David Rothkopf

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David J. Rothkopf (born 24 December 1955) is President and CEO of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory firm specializing in transformational global trends, notably those associated with energy, security, and emerging markets. In 2012, Rothkopf additionally became CEO and Editor-at-large of Foreign Policy magazine, to which he had been a regular contributor for many years.

He is also a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he has written Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power (2005), a behind-the-scenes history of how foreign policy is made in the White House, and Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making. Additionally, at Carnegie Rothkopf chairs the Carnegie Economic Strategy Roundtable, which examines the nexus between national security and U.S. economic policy concerns. Rothkopf is chairman of the National Strategic Investment Forum Dialogue, a forum convening leading institutional investors for discussions about critical issues of investment strategy. He is also a member of the advisory board of the U.S. Institute of Peace, the John Hopkins/Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Center for Global Development, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency.

Prior to the establishment of Garten Rothkopf, Rothkopf was the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Intellibridge Corporation, a leading provider of international analysis and open-source intelligence for the U.S. national security community and selected investors, financial organizations and other corporations. Before founding Intellibridge, Rothkopf was managing director of Kissinger Associates, the international advisory firm founded and chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. Immediately prior to joining Kissinger Associates, Rothkopf served as Acting U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. In this capacity, Rothkopf directed the 2400 employees of the International Trade Administration including the U.S. Commercial Service, the International Economic Policy Bureau, the Bureau of Import Administration, and the Bureau of Trade Development. He joined the Clinton Administration in 1993 as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Policy and Development.

Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, Rothkopf was co-founder, chairman and chief executive of International Media Partners, Inc., which published CEO Magazine, and Emerging Markets newspaper, and organized the CEO Institutes. Previously, Rothkopf served as a senior executive and editor at Institutional Investor, Inc. and served in a similar capacity at Financial World magazine.

Rothkopf is a 1977 graduate of Columbia College and attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Rothkopf is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the chief executive and editor at large of the Foreign Policy Group.[1]


Rothkopf is a cited commentator in leading publications and has appeared a guest addressing a wide variety of foreign policy, national security, economic and energy policy issues on most English-language broadcast networks worldwide. He is the author of over 150 articles on international investment, economic, and policy themes and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, the Philadelphia Inquirer and other leading newspapers. He has also written for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Economy, The Journal of International Affairs and a variety of other magazines.

He is the author, co-author, co-editor of and contributor to a variety of books including The Global Century: Globalization and National Security (National Defense University), Cuba: The Contours of Change (Lynn Rienner Publishers), The Price of Peace: Emergency Economic Intervention and U.S. Foreign Policy (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), The Common Market: Uniting the European Community (Franklin Watts) and The Big Emerging Markets (Bernan Press). In 2012 he published "Power, Inc." (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) on "The epic rivalry between big business and government and the reckonong that lies ahead."

In Superclass (publ. March 2008), he argues that geography, pedigree, networking and luck unite a superclass of 6000 individuals that possess unparalleled power over world affairs.[citation needed]

In late 2010, Rothkopf was quoted as saying, regarding relations with China, "We’re still struggling with a post-unilateralist hangover."[2]

Preceding the publication of his next book Rothkopf wrote an opinion piece[3] in the New York Times regarding Happiness and GDP.

Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government--and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead (ISBN 978-0374151287) was published in 2012 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and addresses the changing nature of national and private power - especially that wielded by large multinational corporations - in the global era.[citation needed] It was reviewed by Foreign Policy.,[4] and BusinessWeek.[5]


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