David Rothkopf

Visiting Scholar
Rothkopf, author of the recent book Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government and the Reckoning that Lies Ahead, served as deputy undersecretary of commerce for international trade policy in the Clinton administration.
 

Education

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
AB, Columbia College of Columbia University

Photo Credit: Chris Leaman for Foreign Policy

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David Rothkopf is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment as well as CEO and editor of Foreign Policy magazine. During his time at Carnegie, Rothkopf has written three books, published numerous articles on America’s role in the world, and directed the efforts of the Carnegie Economic Strategy Roundtable. His most recent book, Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government and the Reckoning that Lies Ahead, traces the changing relationship between public and private power and looks at the implications of the rise of great private actors and the weakening of many states.

In addition, he is president and CEO of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory firm specializing in emerging-markets investing and risk-management-related services. Previously, Rothkopf was founder, chairman, and CEO of Intellibridge, a firm offering open-source intelligence and advisory services on international issues, after serving for two years as managing director of Kissinger Associates.

Rothkopf served as deputy undersecretary of commerce for international trade policy in the Clinton administration. In this capacity, he played a central role in developing and directing the administration’s groundbreaking Big Emerging Markets Initiative. Rothkopf came to the government after founding and serving as chairman and CEO of International Media Partners, where he was editor and publisher of the CEO Magazine and Emerging Markets newspaper as well as chairman of the CEO Institute. He currently serves as chairman of the National Strategic Investment Dialogue and as a member of the advisory boards of the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Johns Hopkins/Bloomberg School of Public Health.

A prolific writer, Rothkopf is the author of more than 150 articles on international themes for publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, and Foreign Affairs. In addition to Power, Inc., his most recent books include Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008) and Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power (Public Affairs, 2005).

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy November 25, 2014
    The Fall Guy

    If President Obama is unwilling to ask himself how he must change in order to avoid and undo mistakes like those of the past two years, it doesn't matter how many cabinet secretaries come or go.

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  • Op-Ed CNN November 25, 2014
    Pushing Out Hagel Not Shake-up Obama Needs

    If Obama thinks that pushing out Hagel will be seen as the housecleaning that many have recommended for his spluttering national security process, he is likely to be very disappointed.

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  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy November 13, 2014
    Is Inequality a Bigger Threat than the Islamic State?

    In the Age of Fear, the sensational always overtakes the important.

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  • Op-Ed CNN November 12, 2014
    Putin and Obama’s Funniest Home Videos

    Tonight when you turn on the news, some of it is likely to look a lot like “The Global Elite’s Funniest Home Videos.” But as you gawk and click and click again, remember it's not the media that are at fault. It’s you.

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  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy November 5, 2014
    This Man Is an Island

    Obama stands alone, apart from his party and the world, in the wake of Tuesday’s elections.

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  • Op-Ed Time October 30, 2014
    How to Beat ISIS

    If Washington is leading a coalition against the Islamic State, and it is, then the United States must be on the ground as well. There is no other way.

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  • Op-Ed October 28, 2014
    The Pendulum and the President

    An excerpt from “National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear.”

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  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy October 24, 2014
    Exit Interview From State: William J. Burns

    Deputy U.S. Secretary of State William J. Burns reflects on his distinguished tenure as a career foreign service officer.

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  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy October 13, 2014
    How Malala Can Help Defeat the Islamic State

    Empowering Muslim women is the key to degrading and ultimately destroying medieval and reactionary fanaticism.

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  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy October 9, 2014
    Shake It Up

    In the modern world there is no way to disconnect the United States from the world around us, nor is there any way to unlink economic outcomes from political or security outcomes.

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  • Radio New Zealand January 8, 2014
    Big Issues in 2014—Foreign Policy

    Growing instability in Iraq, coupled with the ongoing violence in Syria, could cause serious trouble for regional U.S. allies and even foreshadow a significant shift in the region.

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  • CNN January 7, 2014
    Gates Criticizes Obama on Afghanistan

    Former defense secretary Robert Gates’ criticism of President Obama in his new memoir is not entirely surprising, since Gates was always seen as part of Obama’s ‘team of rivals.’

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  • Protester
    CNN June 11, 2013
    How Should Washington Respond to Turkey?

    Following massive protests in Turkey and subsequent government backlash, Obama’s relationship with Prime Minister Erdogan has come into question.

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  • Daily Ticker March 28, 2012
    Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government

    The balance between governments and corporations has been shifting over the last few hundred years in favor of corporate power. If Washington wishes to fix this balance, it may need to reform its elections and regulations.

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  • CBS This Morning March 7, 2012
    The Power Shift From Public to Corporate

    The balance between governments and corporations has been shifting over the last few hundred years in favor of corporate power and the international community may need to strengthen global institutions to fix the balance.

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  • CNBC February 14, 2011
    China's Now Asia's #1 Economy

    Although China is growing rapidly, it faces challenges from internal unrest and a lack of full integration into the global economy.

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  • World Affairs Council November 5, 2010
    New Rules and New Systems: America in a New World Order

    As the world becoming increasingly multipolar and alternative centers of global power are arise, international institutions and rules will have to change to reflect the new global reality.

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  • CNN January 15, 2010
    Haiti Aftermath

    Efforts to aid and rebuild Haiti are being impeded by a lack of infrastructure and a non-functioning government. This crisis provides an opportunity to create a model for how the international community can enable poor communities to survive natural disasters.

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  • CBS's Washington Unplugged July 10, 2009
    President Obama's "Honeymoon" Phase Over?

    After enjoying months of good press coverage, President Obama’s honeymoon finally came to an end in July of 2009. As Obama now faces a number of tough policy challenges, increased public scrutiny is not necessarily a bad thing.

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  • Wisconsin Public Radio's Conversations with Kathleen Dunn March 24, 2009
    Hope and Reality at the G20

    With 26 delegations and a daunting list of economic issues to address, next week’s G20 Summit is unlikely to accomplish as much as the world is hoping.

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