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Les Gelb, In Memoriam

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Last August, Leslie Gelb, the former diplomat, New York Times columnist, and influential foreign-policy thinker, passed away. Les had been on Democracy’s editorial board since its founding in 2007, and was a constant source of guidance and support. As the journal’s founder Andrei Cherny put it “He was not only a giant, he was a mensch.” In this collection of remembrances, Les’s students, friends, and colleagues explain who he was, and what lessons he can still teach us.

The Common-Sense Visionary

By Tony Blinken Dan Feldman

5 MIN READ

Iraq: Admitting a Mistake

By Heather Hurlburt Ethan Porter

3 MIN READ

Stage-Setting Power

By Anne-Marie Slaughter Darren Geist Jeanne-Paloma Zelmati

4 MIN READ

How to Use Economic Power

By Michael Froman Jonathan Hillman

3 MIN READ

Foreign Policy and the American Dream

By Jake Sullivan John Nelson

3 MIN READ

The Middle East: Finding Opportunities

By Leah Pisar Matt Spence

4 MIN READ

China: Heeding Les’s Principles

By Elizabeth Economy Adam Segal

4 MIN READ

Grappling with Cyber Threats

By Gordon M. Goldstein Lee Wolosky

3 MIN READ

The Grand-Theory Skeptic

By Rosa Brooks Suzanne Nossel

4 MIN READ

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The Editors of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas are Michael Tomasky (Editor), Jack Meserve (Managing Editor), and Sophia Crabbe-Field (Associate Editor).

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