NEW YORK, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Fareed Zakaria, the managing editor of Foreign Affairs and a Newsweek contributing editor, was named editor of Newsweek International, it was announced today by Chairman and Editor-In-Chief Richard M. Smith and Editor Mark Whitaker. Based in New York, Zakaria will report to Whitaker. He will join the magazine in January following the completion of a book project. As editor of Newsweek International, Zakaria will be responsible for the content and direction of Newsweek's overseas editions. In addition to guiding Newsweek International, Zakaria will write a regular column for Newsweek and will appear on an occasional basis in The Washington Post. In making the announcement, Smith said: "Fareed is a brilliant young writer and editor. Working with our new international editing team and our world-class foreign correspondents, he will bring an inspiring vision and heightened impact to Newsweek International and our global coverage." Whitaker said: "I couldn't be more thrilled that Fareed is joining the 'Flying Wallendas,' as we like to call our top-editing team. He's not only an exceptional writer and thinker, but a dynamic editor who will make Newsweek International stand out in the increasingly competitive international marketplace and help bring an even sharper edge to the domestic magazine's coverage of foreign affairs." "In a world of 24-hour news, as daily newspapers have become magazines, the weekly magazine must go further, providing richer reporting and deeper analysis," Zakaria said. "Newsweek and Newsweek International are already far along the path. I hope to push the magazine in new directions while maintaining the high standards for which it is known around the world. Newsweek International is already a great magazine. I intend that it will get better." Named "one of the 21 most important people of the 21st Century" by Esquire magazine in 1999, Zakaria has been the managing editor of Foreign Affairs, the most widely circulated journal on international politics and economics in the world, since 1993. He has been a contributing editor at Newsweek since 1996, where he has written columns addressing a wide range of world affairs. His first column, "Thank Goodness for a Villain" (Sept. 16, 1996), was a provocative piece discussing why America needed Saddam Hussein in order to sustain American policy in the Middle East. Prior to joining Foreign Affairs, Zakaria ran the "Project on the Changing Security Environment and American National Interests" at Harvard University, where he also taught international relations and political philosophy. A frequent lecturer and author, he has written regularly for the op-ed page of The New York Times, and frequently for such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The New Republic, where he also worked for a time, International Security and the Webzines Slate and Intellectual Security. He is the author of "From Wealth to Power: The Unusual Origins of America's World Role" (Princeton University Press) and coeditor of "The American Encounter: The United States and the Making of the Modern World" (Basic Books). He shared an Overseas Press Club Award with a Newsweek reporting team and was nominated for a National Magazine Award. Zakaria, 36, received a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. He lives in New York City with his wife and son. Newsweek International has a global audience of approximately 3.5 million. Newsweek International's three English-language editions include: Atlantic (distributed throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa), Asia and Latin America. Newsweek is also the only American news magazine with a number of foreign-language editions. Under the direction of Assistant Managing Editor Ron Javers, Newsweek is published in Japanese (Newsweek Nihon Ban) and Korean (Newsweek Hankuk Pan) and also has a copublishing venture in Australia with The Bulletin With Newsweek, a weekly magazine, as well as other ventures including Itogi, a Russian-language magazine, Newsweek En Espanol and Newsweek In Arabic (Newsweek Bil Logha Al-Arabia). Strasser and Hirsh Named to Editor Posts In other announcements made by Smith and Whitaker, National Affairs Editor Steve Strasser was named Managing Editor of Newsweek International and Senior Editor/Diplomatic Correspondent Michael Hirsh was named Foreign Editor of the U.S. edition. A 23-year veteran of Newsweek, Strasser has held the post of National Affairs Editor since May 1999. He had been Asia editor since January 1996, based in Hong Kong, where he coordinated coverage of the region and edited the Asia section of Newsweek International. Prior to that position, he served as Hong Kong bureau chief and Asia regional editor between August 1992 and December 1996. Previously, he held various writing and editing positions in New York and served as Moscow correspondent from May 1985 to August 1988. Strasser shared the 1982 Overseas Press Club Award for Mideast stories, the 1989 Overseas Press Club Award for Moscow summit coverage and the 1997 Overseas Press Club Award for coverage of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule. Strasser reported and co-wrote "The Chernobyl Syndrome" cover story (May 12, 1986), which won the National Headliner Award for outstanding coverage of a major news event. Strasser received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Nebraska and a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Strasser and his wife, Joyce Barnathan, assisting managing editor at BusinessWeek, have two sons and a daughter. In December 1999, Michael Hirsh was named Senior Editor/Diplomatic Correspondent based in Washington D.C. He returns to New York in January to assume his new role as Foreign Editor. As diplomatic correspondent, a post he held since September 1998, Hirsh covered foreign policy, the State Department and the Treasury. He moved to the D.C. bureau in May 1997, previously serving as a senior editor of Newsweek International, covering the same beat. In December 1999, Hirsh was managing editor for the Newsweek International special edition "ISSUES 2000," which examined the global economy in the new century. Hirsh joined Newsweek in October 1994 as a New York-based senior writer. In 1997, Hirsh received the Deadline Club Award for investigative reporting on his expose of abusive practices by the Internal Revenue Service. He was also one of five finalists for a 1994 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism for his article, "China's Financial Revolutionaries," a profile of the new generation of mainland Chinese businessmen who are striving to build a capitalist financial system from scratch. Hirsh graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University in 1979 with a B.A. in philosophy. He also holds a graduate degree from Columbia University in international and public affairs.