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WPJ Expands Editorial Board Globally

New York, November 11, 2009 - For Immediate Release

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New York, November 11--- World Policy Journal announced today the addition of six new members to its Editorial Board from Australia, China, Dubai, France, India, and Nigeria concurrently with the appointment as its first Chairman, Seymour Topping, former Managing Editor of The New York Times, former Administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, and now Emeritus Professor of International Journalism at Columbia University.

David A. Andelman, editor of the Journal, said: "I am delighted to welcome these distinguished new collaborators. This enhanced Editorial Board will broaden and strengthen the mission of World Policy Journal and its parent, the World Policy Institute, in providing a print and an expanding on-line venue for leading and challenging thinkers from every continent. The new members will assist us immeasurably in this continued search at home and abroad for the best reporting, writing and fresh perspectives on the critical and too often unexplored international issues of our time."

Seymour Topping said in accepting his appointment as chairman: "I feel very privileged to join the Board of World Policy Journal, an institution that offers a forum for writers of all countries to exchange information and ideas as well as enter into healthy debate. The magazine provides a true public service in this era of conflict and upheaval."

Now entering its second quarter-century of publication, the Journal has been recognized by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service as the best reading for Congress on America's Global role. Four times a year and daily on its global website, WorldPolicy.org, the most compelling topics in international affairs are presented in a lively, accessible style, vividly illustrated with photographs and cartoons from around the world. At the same time, WorldPolicy.org reached its highest readership level in history in October, with more than 120,000 unique visitors-60 percent abroad and 40 percent in the United States, amounting to nearly 525,000 page views.

The new members of the editorial board will appear for the first time on the masthead of the magazine's Winter issue with a cover theme of "Water Wars: Beyond the Blue Revolution" which will be on newsstands by mid December:

Seymour Topping, chairman of the editorial board of World Policy Journal, served as a foreign correspondent, foreign editor, then managing editor of The New York Times in the course of a 33 year career at the paper. After retiring, he served as the Administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes and SanPaolo Professor of International Journalism at Columbia University and now serves as president of Emeritus Professors in Columbia [EPIC].

Ying Chan is the founder and director of the journalism and media studies center of The University of Hong Kong. Earlier, she served as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, received a George Polk Award for journalistic excellence and an International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists and has taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Naresh Fernandes is the editor-in-chief of Time Out India, supervising Time Out Mumbai, Time Out Delhi, and Time Out Bengaluru. Based in Mumbai, he earlier served as joint news editor of The Times of India, a reporter for The Associated Press in Mumbai and copy editor for The Wall Street Journal in New York. He has contributed to The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review,and several Indian publications. He wrote the title essay for Bombay Then, Mumbai Now (Roli, 2009), which was published in November. He was also a co-editor of Bombay Meri Jaan (Penguin, 2003), an anthology of writing about Bombay, published by Penguin.

Sulaiman Al-Hattlan is CEO of the Arab Strategy Forum in Dubai, and senior consultant to the Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Foundation. Earlier, he served as editor-in-chief of Forbes Arabia and chairman of the Forbes CEO Middle East Forum and now hosts a current affairs program on Al Hurra television. A graduate of the King Saud University in Riyadh, he studied at Georgetown, Howard, and Harvard universities and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard before completing his post-Doctorate research in the university's Centre for Middle Eastern Studies.

Azubuike Ishiekwene, is the executive director of Nigeria's Punch newspaper group, which he joined in 1989, serving successively as a reporter and features writer and editor, Editor of Saturday Punch and editor of the company's flagship paper, The Punch, Lagos's largest newspaper. He serves as a board member of World Editors Forum.

Paul Kelly is Editor-at-Large on The Australian, the nation's national newspaper and published by News Corp. He has covered Australian governments from Gough Whitlam to Kevin Rudd and is a former Editor-in-Chief of The Australian. An historian as well as a journalist, his latest book The March of Patriots chronicles the creation of a modern Australia during the era of Paul Keating and John Howard. He is a 2002 Shorenstein Fellow from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has been a visiting lecturer at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

Patrick Wajsman is the founder and editor-in-chief of Politique Internationale, the leading French publication on global affairs and publishing partner of World Policy Journal. He is counselor to the president of the Figaro media group and former special advisor to France's Minister of Defense. He was also, for 20 years, a professor at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris.

Longtime editorial board member Shashi Tharoor has taken a leave of absence due to his appointment as Minister for External Affairs of the government of India. World Policy Journal congratulates him on his new post.

At the same time, World Policy Journal is delighted to announce the arrival of its first director of advertising and marketing, Donald W. Burkett. Don is a veteran marketing professional having served most recently as advertising sales director of the Jerusalem Post New York Edition.

Our new board members will join 17 other members of the editorial board, listed below.
Eric Alterman, World Policy Institute
Benjamin R. Barber, CivWorld
Sidney Blumenthal, Author
Mark Danner, The New Yorker
Kate Doyle, National Security Archive
David Fromkin, Boston University
Aziz Z. Huq, Brennan Center, NYU
Mira Kamdar, World Policy Institute
Peter Kaufman, Intelligent Television
Peter Osnos, Public Affairs books
Sherle R. Schwenninger, World Policy Institute
Nancy E. Soderberg, Connect U.S. Fund
Ronald Steel, University of Southern California
Angela E. Stent, Georgetown University
Steve Wasserman, Fish & Richardson
Martin Walker, World Policy Institute
Ruth Wedgwood, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS

About World Policy Journal
Since its founding in 1983, World Policy Journal has brought some of the most critical issues of our time to the attention of a global audience. The Journal's pages have generated many ground-breaking books including Ahmed Rashid's Jihad, Rajan Menon's End of Alliances, and Brian Steidle's The Devil Came on Horseback -which grew out of a photo essay published in World Policy Journal which played a major role in exposing the Darfur genocide. Essential reading for U.S. and global policy makers and thought leaders, World Policy Journal articles have been widely cited, including in a Canadian Supreme Court case.

About World Policy Institute
The World Policy Institute, a non-partisan source of global policy analysis and thought leadership for more than four decades, focuses on complex challenges that demand cooperative policy solutions in an increasingly interdependent world: an inclusive and sustainable global market economy, engaged global civic participation and effective governance, and collaborative approaches to national and global security. WPI's Fellows program, regular public and private events, collaborative policy development, media activities, and flagship World Policy Journal provide a forum for solution-focused policy analysis and public debate. Its programs seek to introduce fresh ideas and new voices from around the world on critical shared global issues including migration, climate change, technology, economic development, human rights, and counter-terrorism.
 

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