New York Times adds members to editorial board as new international edition nears

Mira Kamdar and Masaru Tamamoto have joined The New York Times’ editorial board part-time, a memo from Andy Rosenthal, Terry Tang, Trish Hall and Sewell Chan told staffers Tuesday morning. They join the Times as it prepares to rename the International Herald Tribune as The International New York Times. The renamed paper will launch Tuesday, Oct. 15.

The memo also lists some contributors whom the Times announced yesterday would contribute to the INYT, including former Le Monde Editor-in-Chief Sylvie Kauffmann and the Israeli writer Shmuel Rosner.

Serge Schmemann, who edited the Herald Tribune’s editorial page, “will bring his many years of experience as a correspondent and editor to writing for the opinion pages,” the memo, reproduced below, says.

International Opinion Expansion

We’re very happy to announce an important expansion of the Editorial Department’s opinion offerings, to coincide with the IHT’s reincarnation as the International New York Times next week.

Two writers have joined The Times’s editorial board as part-time members: Mira Kamdar, based in Paris, and Masaru Tamamoto, based in Yokohama, Japan. Ms. Kamdar is a faculty member of the École de Journalisme at Sciences Po and the author of “Planet India: The Turbulent Rise of the Largest Democracy.” Mr. Tamamoto has been a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute, a research associate at Cambridge University and a MacArthur Foundation fellow in international peace and security at Princeton University.

On the Op-Ed side, a roster of more than two dozen opinion contributors will write monthly columns from around the world. They include:

• Mustafa Akyol, a Turkish columnist and the author of “Islam Without Extremes.”

• Matthew d’Ancona, a political columnist for The Sunday Telegraph, The Evening Standard and the British edition of GQ, and a former editor of The Spectator, the conservative political magazine.

• Alaa Al Aswany, an Egyptian writer and the author of the best-selling novel “The Yacoubian Building” and “On the State of Egypt: What Made the Revolution Inevitable.”

• Tahmima Anam, a Bangladeshi writer, columnist and anthropologist and the author of the novel “A Golden Age.”

• Julia Baird, an Australian journalist and broadcaster.

• Vanessa Barbara, a Brazilian novelist, editor of the literary Web site A Hortaliça, and columnist for the newspaper Folha de São Paulo.

• Jochen Bittner, a German journalist and the political editor of the weekly newspaper Die Zeit.

• Pamela Druckerman, an American journalist in Paris and the author of the best seller “Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.”

• Ali Jarbawi, a political scientist at Birzeit University and a former minister of planning, and minister of higher education, for the Palestinian National Authority.

• Sylvie Kauffmann, a French journalist and the editorial director and former editor in chief of Le Monde.

• Norihiro Kato, a Japanese literary scholar and a professor at Waseda University.

• Young-ha Kim, a Korean novelist and the author of “I Have the Right to Destroy Myself,” “Your Republic Is Calling You” and “Black Flower.”

• Nikos Konstandaras, the managing editor and a columnist at the Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini.

• Enrique Krauze, a Mexican historian, the director of the literary magazine Letras Libres and the author of “Redeemers: Ideas and Power in Latin America.”

• Adewale Maja-Pearce, a Nigerian writer and the author of “Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa, and Other Essays.”

• Kenan Malik, a British author, broadcaster and science journalist.

• Pratap Bhanu Mehta, an Indian political theorist and the president of the Center for Policy Research, a think tank.

• T. O. Molefe, a South African essayist who is writing a book on post-apartheid race relations.

• Murong Xuecun, a Chinese novelist and blogger and the author of “Leave Me Alone: A Novel of Chengdu.”

• Murithi Mutiga, a Kenyan journalist and editor at the Nation Media Group, in Nairobi.

• Vali R. Nasr, an Iranian-American political scientist and the dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

• Shmuel Rosner, an Israeli columnist and former Haaretz correspondent.

• Nilanjana S. Roy, an Indian journalist and critic and the author of the novel “The Wildings.”

• Beppe Severgnini, an Italian columnist at the daily newspaper Corriere della Serra.

• Bina Shah, a Pakistani columnist and the author of several novels and story collections.

• Slawomir Sierakowski, a Polish sociologist and political activist.

• Maxim Trudolyubov, a Russian journalist and the opinion page editor of the business newspaper Vedomosti.

• Clemens Wergin, a German journalist and the foreign editor of the newspaper group Die Welt.

• Yu Hua, a Chinese writer and the author of “To Live” and “China in Ten Words.”

The new editorials and Op-Ed contributions will join the distinctive opinion features to which our international readers are accustomed, including Roger Cohen’s columns and Patrick Chappatte’s twice-weekly cartoons. Finally, Serge Schmemann, whose distinguished run as the IHT editorial page editor since 2003 comes to an end next week, will bring his many years of experience as a correspondent and editor to writing for the opinion pages.

Stay tuned for more news about the opinion expansion in the weeks ahead.

Andy, Terry, Trish and Sewell

Correction: This post originally said The International New York Times will launch Oct. 14; it will launch Oct. 15.

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  • danbloom

    NYT did not invite oped writers from Taiwan but two from communist China?