Hampton Stephens
Hampton founded World Politics Review with the aim of creating a better discourse about global affairs in the U.S. and around the world. He has a background in both the editorial and business sides of publishing. He has been a reporter, was the managing editor for defense trade publication Inside the Air Force, and has written freelance pieces for outlets like the Boston Globe and Foreign Policy. Early in his career, he worked in marketing at National Journal Group, where he helped market publications like National Journal, the Hotline, and Congress Daily. He is a member of the board of directors of EBSCO, the leading provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, ebooks and discovery service for academic and public libraries. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master's in Statecraft and World Politics from the Institute of World Politics.


Judah Grunstein, Editor-in-Chief
Judah's coverage of French and American politics, foreign policy and national security has appeared in World Politics Review, the International Herald Tribune, the Atlantic online, Politico Magazine, Foreign Policy online and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is a regular guest commentator on France 24, as well as a published playwright.

Frederick Deknatel, Managing Editor
Prior to joining WPR, Freddy was a staff editor at Foreign Affairs and, earlier, worked on the editorial staff of Rolling Stone and The Nation. His writing has appeared in The Nation, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. A former Fulbright fellow in Syria, he has a master’s degree in modern Middle Eastern studies from Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in history and Arabic from Vassar.

Elliot Waldman, Senior Editor
Before WPR, Elliot spent five years as a news producer at the Washington, DC bureau of Tokyo Broadcasting System, Japan’s oldest and largest commercial television and radio network. In that capacity, he was responsible for facilitating TBS’s coverage of U.S. politics and foreign policy, and he reported from over 15 different countries and 25 U.S. states. He has a master’s degree in international relations and international economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor's degree in international affairs from the George Washington University. He speaks fluent Japanese and is conversant in Vietnamese.

Prachi Vidwans, Associate Editor
Prior to joining WPR, Prachi was a research associate at the Human Rights Foundation and talk development coordinator at the Oslo Freedom Forum, where she worked with grassroots activists to advocate for civil and political rights in authoritarian countries. Vidwans specializes in authoritarianism, democratization and human rights, with a focus on East and Southeast Asia. She also previously worked as an assistant editor at Foreign Policy's Democracy Lab and a research consultant at Global Concerns India. Vidwans has a master’s in international relations from the University of Chicago and a bachelor of arts from New York University, and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, TIME, and more.

Benjamin Wilhelm, Newsletter and Engagement Editor
Prior to joining WPR, Ben was a research assistant at New America, a think tank based in Washington, DC. He has a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Chinese from Eckerd College.


Howard W. French
Howard W. French is a career foreign correspondent and global affairs writer and the author of four books, including most recently “Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power.” His WPR column appears every other Wednesday. From 1990 to 2008, French reported overseas for The New York Times as bureau chief for Central America and the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan and the Koreas, and China, based in Shanghai. He has served as the president of the board of directors of the IRIN News Agency, and is a member of the board of the Columbia Journalism Review. He also is a professor at the Columbia Journalism School.

Frida Ghitis
Frida started her career at CNN, where she worked as a producer and correspondent covering international news. In addition to CNN, her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands) and in scores of publications in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and beyond. Her regular column on global affairs in the Miami Herald is distributed worldwide by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. Her weekly WPR column, World Citizen, appears every Thursday. She is a public speaker on world affairs and the author of “The End of Revolution: A Changing World in the Age of Live Television.”

Stewart M. Patrick
Stewart M. Patrick is the James H. Binger senior fellow in global governance and director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. His areas of expertise include multilateral cooperation on global issues; U.S. policy toward international institutions, including the United Nations; and the challenges posed by fragile and post-conflict states. He was previously a research fellow at the Center for Global Development, and also served on the secretary of state's policy planning staff from 2002 to 2005.

Candace Rondeaux
Candace Rondeaux is a senior fellow and professor of practice at the Center on the Future of War, a joint initiative of New America and Arizona State University. Her WPR column appears every Friday. She has documented and analyzed political violence in South Asia and around the world for The Washington Post, International Crisis Group, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the U.S. Institute of Peace and a host of international publications. An expert on international security affairs, she has focused on anti-corruption, justice and accountability as a throughline in all her work. She holds a B.A. in Russian area studies from Sarah Lawrence College, an M.A. in journalism from New York University, and an M.P.P. in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.


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