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 frequently 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."
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. It was reviewed by Foreign Policy., and BusinessWeek.
- Cooper, Helene (April 6, 2012). "Obama Embraces National Security as Campaign Issue". New York Times.
- Cooper, Helene, "Asking China to Act Like the U.S.", The New York Times, November 27, 2010 (November 28, 2010 p. WK1 NY ed.). Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- Redefining the Meaning of No. 1 October 8, 2011
- Rothkopf's current blog at ForeignPolicy.com
- Podcast Lecture: Stanford Technology Ventures Program Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Series: Concentrated Power in a Global Economy, April 16, 2008
- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
- "Look Who's Running the World Now", Washington Post, March 12, 2006.
- Radio interview on WFMU/The Speakeasy with Dorian about the economic crisis of 2009 and his book Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making, March 16, 2009