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Jonathan Tepperman
Jonathan Tepperman
Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Policy 
 Author, The Fix
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Jonathan Tepperman is the Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Policy magazine and the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller, The Fix: How Countries Use Crises to Solve the World's Worst Problems, a timely and compelling look at global problem-solving and innovative solutions that could change the face of leadership. Known for his deep understanding of international affairs, Tepperman makes a “data-driven case for optimism at a moment of gathering darkness” by showing how leaders in countries from South Korea and Indonesia to Brazil and Canada have taken on — and triumphed over — some of the world’s biggest challenges.

The New York Times Book Review praised The Fix  as “smart and agile” and “an indispensable handbook.” To write it, Tepperman traveled the world, conducting more than 100 interviews with the people behind the big ideas and creative policies that have solved seemingly insurmountable problems. From economic stagnation, inequality, and immigration to political gridlock, corruption, and Islamic extremism, Tepperman shares the surprising success stories of 10 countries — and the practical lessons we can apply elsewhere, from board-rooms to banks to community centers.

The Fix was long-listed for the Financial Times / McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. In its starred review, Kirkus called it “an important and unusually engrossing book that merits wide attention,” and Fareed Zakaria hailed it as “wonderful, intelligent, well-written,” a book that "will inform and enlighten you — and cheer you up."  

Tepperman has interviewed more than a dozen world leaders, including Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Japan’s Shinzo Abe, Brazil’s Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto, Indonesia’s Joko Widodo, and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.  

He began his career in foreign policy in the mid-1990s as a speechwriter for U.S. Ambassador Morris B. Abram in Geneva, Switzerland. From 2006 – 2010 Tepperman was Deputy Editor of Newsweek’s international edition, and from 2011 – 2017, he served as the managing editor of Foreign Affairs. He has written for a long list of publications, including Newsweek, The Atlantic, The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-editor of the books The U.S. vs. al QaedaIran and the Bomb, and The Clash of Ideas.                                                                                                                              

Tepperman has a BA in English from Yale, an MA in law from Oxford, an LLM from NYU, and is an alumnus of the Bronfman Youth Fellowship. He is Vice Chairman of the Halifax International Security Forum and a fellow of the New York Institute of Humanities. His TED Talk has been viewed close to a million times, and he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, Fox News, and NPR, among other networks.

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  • TED Talk: The Risky Politics of Progress
  • Halifax International Security Forum: Discipline or Disorder in the Global Playground
  • Tepperman discusses Greek edtion of "The Fix" in Athens
  • How Nations Survive and Thrive: Lessons for the Next President
  • Politics & Prose: Tepperman discusses "The Fix"
  • A Conversation about Joe Biden's trip to Iraq (2016)
  • Tepperman talks about the Role of the Exceptional Superpower with Tim Kaine and Jon McCain
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How do leaders and countries achieve big breakthroughs? The short answer is: by taking big risks. Tepperman takes you into cabinet rooms and presidential palaces around the world to show how and why some leaders and nations prove so successful – and explains the practical lessons we can apply elsewhere, from boardrooms to banks and community organizations.

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We all know the bad news — from rising inequality to surging populism to a newly aggressive China and Russia. But these gloomy headlines ignore the enormous progress the world has made in recent decades, and overlook the fact that — contrary to popular wisdom — many of our worst problems have solutions. Drawing on his unique access and reporting from around the globe, Tepperman offers an unconventional, upbeat narrative about our world, full of surprising successes and the stories of committed individuals figuring out how to move us forward.

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Can We Fix the Middle East?

For decades now, one region has bedeviled president after president, absorbing countless quantities of U.S. blood and treasure – to little avail. Can Washington ever hope to fix the Middle East – and should it even try?

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America and the World in the Age of Trump: What We Can Expect

As the investigations mount and the Trump administration continues to contradict itself, switch personnel, and change course, leaders and governments around the world are left scratching their heads as they try to figure Washington out. What should we expect from President Trump? What should we expect from American institutions, our allies, and our competitors and adversaries? In this presentation, Jonathan Tepperman analyzes what the age of Trump means for America and the world — and what you should and shouldn’t worry about.

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Books & Other Works
  • The Fix: How Countries Use Crises to Solve the World's Worst Problems
  • The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline
  • Iran and the Bomb
  • The Clash of Ideas
  • The U.S. vs. al Qaeda: A History of the War on Terror
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“He is, in short, an engaging and engrossing speaker who can speak authoritatively on many of the global issues dominating headlines today. We look forward to having him back.”
World Affairs Council
“Jonathan’s program at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs has been a highlight of the Council’s fall election-focused series of events. We received very positive feedback from those in attendance who found Jonathan’s remarks to be a constructive antidote to much of the prevailing pessimism about the state of the world. We look forward to hosting Jonathan again to further explore themes and lessons from The Fix.”
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
“Tepperman’s insight was clearly a delight to the audience, from people starting new jobs in international non-profits, to those traveling to some of the countries outlined in the book, to those who have been considering how such large issues might be fixed. An eloquent speaker, Tepperman offered interesting and insightful anecdotes from his case studies to show just how simple some of our biggest social, political, and economic issues are to solve if we just approach them creatively.”
Politics & Prose
“Working in the field of international relations, I have the opportunity to attend many, many speeches both in the United States and around the world. Jonathan Tepperman is as engaging and as enlightening as any speaker I’ve had the privilege to hear. I have been in attendance when Tepperman spoke at events in Washington, DC, at other venues in the United States as well as international settings and each time I am straightaway impressed by his ability to connect with his audience in a personal and human way. Indeed, Tepperman is at his best when he takes on a complex subject that his audience is interested in, but does not know much about. He brings his audience with him to a place that is at once personal, accessible, clear and entertaining. I would travel to hear him speak.”
Halifax International Security Forum
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