William Dobson

Coeditor, Journal of Democracy

William J. Dobson is the coeditor of the Journal of Democracy. Previously, he served as the Chief International Editor at NPR, leading the network's global operations of bureaus and reporters in more than 20 countries. An award-winning editor and journalist, Mr. Dobson is the author of The Dictator's Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy, a critically-acclaimed work of international reportage that was selected as one of the "best books of 2012" by the Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The Sunday Telegraph, and Prospect. Prior to this, he worked as the politics & foreign affairs editor for Slate. During the height of the Arab Spring, the Washington Post editorial page commissioned Mr. Dobson to write daily on modern authoritarianism. While in Cairo, Mr. Dobson reported the first account of the Egyptian military torturing female protestors from Tahrir Square. Previously, he served as the managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine. Under his editorial direction, the magazine was nominated for the National Magazine Award five years in a row, and in 2007 and 2009, Foreign Policy won the overall award for General Excellence. Earlier in his career, Mr. Dobson served as Newsweek International's senior editor for Asia and as associate editor at Foreign Affairs. He has published widely on international politics. His articles and op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Newsweek, and elsewhere. Mr. Dobson holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and an M.A. in East Asian studies from Harvard University. He received his B.A, summa cum laude, from Middlebury College.

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