Markus Ziener is an author and professor of journalism at the University for Media, Communications and Economics (HMKW) in Berlin. Prior to that he was the head of the op-ed section of Handelsblatt, Germany's leading business daily. From 2006 to 2012 he was bureau chief of the Washington office of Handelsblatt. Before taking over the Washington office he served as an International Correspondent focusing on the Middle East. He covered the war in Iraq for Handelsblatt and was a frequent traveler to Afghanistan and Iran. Between 1999 and 2001 he had been the Foreign Editor at the Financial Times Deutschland. He also worked as a Correspondent in Moscow for Handelsblatt (1995-1999) and served as their Eastern European Correspondent. He holds a Doctorate in Politics from Humboldt University Berlin (Thesis: The Limits of Indebtedness: Financial Crisis and Reform in Poland) and graduated in Sociology and Economics (Thesis: Press and Re-education in the American Sector of Germany 1945-1949). As a fellow for the German Marshall Fund he also studied at Duke University in North Carolina.

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