In a now famous 1997 Columbia Journalism Review article, James Hoge argued that the United States perceives the world beyond its borders as largely irrelevant. He argues that unless there is a serious crisis or war, or an international event directly relates to American interests, the nation and its media pay no attention. In this conversation, Hoge discusses changes in the media as well as within the fields of international affairs and foreign policy over the last decade.
James Hoge is editor of Foreign Affairs, a bi-monthly magazine of analysis and commentary on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. Prior to joining Foreign Affairs in 1992, he worked in journalism for three decades as a Washington correspondent, editor and publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, and as publisher and president of the New York Daily News. He has been a fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Freedom Forum Media Center at Columbia University, and the American Political Science Association's Congressional Fellowship Program. He is chairman of the International Center for Journalists, a director of Human Rights Watch, and a director of the Center for Global Affairs at New York University. Sponsored by the graduate program in International Affairs.
James F. Hoge Jr.
James Hoge spent three decades in newspaper journalism, serving as a Washington correspondent, editor in chief and publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, and then publisher and president of the New York Daily News.
Under his leadership, the Chicago Sun-Times won six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence and the New York Daily News won one. He became editor of Foreign Affairs in 1992.
Sean Jacobs, a native of Cape Town, South Africa, holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of London and a M.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University.
He is working on a book on the intersection of mass media, globalization and liberal democracy in postapartheid South Africa. He is co-editor of Thabo Mbeki's World: The Politics and Ideology of the South African President (Zed Books, 2002) and two other books. His most recent scholarly articles have appeared in Politique Africaine (2006) and Media, Culture, and Society (2007). He is a regular contributor to the Guardian's Comment is Free site.
Previously he taught African Studies as well as communication studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
He worked as a political researcher for the Institute for Democracy in South Africa.
Nina L. Khrushcheva
Nina L. Khrushcheva is Associate Professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School and senior fellow of the World Policy Institute.
She is also an editor of and a contributor to Project Syndicate: Association of Newspapers Around the World. After receiving her Ph.D. from Princeton University, she had a two-year appointment as a research fellow at the School of Historical Studies of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and then served as Deputy Editor of East European Constitutional Review at the NYU School of Law. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dr. Khrushcheva's articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Times, and other publications. She is the author of Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics, and is currently working on a new book project, Russia's Gulag of the Mind.