Rachel Kleinfeld is a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the co-founder and president of the Truman National Security Project. She is an expert on national security, weak and fragile states, corruption, and the rule of law. She serves on the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, which advises the secretary of state quarterly. Her passion lies in issues at the interstices of national security, human security, and development.
Kleinfeld has consulted on rule of law reform for the World Bank, the European Union, the OECD, the Open Society Institute, and other institutions and has briefed multiple U.S. government agencies. She is the author of Advancing the Rule of Law Abroad: Next Generation Reform (Carnegie, 2012), which was chosen by Foreign Affairs magazine as one of the best foreign policy books of 2012. Her writings have appeared in Relocating the Rule of Law (Hart, 2009), Promoting Democracy and the Rule of Law: American and European Strategies (Palgrave, 2009), The Future of Human Rights (on humanitarian intervention) (Philadelphia UP, 2008), Promoting the Rule of Law: The Problem of Knowledge (Carnegie Endowment, 2006), With All Our Might (Rowen and Littlefield, 2006) and other publications. She also co-authored Let There Be Light: Electrifying the Developing World with Markets and Distributed Generation (Truman Institute, 2012).
Named one of the top “40 Under 40 New Civic Leaders” in America by Time magazine in 2010 for the Truman Project’s work training a new generation of leaders to advance smart security policy for America, Kleinfeld has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and other national television, radio, and print media. She has worked in human rights and economic development in India, Israel, and Eastern Europe and has served as an elections monitor in Pakistan and Bangladesh.