David Rothkopf

Visiting Scholar
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.

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

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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).

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