Michael Elliott is the editor of TIME International, a position in which he oversees all aspects of TIME Asia, TIME Canada, TIME South Pacific and TIME EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa). In October 2007, Elliott was elevated to the second-highest position on the TIME masthead.
Elliott was named editor of TIME International in April 2005 after spending a year as editor of TIME Asia. In addition, he also served as deputy managing editor of TIME from January 2006 through September 2007. Previously, Elliott was based in New York as editor-at-large of TIME and the author of its â€œGlobal Agendaâ€ column. Since Sept. 11, 2001, he has been one of TIMEâ€™s principal writers on the international aspects of the war on terrorism and has written many of TIMEâ€™s cover stories on the ongoing crisis.
Elliott joined TIME in May 2001 after a year spent as editor-in-chief of eCountries, an Internet-based news and analysis service on global affairs. From 1995-2000 he was editor of Newsweek International, and from 1984-93 he was on the staff of The Economist, where he was political editor and Washington bureau chief and the founding author of both the â€œBagehotâ€ and â€œLexingtonâ€ columns. He is the only person ever to have held senior editorial positions at all three major international newsmagazines.
Elliott was born in Liverpool, England, and took two degrees at Oxford University. Prior to his career in journalism, he was a member of the Central Policy Review Staff in Britainâ€™s Cabinet Office, and before that spent eight years teaching in universities in the United States and United Kingdom, ending his academic career with a tenured position at the London School of Economics.
Elliott has written for many newspapers and magazines, is a regular guest on TV talk shows, the author of three books, and has written and presented many documentary films that have been shown all over the world.