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.


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. 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).

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy February 6, 2015
    Rice Pudding

    President Obama’s new national security strategy is many things but a strategy isn’t one of them.

  • Is Unrestricted Internet Access a Modern Human Rig
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy February 2, 2015
    Is Unrestricted Internet Access a Modern Human Right?

    Technology has left modern constitutions out of date. It is time for a reboot.

  • Obama’s Pivot to Iran
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy January 29, 2015
    Obama’s Pivot to Iran

    President Obama’s big legacy could be seen as empowering Tehran.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy January 22, 2015
    Still Waiting for Davos Woman

    The Davos Alpine retreat is both absurd and worthy-but it cannot achieve its goals as long as it is primarily a guy thing.

  • ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Is Not a Photo-Op
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy January 14, 2015
    ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Is Not a Photo-Op

    The Paris attacks signal an opportunity and an urgent reason to find a more effective way to combat terror.

  • The Front Line Within
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy January 7, 2015
    The Front Line Within

    The ‘Charlie Hebdo’ attack is a reminder that it is people’s response to extremist violence that determines its success or failure.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy December 31, 2014
    The Foreign Policy Story of the Year

    It is arguable that the United States has never faced fewer major rivals—rivals capable of existential threats or forcing strategic realignment—and, even among those atop that list, it is clear their intentions are not likely to manifest themselves in the form of conflict or attack in the near future.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy December 22, 2014
    The Sony Hack Is Not ‘Cybervandalism’

    Why the United States needs a broad, new strategy to prepare for—and defend against—the next generation of online warfare.

  • Soldiers for Ignorance
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy December 16, 2014
    Soldiers for Ignorance

    While the attacks in Pakistan and Yemen may have been attempts to forestall the future, they are also foreshadowings of some of the likely big stories that may dominate the global scene in 2015.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy December 9, 2014
    Coming Clean, With Bloodstained Hands

    Why the release of the damning, horrific Senate torture report could be a bright spot for American democracy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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