James Hoge, editor of Foreign Affairs magazine, spoke on "The Changing International Order and Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy" to kick off the fourthannual Harry and Berniece Gockel International Symposium at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 in Taylor Auditorium.
Foreign Affairs, which publishes six 200-page issues each year, boasts a readership of more than 200,000. Television news anchor Tom Brokaw says he can't imagine doing his job without the help of the magazine, and Jim Lehrer says it has "no peer in the field." Diane Sawyer says Foreign Affairs is "more than a magazine - it is a genuine public service." "International politics and economics are intertwined as never before," Hoge says. "With every ripple sending shock waves to business and governments, it has never been more important to navigate the currents of international affairs.
"The West is experiencing slow growth and widening inequality. Powerful fundamentalist forces press against shaky new regimes, while other countries lurch painfully toward democratization and liberalization. Among the challenges in Asia is to help China develop common paths with us and other nations. Our failure may well put us on the path to confrontation."
Hoge has spent more than three decades in daily journalism, covering national and international news and political events all over the world. During the 1960s, he covered Congress and the White House for The Chicago Sun Times, where he went on to serve as editor from 1968 to 1976. Under his leadership, The Sun Times garnered six Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence. In 1984, Hoge moved to New York as president and publisher of The Daily News - adding yet another Pulitzer Prize to his list of awards.
Hoge received his first close-up view of American foreign policy in 1962 as a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association. Later, during his years in Chicago, he was chairman of the Adlai E. Stevenson Institute of International Affairs, vice chairman of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, a director of the U.S./South African Leadership Exchange Program, and a member of the Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission.
His work has been featured in a variety of magazines, including The New Republic, Nieman Reports, The American Society of Newspaper Editors Bulletin, and The Freedom Forum Media Studies Journal. From 1982 to 1991, he served as a member of the Pulitzer Prize board, becoming chairman in his final year.
Hoge currently holds memberships to the Council on Foreign Relations (where he served as past director), the American Council on Germany, the Overseas Development Council, and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. He also serves as a board member to the Center for Foreign Journalists as well as the Foundation for Civil Society.
Hoge graduated from Yale University in 1958 with a degree in political science and received a graduate degree in European and American history from the University of Chicago in 1961. In 1980, he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration.
Hoge, the father of three, lives in New York City.