Moisés Naím

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Moisés Naím
Moisés Naím, World Economic Forum on Latin America 2009.jpg
Naím speaking about Latin America at the World Economic Forum in 2009
Venezuelan Minister of Trade and Industry
In office
PresidentCarlos Andrés Pérez
Succeeded byImelda Cisneros
Personal details
Born (1952-07-05) July 5, 1952 (age 67)
Tripoli, Libya

Moisés Naím (born July 5, 1952)[1] is a Venezuelan columnist whose writings are published by leading papers worldwide, and the author of more than 10 books. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. In 2013, the British magazine Prospect listed Naim as one of the world's leading thinkers.[2][3] In 2014 and 2015, Dr. Naím was ranked among the top 100 influential global thought leaders by Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI) for work in his latest book, The End of Power.[4]

Naim served as the editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine for 14 years (1996-2010). Since 2011, he has directed and hosted Efecto Naim, a weekly television program on international affairs that airs throughout the Americas on NTN24. In 2010, he received the Ortega y Gasset Prize for his important contribution to journalism in the Spanish language.

He is the former Minister of Trade and Industry for Venezuela and Executive Director of the World Bank.


Moisés Naím studied at the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela. Following his undergraduate studies, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he obtained both a master’s of science and doctorate degrees.

Public service[edit]

Naím was a professor of business strategy and industrial economics at Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA), Venezuela’s leading business school and research center located in Caracas. He also served as its dean between 1979 and 1988.

From 1989 to 1990, Naím served as Venezuela’s Minister of Trade and Industry, he wrote about this experience in his 1993 book and spoke about it in an interview with journalist Mirtha Rivero.[5][6]

Journalism career[edit]

Moises Naím is the chief international columnist for El País, the most widely read newspaper in Spain. His column, "The Global Observer", is also published in Italy (La Repubblica), France (, and in the major newspapers of Latin America. He is also a contributing editor to The Atlantic.

Among other publications, Naím's work has appeared in: The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, Le Monde, Berliner Zeitung and many more, making him one of today's most widely read columnists on international economics and geopolitics.

In 1996, Naím became the editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine. Under his guidance, the magazine re-launched and won the National Magazine Awards for General Excellence three times. During this period, it transformed from an academic quarterly to a bimonthly glossy.

During his tenure, he spearheaded the change in format by introducing photography and art, increased the frequency of publication, launched editions in other languages, and the website[7]

In 2008, Naim successfully completed the sale of the magazine to the Washington Post group, though he remained editor-in-chief until 2010.

Published books[edit]

Naím is the author or editor of more than ten books on topics related to geopolitics, international economics, and economic development.

In 2005, his book Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy was selected by the Washington Post as one of the best non-fiction books of the year; it was published in 14 languages and is the basis of an Emmy Award-winning documentary produced by National Geographic Film and Television in 2010.

Naím's most recent book is The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being in Charge Isn't What It Used To Be (2013). In it he argues that power has become "easier to get, harder to use, and easier to lose" due to the demographic explosion, increase in geographic mobility, and a shift in cultural norms. Both the Financial Times and the Washington Post named it one of the best books of 2013.[8] Bill Clinton said that The End of Power "will change the way you read the news, the way you think about politics, and the way you look at the world." George Soros said this "extraordinary new book will be of great interest to all those in leadership positions - business executives, politicians, military officers, social activists and even religious leaders. [It] will spark intense and important debate worldwide." Fernando Henrique Cardoso commented: "In my own experience as president of Brazil I observed first hand many of the trends that Naim identifies in this book, but he describes them in a way that is as original as it is delightful to read. All those who have power - or want it - should read this book." The End of Power has been translated into more than ten languages, including Italian, Arabic, Chinese and Portuguese. It has also been widely reviewed in newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post,[9] The Economist,[10] Reason Magazine,[11] El País[12] and

On January 2, 2015, The End of Power was selected by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the inaugural book for the Mark Zuckerberg book club, a public resolution to read one new book every two weeks in 2015.[13]

Efecto Naim[edit]

Efecto Naim is a weekly television show that offers a unique vision of the changing world. As director and host, Naim presents brief reports on global tendencies and interviews influential political, scientific and cultural leaders. Efecto Naim airs throughout Latin America every Sunday via DirecTV (NTN24).


