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.


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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).

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    How Malala Can Help Defeat the Islamic State

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  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy October 9, 2014
    Shake It Up

    In the modern world there is no way to disconnect the United States from the world around us, nor is there any way to unlink economic outcomes from political or security outcomes.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy October 2, 2014
    Leave It to Hillary

    In all likelihood, President Hillary Clinton's first major foreign-policy challenge will be much like that which faced President Barack Obama -- cleaning up the messes of her predecessor and sending a message to the world that she will not make the same mistakes.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy September 25, 2014
    Bad Moon Rising

    This week’s conclave of world leaders in New York has presented two contrasting narratives for the Syria-Iraq war and the current moment of upheaval in the Middle East.

  • Marina Silva
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy September 19, 2014
    This Is What a Leader Looks Like

    Marina Silva, the woman who may be and should be Brazil’s next president, has in her life and her message something to offer everyone from the poorest, most disenfranchised citizen of a Middle Eastern autocracy to the president of the United States himself.

  • Obama address
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy September 11, 2014
    Obama and the Never-Ending War

    The well-intentioned instincts of Barack Obama have run up against the harsh, complex realities of a Middle East in which no conflict has only two sides or a good outcome that doesn’t create new risks.

  • Obama
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy September 9, 2014
    National Insecurity

    In seeking to sidestep the pitfalls that plagued Bush, Obama has inadvertently created his own.

  • Putin
    Op-Ed CNN September 5, 2014
    ‘The NATO Show’: Putin’s Favorite Comedy?

    Putin is a distraction with which NATO is ill-prepared to deal.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy September 4, 2014
    Running Toward the Danger

    Sotloff, Foley, and the doctors fighting Ebola are part of a vital breed of first responders demanded by a new global reality.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy August 26, 2014
    The U.S.-Israel Relationship Arrives at a Moment of Reckoning

    A talk with former U.S. Special Envoy Martin Indyk on Israel’s new allies, the Gaza blowup, and why Washington shrugged when the peace process collapsed.

  • 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
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    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

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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.

  • 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
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  • Wisconsin Public Radio's Conversations with Kathleen Dunn March 24, 2009
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    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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