucia Annunziata, a columnist for the Italian newspaper La Stampa, has covered Latin America, Central America, the United States and the Middle East. She was president of RAI, National Public Television, a position she resigned in May 2004 to protest Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's conflict of interest.
Maziar Bahari, Tehran, Iran
Maziar Bahari is an award winning documentary filmmaker and journalist from Iran. He is the Newsweek correspondent in Iran, one of very few journalists who has worked in Iran consistently for the past four years.
Kayhan Barzegar, Tehran, Iran
Kayhan Barzegar is a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center, Harvard university's Kennedy School of Government. He teaches international relations and Iran's foreign policy in Tehran. In 2002-2003, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE).
Endy Bayuni, Jakarta, Indonesia
Endy M. Bayuni took up the job of chief editor of The Jakarta Post, Indonesia's independent and leading English language newspaper, in August 2004 shortly after he returned from a one-year Nieman Fellowship at the Harvard University.
Nayan Chanda, New Haven, USA
Nayan Chanda is the Director of Publications and the Editor of YaleGlobal Online Magazine at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. For nearly thirty years before he joined Yale University, Chanda was with the Hong Kong-based magazine the Far Eastern Economic Review as its editor, editor-at-large and correspondent.
Hossein Derakhshan, Iran
Iranian-born Hossein "Hoder" Derakhshan is a blogger, journalist, and internet activist. Since 2001, he has been based out of Toronto, Canada, running his award-winning weblog, Editor: Myself which has been among the most influential blogs in the Persian language.
Mustafa Domanic, Istanbul, Turkey
Mustafa Domanic is an online activist and blogger. He contributes to several blogs on Turkish current affairs as well as global political issues including foreignsight.blogspot.com.
Mona Eltahawy, Washington D.C., US/ Middle East
Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning syndicated columnist and an international lecturer on Arab and Muslim issues. Before she moved to the U.S. in 2000, she was a news reporter in the Middle East, including in Cairo and Jerusalem as a Reuters correspondent. She also reported from the region for Britain's The Guardian and U.S. News and World Report. She has lived in Egypt, the UK, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, and is currently based in New York.
Bill Emmott, London, England
Bill Emmott is the former editor of The Economist magazine, a leading international current affairs publication from England. He is now an independent writer, speaker, and consultant on international affairs.
Ali Ettefagh, Tehran, Iran
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.
Jack Fairweather, Washington D.C., USA
Jack Fairweather was the Daily Telegraph's Baghdad and Gulf correspondent for four years, winning the UK's award for war reporting. He is currently based in Washington, D.C. He writes for the Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones, and Harper's Magazine, and regularly reports from across the Middle East.
James Fallows, China/USA
James Fallows is National Correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly. In addition to working for the Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft.
Ignacio Gil Vázquez, Madrid, Spain
Ignacio Gil Vázquez is the managing editor of Spain's second largest circulation newspaper, El Mundo.
David Goodhart, London, England
David Goodhart is founder and editor of Prospect magazine, the London-based current affairs monthly. Before starting Prospect in 1995 he worked for 12 years for the Financial Times, including a spell as correspondent in Germany.
Gustavo Gorriti, Lima, Peru
Gustavo Gorriti Is and award-winning Peruvian journalist based in Lima. He covered Peru's internal war, drug trafficking and corruption. He is the author, among other books, of The Shining Path: A History of the Millenarian War in Peru. He was Associate Director of Panama's La Prensa, Co-Director of Peru's La Republica and is currently a columnist for Caretas, Peru's leading newsmagazine.
Bashir Goth, Somalia/United Arab Emirates
Goth is a veteran journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and editor of a leading news website . He is also a regular contributor to major Middle Eastern and African newspapers and online journals.
William M. Gumede, Johannesburg, South Africa
William M. Gumede is Associate Editor at Africa Confidential. He is Research Fellow at the School of Public and Development Management, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He recently released the bestselling book Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC.
Shekhar Gupta, New Delhi, India
Shekhar Gupta is the editor-in-chief of The Indian Express in New Delhi.
Shim Jae Hoon, Seoul, South Korea
Shim Jae Hoon is a Seoul-based journalist and commentator writing for a variety of international publications including YaleGlobal Online, The Straits Times of Singapore, The Taipei Times and Korea Herald. He was a correspondent for Far Eastern Economic Review in Seoul, Taipei and Jakarta.
