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.

  • What Pope Francis and Xi Jinping Have in Common
    Op-Ed Atlantic October 1, 2015
    What Pope Francis and Xi Jinping Have in Common

    The Catholic and Chinese leaders face the same question: How to lead a billion people in today’s world?

  • The Charades of Donald Trump and Alexis Tsipras
    Op-Ed Atlantic July 23, 2015
    The Charades of Donald Trump and Alexis Tsipras

    Tsipras and Trump are at the center of two critical questions facing humanity today: how to rescue crashing economies and how to manage immigration flows.

  • True or False
    Op-Ed About Oil July 10, 2015
    True or False

    Is OPEC an endangered species condemned to disappear?

  • The Clash Within Civilizations
    Op-Ed Atlantic July 1, 2015
    The Clash Within Civilizations

    From the self-proclaimed Islamic State to Dylann Roof, internal struggles are the dominant theme in conflict today.

  • Why Cyber War Is Dangerous for Democracies
    Op-Ed Atlantic June 25, 2015
    Why Cyber War Is Dangerous for Democracies

    The most worrying form of government spying isn’t the kind Edward Snowden exposed.

  • Op-Ed Atlantic June 4, 2015
    What FIFA and the Berlin Philharmonic Reveal About Power

    Many leaders seem oblivious to the urgent need to change their ways and those of their organizations in order to retain power.

  • America’s Self-Inflicted Wounds
    Op-Ed Atlantic May 20, 2015
    America’s Self-Inflicted Wounds

    Political dysfunction is doing serious damage to U.S. economic power.

  • Economists Still Think Economics Is the Best
    Op-Ed Atlantic April 14, 2015
    Economists Still Think Economics Is the Best

    Despite failing to foresee the largest financial crisis since the Great Depression, leaders in the field still fail to look for wisdom beyond economy’s bounds.

  • The Lagarde Consensus
    Op-Ed Atlantic April 12, 2015
    The Lagarde Consensus

    International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde discusses the global economy’s “new mediocre”—and why women are better leaders than men.

  • The Summit of Lies
    Op-Ed Atlantic April 9, 2015
    The Summit of Lies

    As Latin American leaders gather in Panama, Venezuela is blaming all its problems on the United States.

  • 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.

  • International News Roundup- Refugees, Xi Jinping,
    NPR’s Diane Rehm Show September 25, 2015
    International News Roundup: Refugees, Xi Jinping, and Volkswagen

    An analysis of the week’s top international news stories.

  • Questions Over Iran Details Remain
    NPR’s Diane Rehm Show April 3, 2015
    Questions Over Iran Details Remain

    A roundup of international news including the Iran Deal, the Germanwings crash, and the Al-Shabab attacks in Kenya.

  • 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.

  • September 24, 2015 Washington, DC
    Searching for Answers to Troubled Democratic Transitions

    Can today’s leaders draw on lessons from successful experiences of democratization in previous decades to overcome transitional traps and other failures of democracy?

  • 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.


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