David Rothkopf

Visiting Scholar
Rothkopf, author of the recent book National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear, served as deputy undersecretary of commerce for international trade policy in the Clinton administration.


Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
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David Rothkopf is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment as well as CEO and editor of Foreign Policy magazine. During his time at Carnegie, Rothkopf has written three books, published numerous articles on America’s role in the world, and directed the efforts of the Carnegie Economic Strategy Roundtable. 

In addition, he is president and CEO of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory firm specializing in emerging-markets investing and risk-management-related services. Previously, Rothkopf was founder, chairman, and CEO of Intellibridge, a firm offering open-source intelligence and advisory services on international issues, after serving for two years as managing director of Kissinger Associates.

Rothkopf served as deputy undersecretary of commerce for international trade policy in the Clinton administration. In this capacity, he played a central role in developing and directing the administration’s groundbreaking Big Emerging Markets Initiative. Rothkopf came to the government after founding and serving as chairman and CEO of International Media Partners, where he was editor and publisher of the CEO Magazine and Emerging Markets newspaper as well as chairman of the CEO Institute. He currently serves as chairman of the National Strategic Investment Dialogue and as a member of the advisory boards of the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Johns Hopkins/Bloomberg School of Public Health.

A prolific writer, Rothkopf is the author of more than 150 articles on international themes for publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, and Foreign Affairs. In addition to National Insecurity, his most recent books include Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government--and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012), Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008), and Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power (Public Affairs, 2005).

  • The E.R.: Decoding the Iran Deal
    Foreign Policy September 9, 2015
    The E.R.: Decoding the Iran Deal

    This podcast examines the key parts of the Iran deal and President Barack Obama’s foreign policy strategy in the Middle East.

  • How Fear Drives American Politics
    TED2015 March 16, 2015
    How Fear Drives American Politics

    Instead of looking to build the future, it sometimes feels like the U.S. political establishment happily retreats into fear and willful ignorance.

  • Radio New Zealand January 8, 2014
    Big Issues in 2014—Foreign Policy

    Growing instability in Iraq, coupled with the ongoing violence in Syria, could cause serious trouble for regional U.S. allies and even foreshadow a significant shift in the region.

  • CNN January 7, 2014
    Gates Criticizes Obama on Afghanistan

    Former defense secretary Robert Gates’ criticism of President Obama in his new memoir is not entirely surprising, since Gates was always seen as part of Obama’s ‘team of rivals.’

  • Protester
    CNN June 11, 2013
    How Should Washington Respond to Turkey?

    Following massive protests in Turkey and subsequent government backlash, Obama’s relationship with Prime Minister Erdogan has come into question.

  • Daily Ticker March 28, 2012
    Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government

    The balance between governments and corporations has been shifting over the last few hundred years in favor of corporate power. If Washington wishes to fix this balance, it may need to reform its elections and regulations.

  • CBS This Morning March 7, 2012
    The Power Shift From Public to Corporate

    The balance between governments and corporations has been shifting over the last few hundred years in favor of corporate power and the international community may need to strengthen global institutions to fix the balance.

  • CNBC February 14, 2011
    China's Now Asia's #1 Economy

    Although China is growing rapidly, it faces challenges from internal unrest and a lack of full integration into the global economy.

  • World Affairs Council November 5, 2010
    New Rules and New Systems: America in a New World Order

    As the world becoming increasingly multipolar and alternative centers of global power are arise, international institutions and rules will have to change to reflect the new global reality.

  • CNN January 15, 2010
    Haiti Aftermath

    Efforts to aid and rebuild Haiti are being impeded by a lack of infrastructure and a non-functioning government. This crisis provides an opportunity to create a model for how the international community can enable poor communities to survive natural disasters.

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