David Rothkopf

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David Rothkopf
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Born (1955-12-24) December 24, 1955 (age 65)
Alma materColumbia University (1977) and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
OccupationPolitical Scientist, Journalist, CEO

David J. Rothkopf (born 24 December 1955) is a professor of international relations, political scientist and journalist. He is the founder of and CEO of The Rothkopf Group, a visiting professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, a prolific author, and podcast host of Deep State Radio.

Early life and education[edit]

Rothkopf was born to a Jewish family.[1] His father survived the Holocaust while three dozen of his relatives did not.[1] Rothkopf is a 1977 graduate of Columbia College and attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has two daughters, Joanna and Laura Rothkopf.


Rothkopf served as a senior executive and editor at Institutional Investor, Inc. and served in a similar capacity at Financial World magazine.[citation needed]

Later, Rothkopf co-founded and served as chairman and chief executive of International Media Partners, Inc., which published CEO Magazine and Emerging Markets newspaper and organized the CEO Institutes.[citation needed]

In 1993, he joined the Clinton Administration as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Policy and Development. Rothkopf later served as Acting U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, directing the 2,400 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.[citation needed]

He left government service and became managing director of Kissinger Associates, the international advisory firm founded and chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger.

In 1999, he co-founded and served as chairman and CEO of Intellibridge Corporation, a provider of international analysis and open-source intelligence for the U.S. national security community and selected investors, financial organizations and other corporations.

In 2012, the Washington Post Company, then a division of Graham Holdings Company, named Rothkopf CEO of the FP Group[2] and Editor at Large of its Foreign Policy magazine, ForeignPolicy.com, and FP Events.[3] He served until May 2017.

Later, he co-founded and served as president and CEO of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory firm specializing in transformational global trends, notably those associated with energy, security, and emerging markets.

He was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he chaired the Carnegie Economic Strategy Roundtable,[4] and chairman of the National Strategic Investment Forum Dialogue, a forum convening leading institutional investors for discussions about critical issues of investment strategy.[5] In addition, Rothkopf serves or has recently served as a member of the advisory boards of the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Johns Hopkins/Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Center for Global Development, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency.

Rothkopf is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has taught international affairs at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Columbia University's Graduate School of International and Public Affairs,[6] the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and has lectured at leading universities including Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, the National Defense University and the Naval War College.[7]

A Democrat, he has said he voted for President Barack Obama twice.[8]

In 2018, Rothkopf became a registered foreign agent and media consultant for the United Arab Emirates, receiving $540,000 in 2018 alone. [9][10]


  • Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power (2006) (ISBN 1-58648-423-0), which was described by David E. Sanger in The New York Times as "the definitive history of the National Security Council."[11]
  • Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making, published in 2008, was described by Rana Foroohar in Time Magazine as "perhaps the definitive chronicle of Davos Man."[12]
  • Power, Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government-and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead (ISBN 0-374-53367-9), published in 2012, was well received in the popular press.[13][14][15]
  • National Insecurity: Making U.S. Foreign Policy in an Age of Fear,[16] 2014.
  • The Great Questions of Tomorrow, 2017.
  • Traitor: A History of American Betrayal from Benedict Arnold to Donald Trump, 2020.

He is the author, co-author, co-editor of and contributor to additional books including The Global Century: Globalization and National Security (National Defense University), Cuba: The Contours of Change (Lynne 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).


  1. ^ a b Rothkopf, David (January 8, 2018). "Israel Is Becoming an Illiberal Thugocracy, and I'm Running Out of Ways to Defend It". Haaretz. I am a Jew. Three dozen of my relatives died in the Holocaust. My father, before he fled the Nazis, was an active member of Zionist youth organizations.
  2. ^ "David Rothkopf Is out as Editor of Foreign Policy| Adweek". Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  3. ^ N/A, N/A. "The Washington Post Company Renamed Graham Holdings". Graham Holdings Company. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  4. ^ N/A, N/A. "David Rothkopf Expert Page". Carnegie Endowment. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  5. ^ N/a, N/A. "National Strategic Investment Dialogue". National Strategic Investment Dialogue. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  6. ^ N/A, N/A. "Columbia University World Leaders Forum". Columbia University. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  7. ^ N/A, N/A. "The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress". The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  8. ^ "David Rothkopf: National Insecurity: America in the 21st Century". World Affairs Council. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (October 22, 2018). "MSNBC and Daily Beast Feature UAE Lobbyist David Rothkopf With No Disclosure: a Scandalous Media-Wide Practice". The Intercept.
  10. ^ "Foreign Agent Registration Act supplemental statement filing with Department of Justice" (PDF). The U.S. Department of Justice. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  11. ^ Sanger, David (June 25, 2010). "In Week of Tests, Obama Reasserts His Authority". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  12. ^ Foroohar, Rana (26 January 2013). "Davos Wisdom, 2013: Five Lessons from the Global Forum". Time Magazine. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  13. ^ Luce, Edward (February 12, 2012). "Recovery, but a cold and grey one". Financial Times. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  14. ^ Friedman, Thomas (March 13, 2012). "Capitalism, Version 2012". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  15. ^ Lemann, Nicholas (April 23, 2012). "Evening the Odds". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  16. ^ "National Insecurity" book review on The Wall Street Journal

External links[edit]

External video
video icon How Fear Drives American Politics, TED Talks[1]
  1. ^ "How Fear Drives American Politics". TED Talks, 18:00. March 2015. Retrieved October 4, 2015.