Ben Rhodes

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  • Political Contributor, NBC News & MSNBC
  • New York Times Bestselling Author, The World As It Is
  • Deputy National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama (2009-2017)
  • Chair, National Security Action

Ben Rhodes is the author of the New York Times bestseller The World As It Is; a contributor for NBC News, MSNBC and Crooked Media; the co-chair of National Security Action; and an advisor to former President Barack Obama. From 2009-2017, Rhodes  served as a Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. In that capacity, he participated in nearly all of President Obama’s key decisions, and oversaw the President’s national security communications, speechwriting, public diplomacy and global engagement programming. He also led the secret negotiations with the Cuban government which resulted in the effort to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, and supported the negotiations to conclude the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. Prior to joining the Administration, he was a Senior Speechwriter and foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign. From 2002-2007, he worked for former Congressman Lee Hamilton, supporting his work on the 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group.

 

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Ben was wonderful and generous with the students. Everybody appreciated his acute and thoughtful answers to the many questions asked... The students who attended the Q & A were enthusiastic and the public clearly enjoyed his open presentation.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Ben Rhodes
  • Colgate University
  • Washington Ideas Forum
  • The Aspen Institute
  • University of Chicago
  • Stanford University
  • Indiana University
  • eMerge Americas
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China, the U.S. and the future of Asia

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Trump, the Democrats and the direction of American politics

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<p>Ben Rhodes' New York Times bestseller The World As It Is</p>

Ben Rhodes' New York Times bestseller The World As It Is

Leading international advisor and close confidante of President Obama BEN RHODESNew York Times bestselling book is a fascinating and eye-opening look at life inside the White House. Starting out at just 29 years-old as a senior speechwriter and foreign policy advisor on Obama's campaign to walking out of the White House on the President's last day in office, for nearly ten years Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration. He oversaw the administration's national security communications, public diplomacy, and global engagement programming, starting every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Briefing. In The World as It Is, he reveals what it was like to be there, and in his talks takes audiences behind-the-scenes of the most pivotal political moments of the last decade, sharing intimate, candid and revelatory commentary on everything from the future direction of American politics to effective messaging in today's fractured media landscape. Rhodes has been sought-out for interviews by New York MagazineCBS This MorningCNNNPR and more to share details from his book, insights into policymaking during the Obama administration, and commentary on Washington today. The book also made headlines in  The Washington PostThe New York TimesThe GuardianThe AtlanticPeople, and more. As The New Yorker wrote in its exceptional book review: "More than any other White House memoirist, Rhodes is a creature of the man he served... This is the closest view of Obama we’re likely to get until he publishes his own memoir." Rhode's receives equally resounding praise at each of his engagements, such as: "Everything went smooth as silk. Ben talked with many, many people and generated lots of follow-up conversations and thinking by faculty and students — that’s just what we want" (Stanford University).

<p>Ben Rhodes in the news</p>

Ben Rhodes in the news

An NBC News and MSNBC Political Contributor and widely sought-out for his wide range of first-hand experience and shrewd expertise on today's top foreign affairs and security issues, Ben Rhodes shares his insights through various media appearances.  Stay on top of his latest views here. 

2.27.2019  'History has not delivered its verdict': Ben Rhodes on Obama's legacy  |  DW

2.14.2019  Former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes on Trump, racism and Syria 'red lines'  |  France 24

