Frederick Deknatel is the senior editor of World Politics Review. Prior to joining WPR, he was a staff editor at Foreign Affairs and, earlier, worked on the editorial staff of Rolling Stone and The Nation. His writing has appeared in The Nation, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and others. A former Fulbright fellow in Syria, he has an M.Phil. in modern Middle Eastern studies from Oxford University and a B.A. in history and Arabic from Vassar College.