David Rothkopf

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David Rothkopf
Rothkopf in 2012
Born (1955-12-24) December 24, 1955 (age 68)
Alma materColumbia University
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Occupation(s)Journalist, businessman

David J. Rothkopf (born December 24, 1955) is an American foreign policy, national security and political affairs analyst and commentator. He is the founder and CEO of TRG Media and The Rothkopf Group, a columnist for the Daily Beast and a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors. He is the author of ten books including Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power, National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear, and most recently, Traitor: A History of American Betrayal from Benedict Arnold to Donald Trump. He is also the podcast host of Deep State Radio. Rothkopf also serves as a registered foreign agent of the United Arab Emirates.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Rothkopf was born in Urbana, Illinois to a Jewish family.[2] His father escaped the Holocaust while three dozen of his relatives did not.[2] Rothkopf, who grew up in New Jersey, is a 1977 graduate of Columbia College and attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has two daughters, Joanna and Laura Rothkopf. He is married to Carla Dirlikov Canales, an opera singer, a US State Department cultural envoy, and a professor of practice at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.


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.

He was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for almost two decades, where he chaired the Carnegie Economic Strategy Roundtable.[3] He was also chairman of the National Strategic Investment Forum Dialogue, a forum convening leading institutional investors for discussions about critical issues of investment strategy.[4] In addition, Rothkopf 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.

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.

In 2012, he was named CEO of the FP Group and editor at large of its Foreign Policy magazine, ForeignPolicy.com, and FP Events. He subsequently became Editor-in-Chief of the company and served until May 2017.

Following his work at Foreign Policy, Rothkopf founded the Rothkopf Group and TRG Media which produce a number of podcasts include Deep State Radio, which is hosted by Rothkopf, Words Matter, Next in Foreign Policy, the DSR Daily Brief and the Secret Life of Cookies.  The company also provides podcast and event production services focused on foreign policy, politics, culture, technology, the environment, and women's rights including for companies and for foreign governments such as the United Arab Emirates.[5]

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


  • 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."[8]
  • 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."[9]
  • 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.[10][11][12]
  • National Insecurity: Making U.S. Foreign Policy in an Age of Fear,[13] 2014.
  • The Great Questions of Tomorrow, 2017.
  • Traitor: A History of American Betrayal from Benedict Arnold to Donald Trump, 2020.

He is also 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. ^ [1], Department of Justice Foreign Registration Act Filing by The Rothkopf Group, September 9, 2021, including contract with United Arab Emirates and explanation as to services.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ N/A, N/A. "David Rothkopf Expert Page". Carnegie Endowment. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  4. ^ N/a, N/A. "National Strategic Investment Dialogue". National Strategic Investment Dialogue. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  5. ^ https://efile.fara.gov/docs/6596-Supplemental-Statement-20211101-8.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  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. ^ Sanger, David (June 25, 2010). "In Week of Tests, Obama Reasserts His Authority". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  9. ^ Foroohar, Rana (26 January 2013). "Davos Wisdom, 2013: Five Lessons from the Global Forum". Time. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  10. ^ Luce, Edward (February 12, 2012). "Recovery, but a cold and grey one". Financial Times. Archived from the original on December 11, 2022. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  11. ^ Friedman, Thomas (March 13, 2012). "Capitalism, Version 2012". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  12. ^ Lemann, Nicholas (April 23, 2012). "Evening the Odds". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 12, 2014.
  13. ^ "National Insecurity" book review on The Wall Street Journal

External links[edit]

External videos
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.