Ty McCormick

Ty McCormick


Queen's University Belfast (QUB)

Foreign Affairs

Ty McCormick is in Hong Kong where he works as News Editor for Asia-Pacific at Agence France-Presse, the French news agency. Before that, he was the deputy web editor at Foreign Affairs, the magazine published by the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Prior to that, he was in Washington, DC working as the East Africa Analyst for Eurasia Group.

Ty worked for several years as Africa editor at Foreign Policy magazine and was based in Nairobi, Kenya. He coordinated the magazine’s coverage of the continent while also acting as its chief Africa correspondent. Assignments have taken him to Burundi to investigate extrajudicial killings, to the Central African Republic to interview opposing rebel leaders, and to south-central Somalia to embed with African Union forces battling al-Shabab. He has reported from more than a dozen countries in Africa and the Middle East , including Egypt, Lebanon, South Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ty credits his Mitchell Year at Queen’s University Belfast as being hugely beneficial to his career. In addition to the insightful coursework he undertook at QUB, he was also given the opportunity to research and write a dissertation on the failure of the massive international state building project in South Sudan — a project that drew on his reporting on that country’s civil war.

A 2015 Mitchell Scholar, Ty received his MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict at Queen’s University Belfast. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford and a master’s from Oxford where he was a Clarendon Scholar.

Ty obtained his undergraduate degree from Stanford.