Jeffrey LewisSteve Coll to Lead New America Foundation

The New York Times has a nice write-up of New America’s upcoming leadership transition to Steve Coll, including a rather pleasant reference to my initiative on nuclear strategy and nonproliferation:

Steve Coll, whose résumé as a journalist includes two Pulitzer Prizes, a stint as managing editor of The Washington Post and a job as a staff writer at The New Yorker, is now ready to try his hand at something else: a Washington public policy institute.


After winning a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, From the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001,” he left the paper to write for The New Yorker, which he will continue to do. This new position, he said, will permit him to “preserve a little bit of my own life as author” and to collaborate with a group of “smart engaged people who are part of a conversation that I want to be a part of.”

That conversation includes issues like nonproliferation of nuclear weapons and policy initiatives in California (which Mr. Halstead refers to as a “laboratory of democracy”). “This is part of my own history,” said Mr. Coll, who attended Occidental College in Los Angeles and lived in that city after he graduated.