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.
 

Education

PhD, MSc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Languages

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.

  • Op-Ed Atlantic October 14, 2014
    The World Is Full of Grain

    Agricultural production is at record levels—and that could make the planet less stable.

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  • Op-Ed Atlantic September 16, 2014
    Beyond ISIS and Ukraine: What Else Happened This Summer

    Syria, Ukraine, Gaza, Iraq, ISIS, Ebola—the list of this past summer’s disasters is long. But buried among the tragic headlines and breaking news are other events that attracted less attention but could be just as consequential for global affairs.

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  • President Obama
    Op-Ed Atlantic June 24, 2014
    Beware the Salesmen of Simple Solutions on Iraq

    Those who have ‘obvious’ solutions to the crisis in Iraq assume that the U.S. government and military have more power, skills, and knowledge than what recent experience has repeatedly demonstrated.

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  • Homeless man
    Op-Ed Atlantic May 27, 2014
    The Problem With Piketty’s Inequality Formula

    In many countries, wealth grows more as a result of thievery and malfeasance than as a consequence of the returns on capital invested by elites.

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  • inequality
    Op-Ed Atlantic May 19, 2014
    Thomas Piketty and the End of Our Peaceful Coexistence With Inequality

    Inequality became the lightning rod that it is today only when wealth and incomes became as concentrated in the United States as they have been in other highly unequal countries.

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  • Op-Ed Atlantic May 13, 2014
    Postcards From Venezuela

    The most important clash in today’s Venezuela is between those who defend a government that violates human rights as a state-sanctioned policy and those who are willing to sacrifice themselves to stop it.

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  • Can the United States Play a Role in Venezuela?
    Testimony SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE May 8, 2014
    Can the United States Play a Role in Venezuela?

    Venezuela’s lack of democracy and economic failure can only be solved by Venezuelans. But Washington can help.

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  • Currency
    Op-Ed Atlantic May 7, 2014
    Most People in the World Have No Idea How to Manage Their Money

    As financial products become more diverse, complex, and widespread, and more people join the middle class, fighting the world’s financial illiteracy will become even more of a priority.

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  • BRICs
    Op-Ed Washington Post May 1, 2014
    BRICs

    It has become clear that, other than large territories and populations, the BRICs have little in common.

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  • Op-Ed Atlantic April 21, 2014
    America’s Coming Manufacturing Revolution

    The combination of lower energy prices, innovative information technologies, and advances in robotics and materials science are powering a manufacturing revolution that will reinvigorate the U.S. economy and make many of its industrial sectors the most competitive in the world.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Indian election
    NPR’s Diane Rehm Show May 16, 2014
    India’s Ruling Party Concedes Defeat

    India’s recent election was the longest and most expensive general election in the history of the country.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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