David Rothkopf

Visiting Scholar
Rothkopf, author of the recent book Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government and the Reckoning that Lies Ahead, served as deputy undersecretary of commerce for international trade policy in the Clinton administration.
 

Education

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. His most recent book, Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government and the Reckoning that Lies Ahead, traces the changing relationship between public and private power and looks at the implications of the rise of great private actors and the weakening of many states.

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 Power, Inc., his most recent books include 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).

  • Other People's Armies
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy May 19, 2015
    Other People’s Armies

    Questions clearly remain about whether the Obama approach in the Middle East reflects applied wisdom or over-learned lessons.

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  • What Would Thomas Jefferson Do…With the CIA?
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy May 12, 2015
    What Would Thomas Jefferson Do…With the CIA?

    Since 1805, U.S. intelligence agencies have been taking out Middle Eastern enemies and failing to predict the next crisis. It may be time for an overhaul.

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  • The Amazing Decline of America’s Special Relations
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy May 8, 2015
    The Amazing Decline of America’s Special Relationships

    Both the recent Israeli and British elections suggest on several levels that America’s special relationships are in for a period of further decline.

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  • The Middle East’s Pivot to Asia
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy April 24, 2015
    The Middle East’s Pivot to Asia

    Allies and adversaries alike are “strategically rebalancing” away from the United States and toward China.

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  • Iran’s $300 Billion Shakedown
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy April 16, 2015
    Iran’s $300 Billion Shakedown

    Sanctions relief should be a reward for ending Iran’s nuke program. But the current deal is a massive payment to temporarily put it on hold.

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  • Hillary Clinton Is the Real Iran Snap-Back
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy April 9, 2015
    Hillary Clinton Is the Real Iran Snap-Back

    Whoever takes the White House in 2016 will determine the fate of Obama’s deal.

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  • A Time for Fist-Bumping
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy April 3, 2015
    A Time for Fist-Bumping

    The interim Iran nuclear deal is worth celebrating, but it’s just a small piece of a much bigger puzzle.

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  • Operation Charlie Foxtrot
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy March 27, 2015
    Operation Charlie Foxtrot

    The entire Middle East is at war right now, and the Obama administration’s strategic incoherence is aiding and abetting the chaos.

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  • Is a Nuclear Iran a Threat or a Distraction?
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy March 24, 2015
    Is a Nuclear Iran a Threat or a Distraction?

    The Obama administration’s focus on negotiations to stop Tehran’s nuke program overlooks the real problems in the Middle East.

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  • Objects on Your TV Screen Are Much Smaller Than Th
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy March 20, 2015
    Objects on Your TV Screen Are Much Smaller Than They Appear

    The squabble between Netanyahu and Obama represents small people with big egos and certainly not big ideas or solving problems.

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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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  • 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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  • CBS's Washington Unplugged July 10, 2009
    President Obama's "Honeymoon" Phase Over?

    After enjoying months of good press coverage, President Obama’s honeymoon finally came to an end in July of 2009. As Obama now faces a number of tough policy challenges, increased public scrutiny is not necessarily a bad thing.

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  • Wisconsin Public Radio's Conversations with Kathleen Dunn March 24, 2009
    Hope and Reality at the G20

    With 26 delegations and a daunting list of economic issues to address, next week’s G20 Summit is unlikely to accomplish as much as the world is hoping.

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