Steven Craig Clemons (born 1962) is an American journalist and blogger. He was appointed Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic and editor-in-chief of AtlanticLIVE, the magazine's live events series, in May 2011.[2] Clemons also serves as editor-at-large[3] of Quartz, a digital financial publication owned by Atlantic Media.

Clemons also publishes the political blog, The Washington Note. He is a former staff member of Senator Jeff Bingaman. Clemons is also Director of the at the New America Foundation where he previously served as Executive Vice President, and the former director of the Japan Policy Research Institute [4] which he co-founded[5] with Chalmers Johnson. The New America Foundation has been described as radical centrist in orientation, and Clemons characterizes himself as a "progressive realist".[6]


Clemons is the former executive vice president of Economic Strategy Institute, former executive director of the Nixon Center for Peace and Freedom (now the Center for the National Interest), and served as Senator Jeff Bingaman's Senior Policy Advisor on Economic and International Affairs.[8] He has also served on the advisory board to the Center for U.S.-Japan Relations at the RAND Corporation. Earlier in his career, Clemons was the executive director of the Japan America Society of Southern California from 1987 to 1994.[2]

In 1993, Clemons was the technical advisor for the film Rising Sun, which starred Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes. Clemons also had a role as a talk show host.[2] He also had a role in the film State of Play, starring Ben Affleck.[2]

Clemons also serves on the Board of Advisors of the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience[2] at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and the Clarke Center[2] at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.


Clemons is perhaps best known for his blog The Washington Note,[2] a blog that focuses on foreign policy issues, as well as general US policy debates. In 2010, TIME Magazine selected Clemons' blog as one of TIME's Best Blogs of the year.[2]

His articles have appeared in blogs such as The Huffington Post,[2] and Daily Kos,[2] as well as major publications around the country.