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).

  • Stock exchange
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy April 2, 2014
    Moneyball and McCutcheon

    The next presidential election will inevitably become the most high-spending free-for-all in American electoral history.

  • President Obama
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy March 3, 2014
    A World Without Consequences

    America’s recent foreign-policy actions, or rather its relative inaction and fecklessness, have sent a message to the world that there are no political consequences.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy February 11, 2014
    Any Way the Wind Blows

    Leaders are supposed to have principles, standards, and processes by which critical security decisions are developed that enable them to protect U.S. interests by keeping those decisions on the down low, rather than opening them up to public polling.

  • Op-Ed CNN February 5, 2014
    After Year One, John Kerry’s a Surprise Success

    While Kerry has had a remarkable year and has been an invaluable asset for the United States, he and his team know well that their toughest work lies ahead.

  • President Obama
    Op-Ed Foreign Policy January 17, 2014
    From Messiah to Mediocrity

    Obama didn’t change the government as he was elected to do, he was changed by it.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy December 31, 2013
    The Year America’s Post-9/11 Foreign Policy Failed

    2014 promises to be an extremely active year for foreign policy news.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy December 24, 2013
    The 2013 Top Ten List of Gifts (and Lumps of Coal) for World Leaders

    What gifts might world leaders be hoping for this Christmas season?

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy December 18, 2013
    It’s Not About Snowden—It’s About Madison

    The Obama administration should accelerate its efforts to rein in the NSA as well as its overreaching and damaging international surveillance.

  • Op-Ed CNN December 6, 2013
    Mandela Was Avatar of Upending World

    Mandela was the avatar of an era that reminded the world that history is made by men and women of courage and that it can dismiss in the blinking of an eye all that seems unchanging.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy November 25, 2013
    Why Hawks Should Love the Iran Deal

    The existence of this six-month deal creates a very clear deadline by which Iran must commit to steps that will demonstrably end its efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

  • 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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