Ben Rhodes

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  • Chief International Advisor for Former President Barack Obama
  • Deputy National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama (2009-2017)
  • Senior Speechwiter and Foreign Policty Advisor to the Obama Campaign (2007-2008)

Currently serving as the Chief International Advisor for Former President Barack Obama, Ben Rhodes is a leading voice on politics and foreign affairs with over 15 years experience working in Washington. From 2009 to 2017, Rhodes served as Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, participating in nearly all of the President's key decisions, and overseeing all national security communications, speechwriting, public diplomacy and global engagement programming. Renowned for his leadership during the secret negotiations with Cuba, resulting in the historic normalization of relations, and his role as a prominent advisor on the Join Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, Rhodes was also crucial to the administration's engagement with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. A key writer for all of President Obama's major foreign policy and national security speeches for a decade, Rhodes remains one of the longest-serving members of the administration, sought-out for his wide range of first-hand experience and shrewd expertise on today's top foreign affairs and security issues. 

Prior to joining Obama for America, Rhodes worked as special assistant to Lee Hamilton at the Wilson Center, where he helped draft the Iraq Study Group Report and the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. He is the co-author, with Lee Hamilton and Tom Kean, of Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission.  

 
  

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Ben Rhodes
  • Washington Ideas Forum
  • The Aspen Institute
  • University of Chicago
  • Stanford University
  • Indiana University
  • eMerge Americas
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Ben Rhodes is currently a senior advisor to former President Barack Obama and independent speaker and writer. From 2009 to 2017, he served as 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 historic effort to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, and played a key role in advancing the Administration’s engagement with Burma, Laos and Vietnam. From 2007-2008, he was a Senior Speechwriter and foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign. Before joining then-Senator Obama’s campaign, he worked for former Congressman Lee Hamilton from 2002-2007, 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.