James Rubin

Visiting Scholar, Oxford University; Contributing Editor, The New Republic; Commissioner, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (2011-2013); Assistant Secretary of State and Chief Spokesman, U.S. Department of State (1997-2000)

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James P. Rubin, recently a visiting scholar at Oxford University’s Rothermere Institute, is a contributor to a number of magazines, newspapers and TV programs as a commentator and analyst on world affairs and U.S. foreign policy.

Rubin served under President Clinton as assistant secretary of State for Public Affairs and chief spokesman for the State Department from 1997 to May 2000.  He was also a top policy adviser to Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and acted as a special negotiator during the Kosovo war to secure the demobilization of the Kosovo Liberation Army.

From 2011 to 2013, Rubin was a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a counselor on Competitiveness and International Affairs to Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY). From 2008 to 2010, Rubin was adjunct professor of international affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. From January to September 2011, he served as executive editor of Bloomberg View, the opinion section of Bloomberg News.

From 2000 to December 2008, Rubin worked in London as a broadcaster, professor, commentator and financial communications strategist. From October 2005 to October 2007, he was international news anchor and World Affairs Commentator for SKY News.  Rubin was also 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.

During the 2004 election, Rubin served as senior adviser for national security for the Kerry/Edwards Campaign. And in the 1996 election, Rubin was director of foreign policy for the Clinton/Gore ’96 Campaign.

Previously, he served as senior adviser and spokesman for the U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Madeline 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 Arms Control Association (1985-1989).

In 1998, 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”. Rubin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (1982) and a master’s in International Affairs (1984) from Columbia University. 

Rubin is a frequent contributor to a number of American and European newspapers, and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Times, Newsweek, Foreign Affairs and The New Republic; he is also a regular commentator on CNN, PBS, BBC, CBS and other networks.

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