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James Rubin

Former US Assistant Secretary of State and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University

James P. Rubin is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a prominent commentator and lecturer on U.S. foreign policy. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Rubin lived in London, working as a broadcaster, professor, commentator and communications consultant. Most recently, from 2005 to 2007, he was international news anchor and world affairs commentator for SKY news. Mr. Rubin served under President Clinton as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Chief Spokesman for the State Department from 1997 to 2000.

He shares his insights of how media covers world events and how the public receives news

James Rubin

In detail

During the 2004 election, Mr. Rubin served as Senior Adviser for National Security for the Kerry/Edwards Campaign. In the 1996 election, Mr. Rubin was Director of Foreign Policy for the Clinton/Gore '96 Campaign. While in London, Mr. Rubin was a Visiting Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics from 2001-2004, a partner in the Brunswick Group - a financial advisory firm - from 2001 -2004, and in 2002 and 2003 the host of the PBS series Wide Angle, a primetime, weekly international affairs program.

What he offers you

James is an authority on foreign affairs and will give your audience insight into national security policies and US foreign policy initiatives that impact the world. James provides behind-the-scenes perspectives on his personal experiences during negotiations spanning the globe, from the Middle East and Iraq to Russia and China, in addition to the diplomatic missions which he led to Kosovo. Mr. 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.

How he presents

James is a stimulating speaker with a proven track record and is ideal for addressing international audiences as well as UK-based audiences.


James presents in English.

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  • Foreign Affairs
  • Global Geopolitical and Economic Landscape
  • Negotiating War and Peace
  • Behind the Scenes of the World Stage
  • Foreign Policy and the New Administration
  • US/European Relations
  • International Law
  • International Organizations National Security and Defense


  • James is a very polished and compelling speaker, he gave a very good performance - Marketing Services Agency


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

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