2.6.2019  Ben Rhodes on SOTU and "war with North Korea" | MSNBC Live with Craig Melvin

11.26.2018  Opinion: How to Check Trump and Repair America’s Image | The New York Times

6.6.2018  Former Obama aide: 'crazy' for Trump to tease Canada about burning down WH  |  CNN

6.3.2018  Ben Rhodes: President Obama felt rapid global change led to Trump | Meet The Press | NBC News

<p>Ben Rhodes is a contributor on top podcast Pod Save the World </p>

Ben Rhodes is a contributor on top podcast Pod Save the World 

Leading international advisor to President Obama and New York Times bestselling author BEN RHODES is a regular contributor on weekly top foreign affairs podcast Pod Save the World. A behind-the-scenes conversation with the people responsible for some of the most important foreign policy decisions of our time, Pod Save the World-- named to Salon's "15 indispensable policy podcasts"-- sheds light on the most pressing issues of the day in language everybody can understand. On recent episodes, Rhodes has discussed everything from ongoing turmoil in North Korea and Venezuela, to top security issues, to Brexit, with candor, substance, clarity, and humor. It's the same balance Rhodes brings to audiences worldwide at speaking engagements; his rave reviews speak for themselves. Following a recent keynote at the Canada2020 Conference, audience-members tweeted: "Insightful, inspirational and thought provoking talk by  via "; "'More than ever, the world's democracies need to stick together.' Great conversations with  tonight in Ottawa"; "Had a great time listening to @bhrodes talk... He even signed my book!" Rhodes' New York Times bestselling book The World as It Is-- a memoir chronicling Rhodes' decade in the Obama administration-- was released in French, German and Spanish and debuted on the bestseller list in Germany. 

<p>Ben Rhodes keeps the tweets of praise rolling in at #Canada2020</p>

Ben Rhodes keeps the tweets of praise rolling in at #Canada2020

Leading international advisor to President Obama and New York Times bestselling author BEN RHODES garnered rave reviews at the Canada2020 conference, delivering insights into foreign policy and the international order for hundreds of attendees. Delivering a live keynote entitled "The World As It Is," named for his recently-published bestseller, Rhodes kept the audience tweeting praise such as: "Insightful, inspirational and thought provoking talk by via "; "Amazing to hear at talk about the international order. Thanks for making this happen!"; "'More than ever, the world's democracies need to stick together.' Great conversations with tonight in Ottawa"; "Had a great time listening to @bhrodes talk... He even signed my book!" A live event, Rhodes Canada2020 conversation was converted into a podcast. He was recently also sought-out for the prestigious Swiss International Finance Forum, where he delivered a keynote on "The US Perspective: A Different View on the New World Order" for hundreds of financial leaders, politicians, and more. An esteemed forum that has previously hosted everyone from former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers to current Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney, the Swiss International Finance Forum gave Rhode's insightful and compelling remarks on current U.S. political trends the following rave review: "His speech was great and I already heard a lot of positive comments." Rhode's new book The World As It Is was a instant bestseller on Amazon and The New York Times, and was listed to The New York Times "9 New Books We Recommend."  

<p>Rhodes is a smash hit at the Swiss International Finance Forum </p>

Rhodes is a smash hit at the Swiss International Finance Forum 

Leading international advisor and close confidante of President Obama BEN RHODES was sought-out for the prestigious Swiss International Finance Forum, where he delivered a keynote on "The US Perspective: A Different View on the New World Order" for hundreds of financial leaders, politicians, and more. An esteemed forum that has previously hosted everyone from former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers to current Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney, the Swiss International Finance Forum gave Rhode's insightful and compelling remarks on current U.S. political trends the following rave review: "His speech was great and I already heard a lot of positive comments." Rhode's new book The World As It Is was a instant bestseller on Amazon and The New York Times, and was listed to The New York Times "9 New Books We Recommend."  With The World as It Is making headlines, Rhodes has been sought-out for interviews by New York MagazineCBS This MorningCNNNPR and more. He also just penned a powerful op-ed in The Atlantic on American leadership abroad in light of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. 

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Ben Rhodes is the author of the New York Times bestseller The World As It Is; a contributor for NBC News, MSNBC and Crooked Media; the co-chair of National Security Action; and an advisor to former President Barack Obama. From 2009-2017, Rhodes  served as a Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. In that capacity, he participated in nearly all of President Obama’s key decisions, and oversaw the President’s national security communications, speechwriting, public diplomacy and global engagement programming. He also led the secret negotiations with the Cuban government which resulted in the effort to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, and supported the negotiations to conclude the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. Prior to joining the Administration, he was a Senior Speechwriter and foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign. From 2002-2007, he worked for former Congressman Lee Hamilton, supporting his work on the 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group. A native New Yorker, Mr. Rhodes has a B.A. from Rice University and an M.F.A from New York University.