TNR’s Scoblic Heads to Senate Foreign Relations Committee « The Washington Independent
Peter Scoblic, the executive editor of the New Republic magazine, will soon become a senior policy adviser on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Scoblic’s a nuclear weapons expert — he came to TNR seven years ago from Arms Control Today and wrote an excellent book, U.S. vs. Them, tracing the history of nuclear weapons policy in post-World War II ideological debates. Accordingly, his first big job is helping the Senate ratify the New START nuke-reduction treaty with Russia, although his portfolio will extend to security issues beyond just nuclear weapons.
Full disclosure: I worked for Scoblic for a bunch of years at the magazine, and while saying this now represents a conflict of interest, his arrival on the committee staff will be very welcome news for arms controllers and very unwelcome news for opponents. Should the committee chairman, John Kerry (D-Mass.), end up succeeding Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state, it wouldn’t be surprising if Scoblic helped negotiate the next arms-reduction treaty after New START.