Jessica Tuchman Mathews

President
Mathews is president of the Carnegie Endowment. Before her appointment in 1997, her career included posts in both the executive and legislative branches of government, in management and research in the nonprofit arena, and in journalism and science policy.
 

Education

PhD, California Institute of Technology
AB, Radcliffe College

Languages

English

 

Jessica Tuchman Mathews is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the global think tank with offices in Washington, DC, Moscow, Beijing, Brussels, and Beirut. Before her appointment in 1997, her career included posts in both the executive and legislative branches of government, in management and research in the nonprofit arena, and in journalism and science policy.

She was director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Washington program and a senior fellow from 1994 to 1997. While there she published her seminal 1997 Foreign Affairs article, “Power Shift,” chosen by the editors as one of the most influential in the journal’s seventy-five years.

From 1982 to 1993, she was founding vice president and director of research of the World Resources Institute, an internationally known center for policy research on environmental and natural resource management issues.

She served on the Editorial Board of the Washington Post from 1980 to 1982, covering arms control, energy, environment, science, and technology. Later, Mathews wrote a popular weekly column for the Washington Post that appeared nationwide and in the International Herald Tribune.

From 1977 to 1979, she was director of the Office of Global Issues at the National Security Council, covering nuclear proliferation, conventional arms sales, and human rights. In 1993, she returned to government as deputy to the undersecretary of state for global affairs. Earlier, she served on the staff of the Committee on Energy and the Environment of the Interior Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mathews is a member of the Harvard Corporation, the senior governing board of Harvard University. She has served as a trustee of leading national and international nonprofits including, currently, the Nuclear Threat Initiative. She has previously served on the boards of Radcliffe College, the Inter-American Dialogue (co-vice chair), four foundations (the Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Century Foundation, and the Joyce Foundation), and the Brookings Institution. She co-founded the Surface Transportation Policy Project, has served on study groups at the National Academy of Sciences, and is an elected fellow of the American Philosophical Society. Since 2001 she has served as a director of SomaLogic, a leading biotech firm in the breakthrough field of proteomics. She is also a director of Hanesbrands Inc.

Mathews has published widely in newspapers and in scientific and foreign policy journals, and she has co-authored and co-edited three books. She holds a PhD in molecular biology from the California Institute of Technology and graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College.

 

  • Op-Ed New York Review of Books October 9, 2014 Русский
    Is There an Answer for Syria?

    The rapid rise of the Islamic State means core assumptions driving policy on Syria must be rethought.

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  • Op-Ed New York Review of Books July 10, 2014 Русский
    Iraq Illusions

    The story in Iraq, which has seemed to be all about religion and military developments, is actually mostly about politics: access to government revenue and services, a say in decision-making, and a modicum of social justice.

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  • Other Publications Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident February 26, 2014
    Review of “The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Disaster: Investigating the Myth and Reality”

    While physical aftershocks from the earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, have long ceased, societal aftershocks are still reverberating.

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  • Op-Ed New York Review of Books January 22, 2014
    Iran: A Good Deal Now in Danger

    For the first time in decades, the United States has an opportunity to test whether it can reach a settlement with Iran that would turn what may still be an active weapons program into a transparent, internationally monitored, civilian program.

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  • Article December 31, 2013
    Washington’s World in 2014

    Barack Obama has had a tough year. Does 2014 portend more of the same?

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  • Op-Ed Washington Post September 13, 2013 Русский عربي
    We Can Stop Syria by Using Lessons From Iraq

    The Syria crisis presents a great opportunity. If an international effort successfully disarms Syria's chemical arsenal, and that success is recognized, the positive repercussions would be felt far beyond the Middle East.

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  • Op-Ed Cleveland Plain Dealer September 13, 2013 عربي
    A New Way Forward Is Now Possible With Iran

    As current events demonstrate, the security challenges of the Middle East cannot be permanently solved solely through the use of American military power. On Iran and other regional challenges, the only lasting solutions will be diplomatic ones.

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  • Op-Ed Reuters August 1, 2013
    More Anxious to Agree Than to Disagree?

    The United States should be able to address Iran’s focus on getting an understanding of the “endgame” in return for substantial Iranian agreement on the compelling nuclear issues.

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  • Obama
    Strategic Europe July 3, 2013 Русский
    Obama’s Murky Foreign Policy

    If President Obama is hoping to attract public and international support on major foreign policy challenges, he urgently needs to share his elusive thinking.

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  • Global Ten November 29, 2012 Русский 中文
    The World in 2013

    The Obama administration must realize that no “foreign policy” issue will matter as much to global economic, political, and ultimately security conditions in the coming year as whether the United States can demonstrate that it is able to deal with its economic crisis.

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  • Washington October 18, 2001
    Managing Global Issues: Lessons Learned

    This volume identifies the successes and failures of international and transnational governance and provides the basis for a broad comparative analysis across problem areas.

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  • September 23, 2014 Washington, DC
    Carnegie Open House

    An opportunity to learn about Carnegie’s role in public policy and international relations, working in a think tank, and Carnegie’s Junior Fellows Program.

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  • July 25, 2014 Washington, DC
    India’s New Growth Story: Revitalizing U.S.-India Relations

    India recently witnessed watershed election result and expectations are high for the policy initiatives emerging from New Delhi.

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  • July 24, 2014 Washington, DC
    The New Geopolitics of Energy: Challenges and Opportunities

    Ambassador Pascual shared his perspectives on some of the key energy issues during his tenure at the Bureau of Energy Resources at the State Department, as well as ongoing energy challenges.

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  • June 25, 2014 Washington, DC
    Book Launch of Getting India Back on Track: An Action Agenda for Reform

    India has fallen far and fast from the runaway growth rates it enjoyed in the first decade of the twenty-first century. The recent election results have demonstrated a nationwide desire to reverse this trend.

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  • June 4, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    President Habibie on Indonesian Democracy

    Former President B.J. Habibie led Indonesia’s democratization process beginning in 1998, making bold reforms toward political openness and decentralization. Thanks in part to his efforts, Indonesia is emerging as one of Asia’s foremost democracies and rising powers.

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  • May 14, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    India, China, and Russia: Prospects for Cooperation

    India, China, and Russia are all set to play a major role on the global stage throughout the rest of the twenty-first century. The relationships between the three nations are complex, however, with opportunities for cooperation in areas of convergent interests often being hamstrung by long-standing disputes and rivalries.

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  • March 5, 2014 Washington, DC
    Closing Space in Democracy and Human Rights Support

    International support for democracy and human rights faces a serious challenge after its increased influence in the last decades.

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  • Japan-Myanmar
    February 25, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    U.S.-Japan Strategies for Supporting Myanmar

    The political and economic transformation underway in Myanmar is an important strategic opportunity for the United States and Japan, given the country’s potential impact on the establishment of a stable and prosperous order in Asia based on democratic values and market-based economic policies.

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  • February 7, 2014 Washington, DC
    Forging Ahead: Restoring Momentum to the U.S.-India Relationship

    A slowing Indian economy, policy paralysis in the Indian government, and U.S. domestic distractions have combined to produce a drift in the bilateral relationship that is far more dangerous than the discord provoked by the recent diplomatic spat.

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  • January 29, 2014 Washington, DC
    Ambassador Jaishankar on U.S.-India Relations

    In his first public address since assuming responsibilities as ambassador of India to the United States in December, S. Jaishankar discussed the promise of, and prospects for, the U.S.-India relationship.

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