James Traub is a journalist specializing in international affairs. He is a columnist and contributor to the Website foreignpolicy.com. He worked as a staff writer for The New Yorker from 1993 to 1998, and then as a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine from 1998 to 2011. Over the last decade he has reported from among other places, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, Sudan, Guinea Bissau, Congo, Sierra Leone, Angola, Georgia, Kosovo and Haiti. He has also written extensively about national politics, urban affairs, and education. His most recent book is The Freedom Agenda: Why America Must Spread Democracy (Just Not The Way Bush Did). In 2006 he published The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the UN in the Era of American World Power. He has recently completed a biography of John Quincy Adams, to be published by Basic Books. He teaches classes on American foreign policy and on nation-building at NYU Abu Dhabi. He is the host for the Ethic Matters series of public conversations at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He is a fellow of the Center on International Cooperation and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Contributing Editor at Foreign Policy & Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation, Socrates Program