Shaun Johnson, Cape Town, South Africa
Shaun Johnson is the founding Chief Executive of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation in Cape Town, which is dedicated to building exceptional leadership capacity in Africa in the name of Nelson Mandela.
Rami G Khouri, Beirut, Lebanon
Rami George Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and U.S. citizen whose family resides in Beirut, Amman, and Nazareth. He is editor at large, and former executive editor, of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper.
Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, Germany
Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff is the Washington bureau chief of the German newsweekly, Die Zeit.
Nikos Konstandaras, Athens, Greece
Nikos Konstandaras is managing editor and a columnist of Kathimerini, the leading Greek morning daily. He is also the founding editor of Kathimerini's English Edition, which is published as a supplement to The International Herald Tribune in Greece, Cyprus and Albania. He worked as a correspondent for The Associated Press from 1989 to 1997 before joining the Greek press and has reported from many countries in the region.
Leon Krauze, Mexico City, Mexico
Leon Krauze is a Mexican blogger and a founder of letraslibres.com.
Daoud Kuttab, Amman, Jordan
Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is the director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, and he is the founder and general director of AmmanNet, the Arab world's first internet radio station.
Miriam Leitao, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Miriam Leitao is a reporter and columnist for O Globo and Radio CBN in Brazil. She is also a commentator on Globo TV Network and runs her own blog, www.miriamleitao.com, hosted at Globo online at www.oglobo.com.br. She was awarded Columbia University's Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2005.
Masha Lipman, Moscow, Russia
Masha Lipman is the editor of the Pro et Contra journal, published by Carnegie Moscow Center. Lipman is also an expert in the Civil Society Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. She served as deputy editor of the Russian weekly newsmagazines, Ezhenedel'ny zhurnal from 2001 to 2003, and of Itogi magazine from 1995 to 2001. She has worked as a translator, researcher, and contributor for the Moscow bureau of The Washington Post and has had a monthly op-ed column in The Washington Post since 2001.
Kin-ming Liu, Hong Kong, China
Washington-based columnist for The Hong Kong Standard, The New York Sun, and Insight on the News, an online weekly published by The Washington Times. Covering economic and political relations between the United States and East Asia, with an emphasis on China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Ibsen Martinez, Caracas, Venezuela
Ibsen Martinez is a columnist, journalist, and award-winning playwright from Caracas, Venezuela. Since 1995, he has written a weekly column for El Nacional. His writings have appeared in El Nuevo Herald, Miami, Letras Libres, Madrid, and El Pais in Madrid. Martinez has also written several plays for the theater.
Hisham Melhem, Washington D.C., US/Lebanon
Hisham Melhem is the Washington-based correspondent for Annahar, the leading Lebanese daily; Al-Qabas, the Kuwaiti daily; and Radio Monte Carlo in France. He is currently the host of "Across the Ocean", a weekly talk show for Al-Arabiya, the Dubai-based satellite station
Yossi Melman, Tel Aviv, Israel
Yossi Melman is a senior commentator for the Israeli daily Haaretz. He specializes in intelligence, security, terrorism and strategic issues. An author of seven books on these topics, his most recent book, The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the State of Iran was published recently by Carroll & Graf.
Carlos Alberto Montaner, Madrid, Spain
Carlos Alberto Montaner is a Cuban-born writer, journalist, and former professor. He is one of the most influential and widely-read columnists in the Spanish-language media, syndicated in dozens of publications in Latin America, Spain and the United States. He is also vice president of the Liberal International, a London-based federation devoted to the defense of democratic values and the promotion of the market economy. He has written more than twenty books, including Journey to the Heart of Cuba; How and Why Communism Disappeared; Liberty, the Key to Prosperity; and the novels A Dog's World and 1898: The Plot. He is now based in Madrid, Spain.
Sami Moubayed, Damascus, Syria
Sami Moubayed is a Syrian political analyst, journalist, and author. Moubayed is the author of Damascus Between Democracy and Dictatorship (2000) and Steel & Silk: Men and Women Who Shaped Syria 1900-2000 (2005). He is also a co-founder of al-Sharq Center for Strategic Studies, the first independent think-tank in Syria. In 2004, he created Syrianhistory.com, the first and online museum of Syrian history. It contains over 2,000 photographs, documents, and rare audiovisual material on Syria during the years 1900-2000.
