Naím speaking about Latin America at the World Economic Forum in 2009
|Venezuelan Minister for Development|
|President||Carlos Andrés Pérez|
|Succeeded by||Imelda Cisneros|
July 5, 1952 |
Moisés Naím (born July 5, 1952) is a Distinguished Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an internationally syndicated columnist whose writings are published by leading papers worldwide, and the author of more than 10 books. In 2013, the British magazine Prospect listed Naim as one of the world's leading thinkers. In 2014, Dr. Naím was ranked among the top 100 influential global thought leaders by GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for work in his latest book, The End of Power.
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.
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.
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, where he played a role in launching major economic reforms. He wrote about this experience in his 1993 book Paper Tigers and Minotaurs and spoke about it in an interview  with journalist Mirtha Rivero.
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 (Slate.fr) and in the major newspapers of Latin America. He is also a regular contributor to the Financial Times “A List" and is 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 powerful photography and art, increased frequency of publication, launched editions in other languages and the website ForeignPolicy.com.
In 2008, Naim successfully completed the sale of the magazine to the Washington Post group, though he remained editor-in-chief until 2010.
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), and 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. 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, The Economist, Reason Magazine, El País and Exame.
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.
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, and a member of the board of directors of the National Endowment for Democracy, Population Action International, and the Open Society Foundations. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council, the Inter-American Dialogue and the World Economic Forum.
Awards and recognition
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 received an honoris causa doctorate from American University.
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 1991, Francesco Cossiga, the President of Italy honored Naim with the National Order of Merit, with the grade "Commendatore."
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.
- "The Most Important Alliance You've Never Heard of." The Atlantic. February 17, 2014
- "The Message of Protests." Bloomberg Businessweek. June 27, 2014
- "Hugo Chavez, RIP: He Empowered the Poor and Gutted Venezuela." Bloomberg Businessweek. March 5, 2013.
- "Mafia States: Organized Crime Takes Office." Foreign Affairs. May/June 2012.
- "Rogue Aid." Foreign Policy. March 1, 2007.
- "Five Wars of Globalization." Foreign Policy. January 1, 2003.
- "The Real Story Behind Venezuela's Woes." Journal of Democracy. 2001.
- "Washington Consensus or Washington Confusion?" Foreign Policy. Spring 2000.
- "Latin America: Post Adjustment Blues." Foreign Policy. 1995.
- Weekly column in El Pais
- Weekly column in Slate.fr
- Weekly column in The Atlantic
- Davis, Noah. "Ellies 2007: So What Do You Do, Moisés Naím, Editor, Foreign Policy?". Mediabistro. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
- "World Thinkers 2013". Prospect Magazine. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
- "WorldThinkers 2013”, Prospect Magazine. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013
- "GDI - Detail". Gdi.ch. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
- "Entrevista a Moisés Naím, por Mirtha Rivero « Prodavinci". Prodavinci.com. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
- “Farewell and Thanks for Reading”. Foreign Policy. May/June 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
- "Books of the Year". FT.com. 2013-11-29. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
- 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.
- "The transience of power". The Economist. 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
- 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". Reason.com. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
- ""Las democracias no pueden estar basadas en ONG, sino en partidos políticos" | Internacional | EL PAÍS". Internacional.elpais.com. 2013-11-17. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
- Alter, Alexandra (January 5, 2015). "When Mark Zuckerberg Likes a Book, Sales Soar". New York Times. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
- “World Thinkers 2013.” Prospect Magazine. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
- “Premio Ortega y Gasset de periodismo recayó en Moisés Naím”. El Universal. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
- Official website
- Author page for the Financial Times’ "The A-List"
- PostGlobal Panelist
- Appearances on C-SPAN