For the past year, twenty-something Washington Post reporter Amar Bakshi has traveled across the globe talking to ordinary people of his generation - farmers, rebels, rappers, laborers - whose primary experience of the United States has been with George W. Bush at the helm.
What he found was eye-opening. Having just returned to the U.S. this month, Amar will offer some new perspectives on the texture of pro- and anti-Americanism at the local level- New America Foundation
Amar C. Bakshi
Amar C. Bakshi is currently reporting for the online editions of The Washington Post and Newsweek, traveling around the world looking at how America impacts ordinary lives in a dozen countries. He posts text and video daily at www.washingtonpost.com/america.
Before launching How the World Sees America, Amar worked with David Ignatius, Hal Straus, and Fareed Zakaria as the first editor of PostGlobal, an international affairs forum. Amar is also the founder of Aina Arts, a nonprofit organization connecting local artisans with schools in the developing world, and was the associate managing editor of the Oxford International Review. He graduated from Harvard as the first joint concentrator in Social Studies (theory) and Visual & Environmental Studies (documentary video), writing his thesis on media propaganda in Zimbabwe.
Patrick C. Doherty is Deputy Director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. The American Strategy Program aims to promote a new American internationalism that combines a tough-minded realism about America's interests in the world with a pragmatic idealism about the kind of world order best suited to America's democratic way of life. Mr. Doherty is also Director of the foundation's U.S.-Cuba 21st Century Policy Initiative, which seeks to take advantage of recent developments to move U.S.-Cuba policy in a more sensible direction to the benefit of both countries.
Before joining New America, Mr. Doherty was Director of Communications at the Center for National Policy, a congressionally focused national security think tank. He was also a senior editor at TomPaine.com, an online journal of politics and policy based in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for all content related to national security, macroeconomics, energy, and the environment, and wrote a twice-weekly editorial about America's strategic challenges.
Mr. Doherty previously spent ten years in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and the Caucuses working on conflict management and post-conflict peacebuilding. He served as European Regional Advisor to Catholic Relief Services and as a consultant to the Organization of African Unity in Ethiopia and to the Israeli and the Palestinian Authority’s education ministries.
He also taught African politics at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mr. Doherty holds a master's degree in security studies from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, where he was a co-founder of the Institute for Human Security, and a bachelor's degree from the School of International Service at American University.