Moisés Naím, Washington, D.C.
Moisés Naím, based in Washington DC, is editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine. He has written extensively on international economics, U.S. foreign policy, and globalization. His regular opinion columns appear in many internationally recognized publications and he is the author or editor of eight books including Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy. Previously, Naím served as Venezuela's minister of trade and industry and as an executive director at the World Bank..
Christine Ockrent, Paris, France
Christine Ockrent is regarded as one of France's most respected broadcasters, the only journalist granted an interview with Saddam Hussein in the middle of the Gulf War. As well as becoming the first woman to anchor and edit the prime time news, Christine has also edited the current affairs journal L'Express, worked as the deputy director-general of France's TF1 channel and presented the country's flagship magazine and program on French and European politics, France-Europe Express. She also anchors a monthly program on international affairs on TV5Monde.
Charles Onyango-Obbo, Kampala, Uganda
Charles "Mase" Onyango-Obbo is a Ugandan author, journalist, former editor of The Monitor and political commentator of issues in East Africa and the African Great Lakes region. He writes a column, Ear To The Ground in The Monitor, and a second column in the regional weekly, The EastAfrican.
Soli Ozel, Istanbul, Turkey
Soli Ozel teaches at Istanbul Bilgi University's Department of International Relations and Political Science. He is a columnist for the national daily Sabah and is senior advisor to the chairman of the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association.
Ahmed Rashid, Lahore, Pakistan
Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore, was the Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review, for 22 years until the magazine was recently closed down. He presently writes for the Daily Telegraph in London, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Review of Books, BBC Online, The Nation, and academic and foreign affairs journals. He appears regularly on international TV and radio stations such as CNN and BBC World Service.
Olivier Roy, Paris, France
Olivier Roy is a senior researcher at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research). He currently lectures at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) in Paris and has acted as consultant to the French Foreign Ministry (Center for Analysis and Forecast) since 1984.
Mahmoud Sabit, Cairo, Egypt
Mahmoud Sabit is a historian and an authority on Egypt's 19th century political reforms. Sabit also works as a writer and producer of historical documentaries.
Vivian Salama, New York City, USA
Vivian Salama is an award-winning reporter, producer and blogger. Currently based in Lahore, Pakistan, she has reported for various publications from across the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, the United States and North and South Korea. She has also appeared as a commentator on the BBC, South African Broadcasting Corp., NPR and as a reporter for Voice of America radio. Her byline has appeared in numerous publications including Newsweek, USA Today, the International Herald Tribune, the National, Jerusalem Post, and the Daily Star. Salama has an MA in Islamic Politics from Columbia University and she previously worked as a lecturer of international journalism at Rutgers University.
Anwer Sher, Dubai, UAE
Originally from Pakistan, Anwer Sher is based in Dubai and writes for Gulf News, Khaleej Times and Emirates Today. His varied career experience includes banking, consulting, and real estate development. He has a Masters degree in International Relations.
Saul Singer, Jerusalem, Israel
Saul Singer, a columnist and former editorial page editor at the Jerusalem Post, is co-author of the forthcoming book, Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, Middle East Quarterly, Moment, the New Leader, and bitterlemons.org (an Israeli/Palestinian e-zine). Before moving to Israel in 1994, he served as an adviser in the United States Congress to the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Banking Committees. He is also on Twitter.
Nils Udgaard, Oslo, Norway
Nils Udgaard is the foreign editor of Norway's daily newspaper Aftenposten.
Miklos Vamos, Budapest, Hungary
Miklós Vámos is a Hungarian novelist, screenwriter and talk show host.
Njoroge Wachai, Kenya
Njoroge is a journalist who formerly worked for the Kenya-based People Daily.
Annie Wang, Shanghai, China
Annie Wang is a journalist, public speaker, and author who specializes women's issue. She has published eight Chinese books and two English novels.
Michael Young, Beirut, Lebanon
Michael Young is the Opinion Editor and a columnist for Lebanon's The Daily Star newspaper. He is also a contributing editor and contributor at Reason magazine, where he writes bi-weekly articles.
Posted by Hal Straus on June 14, 2006 7:00 AM
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