Moisés Naím

Senior Associate
International Economics Program
Naím is a senior associate in Carnegie’s International Economics Program, 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 senior associate in the International Economics Program 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.

  • Protesters
    Op-Ed Atlantic April 7, 2014
    Why Street Protests Don’t Work

    Behind street demonstrations there is rarely an organization capable of following up on protesters’ demands and undertaking the complex political work that produces real change in government.

  • Op-Ed Atlantic March 14, 2014
    The (Fake) Conspiracy to Overthrow the World’s Autocrats

    Many of the world’s autocrats believe there is a vast international conspiracy underway to destabilize their governments and eventually oust them from power.

  • The Tragedy of Venezuela
    Op-Ed Atlantic February 25, 2014
    The Tragedy of Venezuela

    Venezuela is the world capital of inflation, homicide, and scarcity. And half the population is no longer willing to tolerate it.

  • Op-Ed Atlantic February 17, 2014
    The Most Important Alliance You’ve Never Heard Of

    Four nations in Latin America are developing an initiative that could add new dynamism to the region, redraw its economic map, and boost its connections with the rest of the world—especially Asia.

  • Op-Ed Atlantic February 5, 2014
    Emerging Markets Are Crashing: Should We Be Worried?

    A trifecta of forces is currently driving the emerging-market crisis and it is too soon to tell if the contagion in emerging markets will spread to their richer counterparts.

  • Moroccan slum
    Op-Ed Atlantic January 29, 2014
    What Comes After the Greatest Anti-Poverty Campaign in History?

    Containing—or reversing—economic inequality and unemployment will require a protracted and highly targeted effort, one similar to the campaign launched by the adoption of the Millennium Declaration.

  • Op-Ed Atlantic December 17, 2013
    The Most Notable Global Stories of 2013

    Here are the stories from 2013 that will reshape the world long after this year draws to a close.

  • Op-Ed Atlantic December 3, 2013
    The Case for Giving Iran’s Scholar-Diplomats a Chance

    The big strategic question is whether testing Iran’s intentions through negotiations is riskier than continuing to sanction and threaten to bomb it.

  • Op-Ed Atlantic November 29, 2013
    Are Europeans Giving Up on Europe?

    Europe needs to once again seduce the millions of Europeans who no longer believe that the project of building a more united continent will directly benefit them and their families.

  • Op-Ed Atlantic November 18, 2013
    The Commodities Supercycle and Your Grocery Bill

    Commodity prices and their variations will continue to be surprisingly volatile and have an immense impact on the world’s distribution of power and prosperity.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PBS NewsHour April 11, 2013
    Kim Jong Un’s Troubles

    Kim Jong Un’s challenge is to hold power in a world where democracies seem to be overtaking autocracies.

  • WNYC Brian Lehrer Show April 8, 2013
    Power: Not What It Used to Be

    In almost every realm, micro-powers are challenging the grip of old entrenched powers.

  • Yahoo's Daily Ticker March 28, 2013
    Being In Charge Ain’t What It Used to Be

    Although the change in power dynamics has led to increased competition and advanced opportunities for voters, citizens, workers, and entrepreneurs, it is also tied to the political gridlock taking place around the world.

  • BBC World News America March 26, 2013
    Power Outage

    Power has become more fleeting and transient, with a number of different kinds of constraints limiting the abilities of those in power, whether countries, corporations, churches, or armies.

  • MSNBC Morning Joe March 19, 2013
    Changing the Cauldrons of Power

    The decline of political and corporate power has been observed over the last two decades. Although there is much to celebrate, there is also cause for concern over the ability to push through an agenda and make decisions in a timely manner.


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