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Zeeshan Aleem is an award-winning journalist who writes about politics, economics, and foreign policy. Currently, he’s a foreign affairs staff writer at Vox, where he covers foreign policy and international affairs through a primarily economic lens. Prior to that, he was a senior politics staff writer at Mic, where he covered national politics and public policy, and interviewed leading political figures like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and scholar Cornel West.

Before that, he served as a writer for Arianna Huffington, then editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, handling her public commentary on politics and international affairs. Earlier, he was a co-columnist, foreign affairs blogger, and web producer at Politico, where he interviewed heads of state, broke news on congressional races and tracked the lobbying sector.

Other experience includes launching new features for and writing for The Atlantic, editing a #1 NYT best-seller list, helping produce politics programs at BBC News, corresponding with constituents as an intern at the U.S. House of Representatives, and co-writing and directing a play at the Burton Taylor Studio in Oxford, England.

He has been tear-gassed, batoned, spied upon and assaulted on five continents, referred to as “blood lice” by the former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, and called a “liberal pinhead” by a man who went on to become Sen. Rand Paul’s communications director.

His work has been covered or cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, NBC News, CBS News, US News & World Report, Slate, New York Magazine, The New Republic, Vox, The Huffington Post, Politico, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, C-SPAN, Salon, The Hill, The Washington Times, Think Progress, books on politics such as Ben Little’s Politics for the Next Generation, political science curricula at American and European universities, and more.

He’s been a guest on programs on BBC, CBS, ABC, CUNY TV and HuffPost Live.

He was born in Washington, D.C. and was educated at Sidwell Friends School, George Washington University, Oxford University and the University of Chicago.