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Hon. James P. Rubin

Former US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs

James P. Rubin serves as Special Envoy and Coordinator for the U.S. Department of State's Global Engagement Center. Before joining the State Department, Mr. Rubin served as Diplomatic Counsellor to the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, advising Secretary General Mathias Cormann on global affairs. He was Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs under President Clinton, Chief Spokesman for the State Department between 1997 and 2000.

"A veteran foreign policy expert and distinguished political advisor"

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In detail

James Rubin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. From 2005 to 2007 he was Anchor and World Affairs Commentator for Sky News. He was a top policy adviser to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and has since held numerous senior positions in the international media, including at Sky News and Bloomberg and is a regular contributor on politics and international affairs on television and in the press. Since 2014 James writes a regular column on foreign affairs for the Sunday Times and serves on the Board of the International Peace Institute and was Visiting Scholar from 2013 to 2014 at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford. He has also been a visiting professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and the London School of Economics.

What he offers you

James provides behind-the-scenes perspectives on his personal experience over the last two decades, spanning the globe from Middle East and Iraq to Russia and China, having worked closely to some of the most relevant figures in the international political and diplomatic scene.

How he presents

James Rubin is an eloquent speaker and exceptionally qualified to address global audiences on a wide range of topics.


James presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • Foreign Affairs
  • The Global Geopolitical and Economic Landscape
  • Behind the Scenes of the World Stage
  • International Policy Making
  • US - European Relations
  • Foreign Policy: Handling Crisis and Moving Forward in an Age of Uncertainty


  • James is a very polished and compelling speaker, he gave a very good performance - Marketing Services Agency


  • 2000
    He received the State Department's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award
  • 1998
    Mr. Rubin was the recipient of Columbia University's John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement

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