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Senior editor, "National Geographic"
Don Belt is National Geographic magazine's senior editor for foreign affairs. Since 1999, he has played a key role in shaping the magazine's coverage of topics including weapons of mass destruction, Islam and the West, turmoil in South Asia, and the making of the modern Middle East. He returned earlier this month from a reporting trip to Jordan, Israel, and Palestine, including a number of the places on the Pope's itinerary. Over the course of his 25-year career at National Geographic, he has lived with Bedouin in Jordan, truckers in India, tribesmen in Pakistan, sailors in Siberia, and flea-bitten fishermen on the Sea of Cortez.