David Rothkopf

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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.
 

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Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
AB, Columbia College of Columbia University

Photo Credit: Chris Leaman for Foreign Policy

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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).

  • Ahead of STEAM
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy April 29, 2016
    A Head of STEAM

    People need to invest in arts education, along with science and tech education.

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  • Pardon Our Election
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy April 11, 2016
    Pardon Our Election

    Foreign leaders must think the United States is now somehow locked in a pattern of swinging from one unprepared foreign policy wild card to another.

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  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy March 17, 2016
    The Secret Ingredient for Peace

    Great influence, as it turns out, emanates not from arsenals or banks, but rather, as it has since the dawn of time, from the human heart.

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  • What Is Scarier Than Donald Trump?
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy February 11, 2016
    What Is Scarier Than Donald Trump?

    People may laugh at Trump. But they cannot and must not laugh at what is fueling his candidacy.

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  • Davos Haters Gonna Hate, but It’s Not Going Anywhe
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy January 29, 2016
    Davos Haters Gonna Hate, but It’s Not Going Anywhere

    The reality of what transpires each year at Davos is actually not so simple.

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  • The End of an Era … for White Males
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy January 25, 2016
    The End of an Era … for White Males

    The status quo of the past several millennia is going to undergo a profound change.

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  • The Year The United States Elects Its First Woman
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy December 31, 2015
    The Year The United States Elects Its First Woman President

    It does not take an oracle to prognosticate that the U.S. election will be one of this coming year’s most important developments, or that Hillary Clinton is likely to win that election.

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  • The Making of the Modern Superheroine
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy December 10, 2015
    The Making of the Modern Superheroine

    Comic-book crusaders have nothing on the real-life women who changed the world in 2015.

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  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy December 2, 2015
    The Urgent vs. the Important

    Far too often, there is a great gap between what is really important in shaping global affairs and what is usually discussed.

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  • Our Reaction to Terrorism Is More Dangerous Than t
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy November 25, 2015
    Our Reaction to Terrorism Is More Dangerous Than the Terrorists

    From crazed demagogues like Donald Trump to uncoordinated, strategically incoherent, leaderless counterstrikes, the world is spiraling toward a riskier tomorrow.

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  • U.S. soldier in Afghanistan
    WAMU’s Diane Rehm Show October 19, 2015
    The Future of U.S. Policy in Afghanistan

    The announcement of the delayed U.S. and NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan comes during a time of uncertainty about the Taliban’s capabilities and the U.S. bombardment of a hospital in Kunduz.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.’

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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