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
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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).

  • The Curse of the Obama Doctrine
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy September 3, 2015
    The Curse of the Obama Doctrine

    The Middle East is in a period of protracted crisis and instability, and the collateral damage and knock-on effects grow worse.

  • Welcome to Trumpmerica
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy August 27, 2015
    Welcome to Trumpmerica

    What would a United States under President Trump look like?

  • The Seven Ages of Presidents
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy August 24, 2015
    The Seven Ages of Presidents

    Legacies are not made during presidencies. They are made afterward, when the actions a president has taken are weighed against their historical consequences.

  • Does America Need New ‘Special Relationships’?
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy August 4, 2015 中文
    Does America Need New ‘Special Relationships’?

    The next president urgently needs to consider how to revitalize U.S. alliances worldwide.

  • Requiem for the Macrosaurus
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy July 27, 2015
    Requiem for the Macrosaurus

    Economists have made giant policy decisions that have affected the lives of billions, often while working behind closed doors with data and on strategies that few understand and fewer still believe in.

  • President Obama Is Wrong–The Iran Deal Is Transfor
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy July 20, 2015
    President Obama Is Wrong–The Iran Deal Is Transformational

    The biggest problem with Obama’s argument that the deal is not “transformational” is that the argument is wrong.

  • Why It’s Too Early to Tell How History Will Judge
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy July 14, 2015
    Why It’s Too Early to Tell How History Will Judge the Iran and Greece Deals

    Both the Iran and Greece deals were tough to hammer out, but the real test will be making them work.

  • If Only the World Could Fail Like Americans Do
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy July 6, 2015
    If Only the World Could Fail Like Americans Do

    Crises from the EU to China to the Middle East have the potential to force the kind of rethinking and growth that could, in the end, have lasting benefits for all those involved and for the world at large.

  • Obama Shows You Can Struggle at Foreign Policy and
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy June 29, 2015
    Obama Shows You Can Struggle at Foreign Policy and Still Succeed as President

    Even for those who have ended up often focused on the president’s shortcoming or missteps, the cumulative consequences of his successes offer more than just an uplifting counterpoint or considerable comfort. They offer an entirely different narrative.

  • Oren Agonistes
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy June 22, 2015
    Oren Agonistes

    Israel’s former ambassador to Washington has ignited a firestorm of controversy over his criticism of Barack Obama.

  • 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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