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James Rubin

London, UK
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Former professor, diplomat and veteran commentator on international affairs

Foreign affairs advisor to the Clinton and Obama administrations

Senior Media Adviser for National Security Affairs for Hillary Clinton (2016)

James P. Rubin is an analyst, consultant and commentator on world affairs and U.S. foreign policy.


Mr. Rubin served under President Clinton as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Chief Spokesman for Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright from 1997 to May 2000.  In 1999, he acted as a special negotiator to secure the demobilization of the Kosovo Liberation Army.


In the fall of 2016, Mr Rubin was Senior Media Adviser for National Security Affairs for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.  From 2015 to 2016, along with the historian Robert Kagan, he chaired a high-level working group on Extending American Power for the Center for a New American Security in Washington D.C. From 2014 to 2015 he wrote a weekly foreign affairs column for the Sunday Times.  In 2013 he was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University’s Rothermere American Institute.


From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Rubin lived in New York City, where he was a Commissioner of the Port Authority and Counselor to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.  He was also an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and in 2011 he was Co-Executive Editor for the launch of Bloomberg View.


From 2000 to December 2008, Mr. Rubin worked in London as Anchor and World Affairs Commentator for SKY News (October 2005 to October 2007), a Visiting Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics (2001-2004), a partner in the Brunswick Group – a financial advisory firm (2001-2004), and co-anchor of Wide Angle, an international affairs series on PBS (2002-2003).


During the 2008 election cycle, Mr. Rubin represented Hillary Clinton’s campaign in debates and TV appearances on international affairs.  In 2004, he was Senior Adviser for National Security for the Kerry/Edwards Campaign, and in 1996, he was Director of Foreign Policy for Clinton/Gore.


Previously, he served as Senior Adviser and Spokesman for the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Madeleine K. Albright (1993-1996), Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (1989-1993).  He began his professional career as a Senior Analyst and Research Director for the nonpartisan Arms Control Association. (1985-1989).


In 1998, Mr. Rubin was the recipient of Columbia University’s John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement.  In 2000, he received the State Department’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.  Mr. Rubin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (1982) and a Masters in International Affairs (1984) from Columbia University.


He has written extensively for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, The New Republic, Foreign Affairs, and Newsweek, and appears frequently on CNN, BBC, MSNBC and other international news outlets.


Mr. Rubin serves on the Board of the International Peace Institute. He lives in London with his wife, Christiane Amanpour, and their son, Darius John Rubin.

Our Comment

"Having held top posts in the US government, James is an authority on US national security, foreign policy and geopolitics. Both a high profile and powerful speaker, he has worked on high-level negotiations in the Middle East, Iraq, Russia and China, and as such can provide unique insights into international affairs."

Toppling Mideast Dictators (2011)

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On Iraq (2013)

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