Uri Friedman Named Global Editor of TheAtlantic.com

Uri Friedman is rejoining The Atlantic as global editor of its website, TheAtlantic.com. Friedman comes to The Atlantic from Foreign Policy, where he served as deputy managing editor. Friedman is succeeding Olga Khazan, who is moving into a writing role.

In related news, Moisés Naím is joining TheAtlantic.com as contributing editor to the global channel. Moisés was editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy from 1996 to 2010, and most recently served as chief international columnist for El Pais and La Repubblica, newspapers in Spain and Italy, respectively.

Below is the memo from Bob Cohn — editor of Atlantic Digital — announcing the moves.

I am very happy to announce that Uri Friedman, deputy managing editor at Foreign Policy, will rejoin Atlantic Media as global editor of TheAtlantic.com.

Uri started here at the Watergate in 2008 as a charter member of the Innovation Center, David Bradley’s skunkworks to invent new digital properties. (Among other standouts on that team who are still with us: Derek Thompson, Graeme Wood, Eleanor Barkhorn, and Heather Horn.) At the Innovation Center, Uri worked on the concept that became The Atlantic Wire and then moved over to National Journal, where he did corporate strategy and new product development during its 2010 reorganization. He returned to the Wire to cover international affairs during 2010 and 2011 before setting off for Foreign Policy.

At FP, Uri has helped run the website and edited its staff blog, Passport. At The Atlantic, he’ll oversee the Global channel, where he’ll be responsible for a mix of writing, commissioning, editing, and general management of our international coverage. Olga Khazan, the talented editor of global who’s shown an uncanny knack for finding and writing smart and popular posts, will move to a writing role, principally on the Health and Sexes channels.

Uri’s arrival at global comes as we welcome Moisés Naím as a contributing editor. Moisés, the editor in chief of Foreign Policy from 1996 to 2010, is the chief international columnist for El Pais and La Repubblica, Spain’s and Italy’s largest dailies, and the author of many books, including this year’s The End of PowerIn a 2013 survey conducted by Prospect magazineMoisés was named one of the world’s leading thinkers. We’re thrilled that he’ll be a regular contributor to the Global channel.

Uri’s experience, creativity, and determination, combined with contributions from Moisés and the rest of our far-flung network of correspondents, will ensure that The Atlantic’s global coverage remains urgent and vital to our readers.

Uri starts on November 4. Please welcome him, and congratulate Olga on her tenure as global editor and her new writing role.

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