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James Glassman

Former Under Secretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

  • Former Bush administration official at the intersection of economics, politics and business
  • Deemed by “Newsweek” the first to “finally figure out how to sell the American idea abroad”
  • Former editor-in-chief and co-owner of Capitol Hill news source "Roll Call"

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Ambassador James K. Glassman is widely recognized as an expert on economics, finance, technology, and international affairs. With a career that spans the fields of business, politics, media, and government, he has a unique, multi-discipline perspective on the complex financial matters that weigh most on American business. Glassman is able to zoom in on the individual policies and financial issues that dominate the headlines and then zoom out to put them in a broader economic and political context. He has a knack for making complicated ideas understandable and exciting, and he’s been widely praised for his skills as a moderator. He is also currently a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investor advisory committee. Glassman addresses economics, finance, and global affairs and looks at how the intersection of politics and economics affects business.

Get the Scoop on Finance. Glassman is the author of four books on finance, best-selling Dow 36,000: The New Strategy for Profiting from the Coming Rise in the Stock Market (1999), The Secret Code of the Superior Investor: How to Be a Long-Term Winner in a Short-Term World (2002), Safety Net: The Strategy for De-Risking Your Investments in a Time of Turbulence (2011), and The 4% Solution: Unleashing the Economic Growth America Needs (2012). He has had a long career in journalism, serving as president of the Atlantic Monthly Company, publisher of the New Republic, editor-in-chief and co-owner of Roll Call, and executive vice president of U.S. News & World Report. From 1993–2004, he was the primary financial columnist for the Washington Post, and his articles on finance, economics, and foreign policy have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, and more. He currently writes a monthly column for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Glassman also served as under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, where he directed the government’s strategic communications. Among his accomplishments was bringing new internet technology to bear on outreach to foreign publics, which he christened “Public Diplomacy 2.0.” He was praised for his swift successes, his bipartisanship, and his pioneering use of new technologies. Newsweek wrote: “James K. Glassman, as they say in Washington, gets it…Unlike his failed predecessors, Glassman has finally figured out how to sell the American idea abroad.”

Communicating the American Idea. His extensive television experience includes a three-year stint as host of Capital Gang Sunday, the weekly CNN public affairs panel show, and a similar period as host of PBS’s TechnoPolitics and Ideas in Action, which explores public policy issues, from teacher pay to the use of Internet in the opposition movement in Iran. He has also appeared on a wide range of news programs as an economic expert and frequently moderates finance and political shows. He served as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, as well.

A graduate of Harvard University, Glassman served as a member of the President’s Commission on the 21st Century Workforce and was a member of the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World. He was also a senior fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, where he focused on economics, finance, and technology, and is the founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute. Lastly, he is the CEO of Public Affairs Engagement.

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