Ben Rhodes

  • Senior Advisor to Former President Barack Obama
  • Former Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting for President Barack Obama

Ben Rhodes was the assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for strategic communications and speech writing, overseeing President Obama’s national security communications, speech writing, and global engagement. Previously, he served as deputy director of White House speech writing and as a senior speech writer for the Obama campaign. Prior to joining Obama for America, he 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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Ben was wonderful and generous with the students. Everybody appreciate his acute and thoughtful answers to the many questions asked... The students who attended the Q & A were enthusiastic and the public clearly enjoyed your open presentation.

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  • Stanford University
  • Indiana University
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Ben Rhodes - The Obama Doctrine: America's Role in a Complicated World (Full Session)
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America's Role in a Changing World


Engagement Not Isolation: An Inside Account of US-Cuba Relations


Navigating the Revolutions in Media


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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.