Hello, I’m Zeeshan Aleem. I’m a journalist and this is a poorly maintained website where I jot down some notes between articles and occasionally link to the pieces I’m least ashamed of.
I’m a journalist who writes about politics, economics, and foreign policy. Currently, I’m a foreign affairs staff writer at Vox, where I cover foreign policy and international affairs through a primarily economic lens. Prior to that, I was a senior politics staff writer at Mic, where I wrote columns on public policy, covered the 2016 elections and interviewed leading political figures like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and acclaimed scholar Cornel West.
Before that, I 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, I was a co-columnist, foreign affairs blogger, and web producer at Politico, where I interviewed heads of state, broke news on congressional races and tracked the lobbying sector.
Some of my other experience includes launching new verticals for and writing for The Atlantic; editing a book that debuted at No. 1 on a New York Times 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.
My work has taken me around the world, and resulted in being tear-gassed, batoned, and spied upon across five continents. I’ve eaten at a North Korean government-run restaurant in Shanghai, squatted with environmental radicals in an abandoned school building in Copenhagen, and toured Mecca as an atheist.
My 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.
I’ve been a guest on programs on BBC, CBS, ABC, CUNY TV and HuffPost Live.
I was born in Washington, D.C. and educated at the Sidwell Friends School, George Washington University, Oxford University and the University of Chicago.