Kenneth R. Weinstein is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Institute. He joined the Institute in 1991, and was appointed CEO in June 2005. Weinstein was named President and CEO in March 2011.
A political theorist by training whose academic work focuses on the early Enlightenment, Weinstein has written widely on international affairs for leading publications in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has been decorated with a knighthood in Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication as a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Weinstein is listed in Who's Who in America.
He serves by presidential appointment and Senate confirmation as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the oversight body for U.S. government civilian international media, including such networks as the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and Middle East Broadcasting. Weinstein previously served by presidential appointment and Senate confirmation on the National Humanities Council, the governing body of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Weinstein has been a member of numerous non-governmental commissions and task forces on foreign and defense policy, and serves on the boards of non-profit organizations in the U.S. and in Europe.
Weinstein graduated from The University of Chicago (B.A. in General Studies in the Humanities), the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (D.E.A. in Soviet and Eastern European Studies), and Harvard University (Ph.D. in Political Science).
Weinstein's articles and book reviews on public policy topics have appeared in more than 100 publications, including The Asia-Pacific Review (Japan), Bungei Shunju (Japan), Le Figaro (France), Le Monde (France), The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard and the Yomiuri Shimbun. He is a regular guest on radio and television, speaks French and German, and has been interviewed by major broadcast and cable outlets around the world, including ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News, the BBC, the CBC, TF-1, France 2, Radio Canada, and NHK. Weinstein, a frequent guest on French television and radio, has served as in-studio commentator for live French-language coverage of U.S. congressional and presidential elections since 1996.
Weinstein's articles and translations have been published by numerous presses, most notably, Atlantic Books, Lexington Books, Ratio Juris (Italy), Tokuma Shoten (Japan), and the Princeton University Press. He is the co-editor, with Paul Aligica, of The Essential Herman Kahn: In Defense of Thinking (Lexington Books, 2009).