Joshua Cooper Ramo

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Joshua Cooper Ramo
Photo by Joi Ito
Born (1968-12-14) December 14, 1968 (age 48)
Durham, NC
Alma mater University of Chicago (B.A.)
New York University (M.A.)
Occupation Executive, author
Known for Beijing Consensus
Parent(s) Roberta Cooper Ramo, Barry Ramo

Joshua Cooper Ramo (born December 14, 1968)[1] is vice chairman and co-chief executive of Kissinger Associates, the consulting firm of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.[2] He is also the author of several non-fiction books including two New York Times best-sellers, The Age of the Unthinkable and The Seventh Sense.

Early life[edit]

Ramo was raised in Los Ranchos, New Mexico, on the Rio Grande.[3] He began flying in his late teens and later wrote the book No Visible Horizon about his experiences as a competitive aerobatic pilot.[4] Ramo holds a bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in economics from New York University.

Journalism career[edit]

Ramo began his career as a journalist at Newsweek in 1993. He joined Time magazine in 1996 when he was hired by Walter Isaacson. Ramo oversaw the magazine’s digital operations and ran Time's digital magazine while also covering technology. In 1998 he became foreign editor of Time, overseeing all the magazine’s international coverage. He was the youngest senior editor and foreign editor in the history of Time Magazine. During his tenure at the magazine he wrote more than 20 domestic and international cover stories.[5]

Business career[edit]

Prompted by an interest in business and global affairs, Ramo moved to Beijing in 2002. He worked with John L. Thornton, a former president of Goldman Sachs, in China from 2003-2005, when he joined Kissinger Associates as managing director. In 2011, he became vice chairman of Kissinger Associates. In 2015, he became co-chief executive officer.[6]

Fluent in Mandarin, Ramo currently divides his time between Beijing and New York, and serves as advisor to large corporations and investors with a particular focus on large-scale cross-border transactions. He additionally serves on the Board of Directors of Starbucks and Federal Express.[7][8]

Honors and awards[edit]

In 2008, Ramo served as China analyst for NBC Sports during its coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. For his work with Bob Costas and Matt Lauer during the Opening Ceremony of the Games he shared in a Peabody and an Emmy award.[9]


Ramo has been a member of the Leaders 21 project, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a “Young Global Leader” and “Global Leader of Tomorrow” of the World Economic Forum, a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and a co-founder of the US-China Young Leaders Forum.[10]

China Writings[edit]

The World Economic Forum called Ramo “One of China’s leading foreign-born scholars.”[11] In 2004 he published “The Beijing Consensus,”[12] which contrasted the Chinese model of economics and politics with western, “Washington Consensus” models.[4] In 2007 he published “Brand China,” an analysis of China’s international image.

In 2011, Ramo proposed a new model of US-China relations based on complexity theory known as “co-evolution.”[13]


No Visible Horizon[edit]

In 2003, Ramo published No Visible Horizon: Surviving the World's Most Dangerous Sport, which tackled his training as an aerobatic flyer and the "violent, difficult maneuvers" of the sport.[14][15]

The Age of the Unthinkable[edit]

In 2009, Ramo published the The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us and What We Can Do About It, [16][17] which was a New York Times bestseller that was translated into 15 languages. The book applies ideas of chaos theory and complex adaptive systems to problems of foreign policy.

The Seventh Sense[edit]

In 2016, Little, Brown & Co. released Ramo's third book, The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks,[18][19] which purports to identify a "new instinct" for networks that characterized new groups in politics, economics and security. Drawing on ideas from technology, history and economics, The Seventh Sense claims that the emergence of constant, widespread connection represents a shift in power that will be as significant as the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution, leading to a widespread collapse of existing institutions and the emergence of new sources of power. In the book, Ramo proposed a new idea for American grand strategy known as “Hard Gatekeeping” in which the country would develop and use platforms for the control of network topology, but would carefully limit access to those platforms.[20] On June 6, 2016, The Seventh Sense debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at #7,[21] and on May 29, 2016, The Seventh Sense was named to the Washington Post's nonfiction bestseller list for the week of May 26, 2016.[22]


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  2. ^ No consensus on the Beijing Consensus - How the World Works -
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  4. ^ a b "Joshua Cooper Ramo: Who Is NBC's China Analyst During The Olympics?". 2008-09-11. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  5. ^ "Starbucks Adds Joshua Cooper Ramo to Board of Directors". Seattle Times. 2011-05-05. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  6. ^ "starbucks corp (SBUX:NASDAQ GS) executive profile". Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  7. ^ "Starbucks Appoints Joshua Cooper Ramo to Board of Directors". Starbucks. Retrieved May 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ "FedEx Corp. Elects Brad Martin and Joshua Ramo As New Directors". FedEx Corp. Retrieved May 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ "Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony and Zhang Yimou (NBC)". Peabody Awards. Retrieved May 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. ^ "US-East Asia Task Force Report" (PDF). Asia Society. May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Starbucks Adds New Director to its Ranks as it Eyes China's Growing Market". Business Insider. 
  12. ^ Beijing Consensus
  13. ^ Ramo, Joshua Cooper (Apr 8, 2010). "Hu's Visit: Finding a Way Forward on U.S.-China Relations". Time. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  14. ^ No Visible Horizon: Surviving the World's Most Dangerous Sport. Simon & Schuster. Retrieved May 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  15. ^ "Don't Look Down". New York Times. Retrieved May 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  16. ^ The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It. Little, Brown and Company. 2009. ISBN 0316118087. Retrieved Oct 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  17. ^ "The Age of the Unthinkable". Hachette Book Group. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  18. ^ The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks. Little, Brown and Company. 2016. ISBN 0316285064. Retrieved Apr 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  19. ^ "The Seventh Sense". Hachette Book Group. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  20. ^ "The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune and Survival in the Age of Networks". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved May 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  21. ^ "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous Books - Best Sellers - June 5, 2016 - The New York Times". Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  22. ^ "Washington Post bestsellers May 29, 2016". The Washington Post. 2016-05-26. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-07-14.