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The Washington Post begins global expansion of Opinions

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New European initiative is anchored by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum in London
Will feature contributions from top voices, perspectives in regional politics, policy and more
New columnist Josh Rogin to bolster foreign policy coverage from Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post introduces its new Global Opinions section which greatly expands The Post’s mix of viewpoints by adding contributing columnists and fresh voices from major regions across the world. The initiative first launches in Europe, where it will be anchored by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Anne Applebaum, intensifying The Post’s coverage of Europe and U.S.-European relations through expert commentary, editorials and op-eds from writers in the region as well as interviews with world leaders and first-person accounts from news-makers. Additional regions will roll out in the coming months. As The Post broadens its opinion content internationally, it also bolsters coverage of U.S. foreign policy in Washington, D.C. with the addition of columnist Josh Rogin who will anchor a heavily-reported opinion blog focusing on diplomacy and foreign affairs.

“At a time of unprecedented challenges in the international arena, and as a new U.S. president is chosen and charts a course in the world, The Post is strengthening its commitment to provide thought-provoking commentary across a broad ideological spectrum on war and peace, democracy and dictatorship, trade, migration and other global issues, beginning with Europe,” said Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor at The Washington Post. “At the heart of this initiative is our desire to tap into the debates and discussions happening in countries around the world and offer a variety of perspectives that explore how the international community views U.S. policy and how U.S. policymakers view the international landscape.”

In her role, Applebaum will write often as well as cultivate and grow The Post’s contributors in Europe, ensuring a wide-range of voices and perspectives are represented including heads of state, political leaders, policy experts and more. Applebaum is a columnist; author of several books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag: A History, and Director of the Transitions Forum at the London-based Legatum Institute.

Contributing columnists will include Sebastian Mallaby, Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of a forthcoming biography of Alan Greenspan; Carl Bildt, former prime minister of Sweden and eminent commentator on European affairs; Constanze Stelzenmüller, an expert on German, European and Transatlantic foreign and security policy who is the Robert Bosch senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former editor at Die Zeit; Michael McFaul, director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and former U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation; and Judy Dempsey, a veteran journalist based in Berlin, a senior associate of Carnegie Europe, and editor of the Strategic Europe blog.

Rogin brings a deep understanding of U.S. international relations. Since 2014, he worked as a columnist for Bloomberg View covering foreign policy and national security. Prior to that, he covered foreign policy for The Daily Beast, Newsweek, Foreign Policy magazine, Congressional Quarterly, and the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.

The Global Opinions initiative will complement the work of The Post’s existing roster of global affairs writers, including Jackson Diehl, Dan Drezner, Jim Hoagland, David Ignatius, Robert Kagan, Lally Weymouth, and Fareed Zakaria.

“The Washington Post is increasingly becoming essential reading for a broad global audience of policy makers and opinion leaders,” said Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., publisher of The Post. “This expansion will enable us to better reach those influential readers in Europe and will serve as a model for how we might approach similar audiences in other key regions.”

The Post has long invested in foreign coverage, with 22 correspondents working in 17 locations around the globe. In recent months, The Post has experimented with ways to engage international readers, including translating key political stories and foreign news into different languages and is exploring ways to create a more personal reading experience for users based on location.

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