James Rubin has worked for thirty three years, in and out of government, in the field of international affairs and U.S. foreign policy as a practioner, commentator, professor and broadcaster.
James Rubin was Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs under President Bill Clinton and Chief Spokesman for Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright (1997 – 2000). In 1999, he also acted as a special negotiator to secure the demobilization of the Kosovo Liberation Army.
James Rubin is currently a Contributing Editor at Politico, writing regular columns on world affairs. Prior to that he was Senior Media Adviser for National Security Affairs in New York City for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. While in London from 2012 to 2016, he was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University’s Rothermere American Institute, wrote a weekly foreign affairs column for the Sunday Times and co-chaired a high-level panel on Extending American Power for the Center for a New American Security in Washington.
From 2008 to 2012 he worked in New York as: A Commissioner of the Port Authority and Counselor to Governor Andrew Cuomo (2008-2010); an adjunct professor at Columbia University (2008 to 2010); and Co-Executive Editor for the launch of Bloomberg View (2011).
Living in London from 2000 to 2008, Mr. Rubin worked as an Anchor and Commentator for SKY News, a Visiting Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, a partner in the Brunswick Group – a financial advisory firm and co-anchor of the PBS series Wide Angle.
During the 2008 election, Mr. Rubin represented Hillary Clinton’s campaign in debates and TV appearances. 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, 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 earned 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, Politico, The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and Newsweek, and is a frequent analyst and commentator for CNN, BBC, MSNBC and other TV and Radio outlets.
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