Jonathan Tepperman NYT Op-Ed

Canada’s Ruthlessly Smart Immigration Policy

New York Times,
June 28, 2017
During a speech in Iowa last week, in the middle of his red-meat calls for a border wall and tougher immigration enforcement, President Trump called for something decidedly less sanguinary: “a total rewrite of our immigration system into a merit-based system.” This is one of the few consistent positions the president has held while in...
Jonathan Tepperman in The Walrus, "An Eye for Talent"

Eye for Talent

The Walrus,
October 18, 2016
Jonathan Tepperman, the Canadian-born managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine, has spent years travelling the world and studying the policies that have helped some countries succeed while others remain mired in poverty and rancour. In his acclaimed new book, The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline, Tepperman summarizes his findings,...
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How Mexico’s President May Have Rescued His Country

Washington Post,
October 14, 2016
Back in 2012, Mexico was a mess, seemingly stuck in a death-cycle of dysfunction that looked even worse than the one gripping Washington today. The country’s Congress was deadlocked, and its many problems were spinning out of control. Since 2006, the war on drugs had claimed 60,000 lives. Life expectancy was the lowest among nations...
How Canada Got Immigration Right by Jonathan Tepperman

How Canada Got Immigration Right

Wall Street Journal,
September 16, 2016
Ever since the start of this bizarre presidential campaign, Donald Trump has ensured that most discussions of immigration focus on Mexico and Mexicans. But his noxious rhetoric has obscured the fact that illegal border crossings are just part of the problem. The U.S. system for legal immigration also badly needs reform—and here the answers lie...
Anger and Hope: A Conversation With Tzipi Livni by Jonathan Tepperman

Anger and Hope: A Conversation With Tzipi Livni

Foreign Affairs,
June 8, 2016
Tzipi Livni has been called the most powerful woman in Israel since Golda Meir. Born to a prominent right-wing family, Livni spent several years working for the Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence service, before entering politics. In the decades since, she has held eight different cabinet posts—including minister of justice and minister of foreign affairs—and undergone...
Ministering Justice: A Conversation With Ayelet Shaked by Jonathan Tepperman

Ministering Justice: A Conversation With Ayelet Shaked

Foreign Affairs,
June 8, 2016
Ayelet Shaked is a relative new­comer to Israeli politics. Shaked, 40, served as Benjamin Netanyahu’s office manager before breaking with the prime minister and joining Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party in 2012 and then winning election to the Knesset in 2013. Following the 2015 election, Shaked was named Israel’s minister of justice. Since then, she...
Ruth Porat

The Good News from Google: A Conversation with Ruth Porat

Foreign Affairs,
March 1, 2016
Ruth Porat has taken an unusual path to the tech world. Before becoming the chief financial officer at Google in May 2015 (and then at Alphabet, Google’s new parent company, a few months later), she held the same post at Morgan Stanley, where among other roles she worked closely with the U.S. government to sort...
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How to Survive Slow Growth: What’s Inside

Foreign Affairs,
March 1, 2016
The first decade of the twenty-first century was a time of unprecedented economic growth. The rich world got richer, and the developing world raced ahead: by 2007, the emerging-market growth rate had hit 8.7 percent, and economists began to speak of “convergence,” when the impoverished “rest” would finally catch up to the West. Then came...
Jonathan Tepperman writing on Brazil

Brazil’s Antipoverty Breakthrough: The Surprising Success of Bolsa Família

Foreign Affairs,
January 1, 2016
In recent years, as public anxiety over growing inequality has intensified, policymakers and academics have started scrambling for some increasingly extreme solutions. India, for example, has launched massive programs to provide the poor with food and jobs, and the French economist Thomas Piketty has famously proposed a redistributive global wealth tax. But there are big...
The Scholar as Secretary by Jonathan Tepperman

The Scholar as Secretary: A Conversation with Ashton Carter

Foreign Affairs,
September 1, 2015
Ashton Carter has an unusual background for a secretary of defense. Before assuming the United States’ top military post in February, he studied medieval history and particle physics as an undergraduate at Yale, got a Ph.D. in physics as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford, and taught international affairs at Harvard. He also served as an...