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Kenneth R. Weinstein

President and CEO

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, including Bungei Shunju (Japan), Le Figaro (France), Le Monde (France), The Wall Street Journal, and the Yomiuri Shimbun.

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, and serves on the boards of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Europe.

He serves as Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the oversight body for U.S. government civilian international media, including 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.

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. 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.

He is the co-editor, with Paul Aligica, of The Essential Herman Kahn: In Defense of Thinking (Lexington Books, 2009).

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 Government).

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Kenneth Weinstein quoted in Fox News on Vice President Mike Pence

Kenneth R. Weinstein quoted in Firstpost on the trilateral India-U.S.-Japan relationship

Taipei Times and Focus Taiwan report on Hudson delegation’s meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen

Ken Weinstein quoted in NewsMax on the influence of Gen. H.R. McMaster

Kenneth Weinstein and Arthur Herman quoted in Agence France-Presse on the US, Japan, and the current global security environment

Kenneth Weinstein quoted in The Wall Street Journal on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s strategy for President Trump

Hudson Institute’s homeland security event with Congressman Michael McCaul written up in The Hill

Kenneth R. Weinstein interviewed in Haberdar (Turkey) on U.S.-Turkey Relations

Kenneth R. Weinstein quoted in France Info on Pope Francis’s and President Obama’s common interests

Ken Weinstein quoted in RFI (France) on U.S.‘s strategy on ISIS

Ken Weinstein quoted in NewsMax on Netanyahu’s speech and public perception

Ken Weinstein quoted in Il Foglio (Italy) on French Prime Minister Valls and liberal lnterventionism

Ken Weinstein quoted in NewsMax Online on President Obama’s reluctance to arm the Ukrainians against Russia