Moisés Naím

Distinguished Fellow
International Economics Program
Naím is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where his research focuses on international economics and global politics. He is currently the chief international columnist for El País, Spain’s largest newspaper, and his weekly column is published worldwide.


PhD, MSc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


English; Italian; Spanish


Moisés Naím is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is also the chief international columnist for El País and La Repubblica, Spain’s and Italy’s largest dailies, a columnist in the Financial Times’s “A-List,” and a contributing editor to the Atlantic

His weekly columns are carried by all the leading newspapers in Latin America, and in 2011 he was awarded the Ortega y Gasset Prize, the most prestigious award in Spanish journalism. Naím is also the host and producer of Efecto Naím, a weekly television program on international affairs that airs throughout the Americas via DirecTV (NTN24) on Sunday nights.

Before joining Carnegie, Naím was the editor in chief of Foreign Policy for fourteen years. During his tenure, the magazine was relaunched and won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence three times. He is author of many scholarly articles and more than ten books on international economics and politics, including Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats Are Hijacking the Global Economy (2005) and The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be (2013).

Naím’s public service includes his tenure as Venezuela’s minister of trade and industry in the early 1990s, director of Venezuela’s Central Bank, and executive director of the World Bank. He was also a professor of business and economics and dean of IESA, Venezuela’s main business school. He is chairman of the board of the Group of Fifty as well as a member of the Boards of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy, International Crisis Group, and the Open Society Foundations.

  • Vladimir Putin's Ebbing Power
    Op-Ed Fortune March 26, 2015
    Vladimir Putin’s Ebbing Power

    The Russian president helped build his country’s aspirational middle class. It may ultimately be his undoing.

  • Op-Ed Atlantic February 16, 2015
    The Anti-Information Age

    The Internet’s promise of open access to independent and diverse sources of information is a reality mostly for the minority of humanity living in mature democracies.

  • 21st-Century Censorship
    Op-Ed Columbia Journalism Review January 5, 2015
    21st-Century Censorship

    Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media.

  • Op-Ed Atlantic December 18, 2014 中文
    The Cuba Deal: Why Now?

    The decision to restore diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba was driven by a surprising convergence of biology and technology.

  • Op-Ed New York Times December 17, 2014
    Energy Still Turns the Wheels of Geopolitics

    The world is about to discover that the substantial and totally unexpected drop in the price of crude oil may be as disruptive as the shock of oil price hikes in 1974.

  • Year in Crisis December 10, 2014 Русский 中文
    The World in 2015

    Our take on the year ahead.

  • ISIS, Ebola, and Putin: Old News?
    Op-Ed Atlantic December 6, 2014
    ISIS, Ebola, and Putin: Old News?

    The Ebola epidemic, ISIS’s ascent, and Vladimir Putin’s belligerence may be three of the most disruptive developments of 2014, but in 2015 they could all lose their potency.

  • Good Mexico vs. Bad Mexico
    Op-Ed Atlantic November 19, 2014
    Good Mexico vs. Bad Mexico

    It remains to be seen whether corruption and criminality will once again sabotage the reforms that Mexico so urgently needs.

  • Op-Ed Atlantic November 7, 2014
    What American Voters Have in Common With the Vietnamese

    In the coming years, U.S. politics will serve as a laboratory for testing the idea that governments and politicians can get away with ignoring the most deeply felt demands of their voters.

  • Op-Ed Atlantic October 14, 2014
    The World Is Full of Grain

    Agricultural production is at record levels—and that could make the planet less stable.

  • Basic Books March 5, 2013
    The End of Power

    Those in power today are more constrained in what they can do with it and more at risk of losing it than ever before.

  • New York October 10, 2006
    Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy

    From pirated movies to weapons of mass destruction, from human organs to endangered species, drugs or stolen art, Illicit reveals the inner workings of these amazingly efficient international organizations and shows why it is so hard—and so necessary—to contain them.

  • International Development Research Centre January 1, 2000
    Altered States: Globalization, Sovereignty, and Governance

    Gordon Smith and Moisés Naím provide practical recommendations for improved governance and for strengthening and reforming the United Nations. They explore the dynamics of globalization and discuss what makes today's globalization distinct.

  • Mexico 1994
    Washington January 1, 1998
    Mexico 1994: Anatomy of an Emerging-Market Crash

    This book offers in-depth analysis of long-term political and economic processes that set the stage for Mexico's peso crisis, and of specific actions in Mexico and abroad that prompted the crash and shaped its outcome.

  • Cover - Lessons of the Venezuelan Experience
    Woodrow Wilson Center Press November 1, 1994
    Lessons of the Venezuelan Experience

    Papers presented at an October 1992 conference form the basis of the chapters in this book, although some were commissioned after the conference. Topics include the decline of Venezuelan exceptionalism, political parties and the Democratic crisis, popular opinion, civil- military relations, the Venezuelan private sector, social policy, and constitutional reform.