Naím is the founder and chairman of the Group of Fifty. Naím is a member of the board of directors of the Open Society Foundations. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council, the Inter-American Dialogue[14] and the World Economic Forum.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • in 2015, the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute ranked Naím among the top 100 most influential global thought leaders once again.
  • In 2014, the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute ranked Naím among the top 100 most influential global thought leaders for his work in The End of Power.
  • In 2013, Naím was recognized as one of the world’s leading thinkers by the British magazine Prospect.[15]
  • In 2013, Naím received an honorary doctorate (honoris causa) from American University.
  • In 2011, Naím was awarded the Ortega and Gasset Journalism Award, the most prestigious award for journalism in the Spanish language for lifetime achievement/career trajectory.[16]
  • Under his guidance as editor of the magazine for fourteen years (1996-2010), Foreign Policy won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence three times.
  • In 2003, the Republic of Argentina honored Naím with the Order of May with the grade of Commander, one of the highest decorations the country presents for foreigners.
  • In 1991, Francesco Cossiga, the President of Italy, honored Naim with the National Order of Merit, with the grade "Commendatore."
  • In 1990, François Mitterrand, the President of France honored Naím with the National Order of Merit with the grade of Grand Officer (29 June 1991).
  • In 1985, Moisés Naím was honored with the Order of Andres Bello from the Republic of Venezuela.



  • Naím, Moisés (2013). The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be.
  • Naím, Moisés (2006). Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy. Anchor. ISBN 978-1-4000-7884-4.
  • ——; Smith, Gordon (2000). Altered States: Globalization, Sovereignty, and Governance. IDRC Books. ISBN 978-0-88936-917-7.
  • ——; Tulchin, Joseph (1999). Competition Policy, Deregulation and Modernization in Latin America. Lynne Rienner Publishers. ISBN 1-55587-818-0.
  • ——; Edwards, Sebastian (1998). Mexico 1994: Anatomy of an Emerging-Market Crash. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. ISBN 0-87003-154-6.
  • ——; Goodman, Louis W.; Forman, Johanna Mendelson; Tulchin, Joseph S. & Bland, Gary (1995). Lessons of the Venezuelan Experience. Woodrow Wilson Center Press. ISBN 978-0-943875-66-8.
  • —— (1993). Paper Tigers and Minotaurs: The Politics of Venezuela's Economic Reforms. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. ISBN 978-0-87003-026-0.

Selected articles[edit]


  1. ^ Davis, Noah. "Ellies 2007: So What Do You Do, Moisés Naím, Editor, Foreign Policy?". Mediabistro. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  2. ^ "World Thinkers 2013". Prospect Magazine. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  3. ^ "WorldThinkers 2013”, Prospect Magazine. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013
  4. ^ "GDI - Detail". Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  5. ^ "Paper Tigers and Minotaurs: The Politics of Venezuela's Economic Reforms". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Entrevista a Moisés Naím, por Mirtha Rivero « Prodavinci". Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  7. ^ “Farewell and Thanks for Reading”. Foreign Policy. May/June 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Books of the Year". 2013-11-29. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  9. ^ Goldstein, Gordon M. (2013-03-08). "'The End of Power From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used' by Moises Naim". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  10. ^ "The transience of power". The Economist. 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  11. ^ Nick Gillespie (2013-07-02). "Why Being in Charge Ain't What It Used to Be: Nick Gillespie reviews "The End of Power" - Hit & Run". Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  12. ^ Caño, Antonio (2013-11-17). ""Las democracias no pueden estar basadas en ONG, sino en partidos políticos" | Internacional | EL PAÍS". El País. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  13. ^ Alter, Alexandra (January 5, 2015). "When Mark Zuckerberg Likes a Book, Sales Soar". New York Times. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  14. ^ "Inter-American Dialogue | Moisés Naím". Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  15. ^ “World Thinkers 2013.” Prospect Magazine. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  16. ^ “Premio Ortega y Gasset de periodismo recayó en Moisés Naím”. El Universal. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2013.

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