James Rubin

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James Rubin

Renowned foreign affairs journalist & former diplomat

James Rubin is an internationally renowned foreign affairs journalist, academic, and world-leading authority on U.S. diplomatic, national security and foreign policy. He is currently a Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, focusing on the study of American foreign policy and the politics of war. He has had a very distinguished career in the U.S State Department.

Rubin was Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs under President… 

James Rubin is an internationally renowned foreign affairs journalist, academic, and world-leading authority on U.S. diplomatic, national security and foreign policy. He is currently a Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University, focusing on the study of American foreign policy and the politics of war. He has had a very distinguished career in the U.S State Department.

Rubin was Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs under President Clinton, Chief Spokesman for the State Department between 1997 and 2000, and a top policy adviser to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. He conducted daily on-camera briefings for the State Department press corps and represented the administration in print, radio, and television interviews regarding U.S. diplomatic, foreign economic and national security policies. In 2000, he received the State Department's highest honour, the Distinguished Service Award.

During the 2004 Presidential Election, he served as Senior Adviser for National Security for John Kerry, and in the run-up to the 2008 Presidential election, he was a member of Hillary Clinton's campaign team for the 2008 Democratic nomination.

His international media career began in 2002 when he became the host of the PBS series Wide Angle, a primetime, weekly international affairs programme. From 2005-2007 he was international news anchor and world affairs commentator for Sky News. He joined Bloomberg News in 2010 and oversaw editorial issues of Bloomberg News in Central and South America, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

During his career he has held a number of distinguished academic and consultancy positions. He was a Visiting Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics from 2001-2004, and a partner in the communications consultancy, the Brunswick Group, from 2001-2004. Prior to his present fellowship at Oxford University, he was a visiting professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed him the commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and counselor to the state's Empire State Development Corporation 2011- 2013.

Rubin is a regular contributor to a number of American and European newspapers, including The Financial Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He is presently writing a book about America’s use of military force abroad.

His wife, Christiane Amanpour, is CNN’s chief international correspondent and ABC’s global affairs anchor.

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