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 at large 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).

  • Netanyahu
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy September 18, 2012
    Bibi's Blunder

    Whatever U.S. lobby still exists for Israel, it neither lives up to its press clippings nor to what it may have been in the past.

  • Op-Ed CNN September 12, 2012
    Libya Killings Show U.S. at Risk in Arab World

    The murders of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three American diplomatic staffers in Benghazi underscore the profound fragility of U.S. relations in the region.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy September 10, 2012
    Bin There, Done That

    Osama bin Laden was mentioned 21 times during the nighttime speeches at the Democratic National Convention.

  • Op-Ed CNN September 6, 2012
    Bill Clinton, the Reverse Clint Eastwood?

    In his convention speech, Bill Clinton demonstrated why he has earned consideration as the most dominant American political figure of the past two decades.

  • Op-Ed Washington Post August 31, 2012
    The Bushies are Back, and Playing for Romney

    Fewer than four years after George W. Bush left office, his team members are back in high places, their reputation is being reconsidered, and the Bush name is regaining its old luster.

  • Paul Ryan
    Op-Ed CNN August 29, 2012
    GOP Speeches Bluster, Not Substance

    Amid the patriotic speeches of the Republican National Convention, key issues such as China-U.S. relations and the fiscal cliff have largely been ignored.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy August 27, 2012
    Beyond Belief

    The soaring optimism and grand vision John F. Kennedy sketched out when he set the goal of putting a man on the moon within a decade seems farther away from today's name-calling than the outer reaches of the solar system.

  • Op-Ed CNN August 16, 2012
    Paul Ryan: From 'It Boy' to Calamity

    Pundits cannot decide on the impact that Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is likely to have. Many originally described him as a a game changer, but are now calling him a liability.

  • Ahmadinejad
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy August 15, 2012
    The Drums of August

    It may well be that the absence of a central organizing principle for the Middle East is a greater threat to many countries, including Israel, than any specific threat currently in the headlines, including Iran's nuclear program.

  • President Barack Obama
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy August 13, 2012
    The November Surprise

    Despite campaign spending that could run into the billions, the United States may well see record-low voter turnout in November.

  • 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.

  • NPR's On Point December 10, 2008
    A Car Czar in Washington?

    As lawmakers appears to be finalizing a bailout package for the automobile industry, experts disagree over the prudence of this bailout. Many believe that the government should stick to what it has historically done best—regulating and adjusting incentives to guide industry—rather than attempting to invest in and manage the auto industry.

  • NPR's Talk of the Nation October 6, 2008
    Credit Crisis More Damaging Than September 11

    While the attacks of September 11, 2001 scarred the U.S. deeply, the current financial crisis may prove to have more lasting ramifications. Historians are more likely to see the economic crisis as a true global watershed: as the era of pure neoliberal economics abruptly ends, the U.S. must now decide whether to embrace a new American capitalism and accept greater government involvement.

  • NPR's All Things Considered October 1, 2008
    South America Watches As U.S. Alters Free-Market Tune

    As the U.S. government steps in to rescue the financial system, Latin American leaders are using the crisis to justify their own leftist policies, claiming the United States' free-market approach has collapsed. But some U.S. scholars see a middle ground; future regulation may help guide markets on the national and even the global stage, without completely departing from the free market system.

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