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Moisés Naím

Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Moisés Naím is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a best-selling author and an internationally syndicated columnist.

Naím was the editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine for fourteen years. During his tenure, Foreign Policy won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence three times. He is author of many scholarly articles and more than ten books on international economics and politics. His 2013 book, “The End of Power”, a New York Times bestseller, was selected by the Washington Post and the Financial Times as one of the best books of the year upon release. His earlier book, “Illicit” continues to be widely cited for its pioneering analysis of the globalization of transnational criminal networks. In 2018, he published his first novel “Two Spies in Caracas”.  

In 2011, Naím was awarded the Ortega y Gasset prize, the most prestigious award in Spanish journalism. The British magazine Prospect named him one of the world’s leading thinkers in 2013, and for several years the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute of Switzerland ranked him among the top 100 global thought leaders. He is also the host and producer of Efecto Naím, an Emmy-winning weekly television program on international affairs that airs throughout the Americas on DirectTV (NTN24).

Naím’s experience in public service includes his tenure as Venezuela’s Minister of Trade and Industry in the early 1990s, director of Venezuela’s Central Bank, and executive director of the World Bank. He was a professor of business and economics and dean of IESA, Venezuela’s main business school and also taught at John Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington.

Naim holds a Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Doctor Honoris Causa in International Affairs from American University. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and an Honorary Member of Venezuela’s Academy of Economic Sciences.


  • Naím, Moisés (2018). Two Spies in Caracas. Penguin Random House.
  • Naím, Moisés (2016). Repensar el mundo: 111 sorpresas del siglo XXI. Penguin Random House.
  • Naím, Moisés (2013). The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be. Basic Books & Penguin Random House.
  • Naím, Moisés & Danna, Grasso, Gratteri et. Al (2011). Prodotto Interno Mafia. Einaudi Editore.
  • Naím, Moisés (2006). Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers, and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy. Anchor.
  • Naím, Moisés & Smith, Gordon (2000). Altered States: Globalization, Sovereignty, and Governance. IDRC Books.
  •  Naím, Moisés & Tulchin, Joseph (1999). Competition Policy, Deregulation and Modernization in Latin America. Lynne Rienner Publishers.
  • Naím, Moisés & Edwards, Sebastian (1998). Mexico 1994: Anatomy of an Emerging-Market Crash. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • Naím, Moisés & Hale, et al (1995). Is the Atlantic Widening? Atlantic Area Nations After the Cold War: Papers from the 1994 Atlantic Conference. The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Naím, Moisés & Goodman, Louis W.; Forman, Johanna Mendelson; Tulchin, Joseph S. & Bland, Gary (1995). Lessons of the Venezuelan Experience. Woodrow Wilson Center Press.
  • Naím, Moisés (1993). Paper Tigers and Minotaurs: The Politics of Venezuela’s Economic Reforms. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • Naím, Moisés (1989). Las Empresas Venezolanas: Su Gerencia. IESA Editions.
  • Naím, Moisés & Piñango (1984). El Caso Venezuela: Una Ilusión de Armonía. IESA Editions.
  • Naím, Moisés (1982). Multinacionales: La Economía Política de las Inversiones Extranjeras. Caracas: Monte Ávila, Editores.
  • Naím, Moisés & Francés, Tello (1981). Competencia y Regulación: Alternativas para la Economía Venezolana. IESA Editions.
  • Naím, Moisés & Stambouli, Gil, Romero (1980). Introducción al Análisis de las Políticas en Venezuela. CONICIT.

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