  • Washington January 1, 1993
    Paper Tigers and Minotaurs: The Politics of Venezuela's Economic Reforms

    Weakened public institutions, military reform, and public opinion in the face of rapid change have opened the door for corruption, inequitable distribution of burdens, and political instability in South America. Countries in the region are facing painful and sometimes dangerous reform.

  • Moisés Naím Discusses the Week’s Top International
    NPR’s Diane Rehm Show March 6, 2015
    The Week’s Top International News Stories

    Moisés Naím discusses the international news stories of the week.

  • The End of Power: Why Being in Charge Isn't What i
    WNYC’s Takeaway January 16, 2015
    The End of Power: Why Being in Charge Isn’t What it Used to Be

    Power in the twenty-first century is a less concrete asset than it once was.

  • Mark Zuckerberg Book Club Pick Surprises Author Mo
    BloombergTV January 6, 2015
    Mark Zuckerberg Book Club Pick Surprises Author Moisés Naím

    Social media can both play a role in the dispersion of power and is itself a consequence of that dispersion.

  • End of the Cuba Embargo?
    WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show December 17, 2014
    End of the Cuba Embargo?

    The United States and Cuba have agreed to a prisoner swap that could signal the end of the embargo that dates to the Cold War.

  • Indian election
    NPR’s Diane Rehm Show May 16, 2014
    India’s Ruling Party Concedes Defeat

    India’s recent election was the longest and most expensive general election in the history of the country.

  • NYT Conferences June 20, 2013
    What Happened to Power?

    The “hyper-connecting” of the world has led to a profusion of people, countries, and institutions. However, this has come at the expense of those who held a high concentration of power.

  • VOA Press Conference June 12, 2013
    On Power and World Religions

    There are a number of obstacles facing major established religious institutions in today’s globalized world, where the number of smaller religious affiliations has proliferated.

  • NPR’s Diane Rehm Show May 28, 2013
    Democracy in Trouble

    With voter turnout decreasing and trust in politicians and public institutions eroding, a global disconnect is appearing in Europe, the United States, and many emerging democracies in and around the world.

  • NPR Diane Rehm Show May 3, 2013
    Obama in Mexico

    President Obama’s 72 hour visit to Latin America widely ignored the critical issues of drugs and immigration due to the delicate nature of U.S. negotiations on immigration as well as the security issues associated with the illicit drug trade.

  • President Obama
    PBS NewsHour April 11, 2013
    Tracing the History and Decline of Political Power

    Power is both harder to use and easier to lose than ever before.

  • October 22, 2014 Washington, DC
    Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism

    The entangled threat of crime, corruption, and terrorism remain important security challenges in the twenty-first century.

  • July 15, 2013 Washington, DC
    A Conversation on the Global Economy With Under Secretary Brainard

    Under Secretary for International Affairs Lael Brainard previewed the upcoming meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Russia. Brainard also discussed the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

  • The End of Power
    March 11, 2013 Washington, D.C.
    Book Launch: The End of Power

    Moisés Naím hosted a lively conversation about his new book with columnist Thomas Friedman and Carnegie's Jessica Mathews.

  • March 1, 2012 Washington, D.C.
    Senator Mark Warner on the Deficit

    The United States must find a way to reduce its more than $15 trillion debt and improve its long-term fiscal outlook.

  • November 9, 2011 Washington, D.C.
    The G20 and the Eurozone Crisis

    The key developments that come out of the G20 summit at Cannes could have a significant impact on the euro and the global economy.

  • June 7, 2011 Washington, D.C.
    Power Implications of the 21st Century Economy

    Within a generation, developing countries will likely account for six of the world’s seven largest economies and dominate world trade. How will this affect international relations and governance in the context of globalization?

  • May 24, 2011
    Can the World Afford a Middle Class?

    The Economist's Zanny Minton Beddoes hosted a panel discussion on whether the world can afford a middle class.

  • December 10, 2010 Washington, D.C.
    2011 Global Economic Outlook: The Euro Crisis, Currency Tensions, and Recovery

    As fears rise over currency clashes, policy makers must confront the challenges of a two-speed global economy where China and other emerging markets are surging ahead while Europe, the United States, and Japan face a number of serious economic concerns.

  • October 25, 2010 Brussels
    Scarcity and Foreign Policy

    The last decade has seen a marked change in both the scale of competition for resources and the interdependences this entails.

  • October 5, 2010 Washington, DC
    European Companies and the Great Recession: A View from the Trenches

    The Great Recession and European debt crisis have had a profound impact on Europe’s macroeconomy and its public sector.


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