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.

  • Venezuela Is Falling Apart
    Op-Ed Atlantic May 12, 2016 Spanish
    Venezuela Is Falling Apart

    In the last two years Venezuela has experienced the kind of implosion that hardly ever occurs in a middle-income country like it outside of war.

  • Old Diseases Made New
    Op-Ed Atlantic April 25, 2016
    Old Diseases Made New

    Zika, the self-proclaimed Islamic State, and Trump are new manifestations of old phenomena, upgraded and made more dangerous in their current forms.

  • The Real Secret of Washington, D.C.
    Op-Ed Atlantic March 28, 2016
    The Real Secret of Washington, D.C.

    Washington, DC, is an extraordinary city. The harsh caricatures with which its critics commonly describe it have little in common with reality.

  • What Is Ideological Necrophilia?
    Op-Ed Atlantic February 24, 2016
    What Is Ideological Necrophilia?

    There are many reasons why bad ideas endure, but perhaps the most important is people’s need to believe in a leader amid rapid change.

  • Can Putin Bomb His Way Out of Sanctions?
    Op-Ed Atlantic December 8, 2015
    Can Putin Bomb His Way Out of Sanctions?

    Putin has turned a bombing campaign into new diplomatic leverage that can be deployed against sanctions.

  • Op-Ed Atlantic December 4, 2015
    Venezuela: A Dictatorship Masquerading as a Democracy

    Democracy is not defined by what happens on Election Day, but rather by how the government behaves in between elections.

  • After Paris: War Is Not What It Used to Be
    Op-Ed Huffington Post November 15, 2015 Русский
    After Paris: War Is Not What It Used to Be

    Wars are no longer the business of governments alone.

  • Op-Ed Atlantic November 12, 2015
    The Struggle of Our Time: Human Nature vs. Mother Nature

    Progress in curtailing CO2 emissions will come about not by human nature triumphing over Mother Nature, but through the collective realization that the survival of our species depends on how effectively we keep human nature in check—and heed Mother Nature’s warnings.

  • Op-Ed Atlantic October 8, 2015 Русский
    The Coming Turmoil in Latin America

    Many people across Latin America may soon discover that their recent economic advances are not as permanent as they think.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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 Washington, D.C.
    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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