Kenneth R. Weinstein is president and chief executive officer of Hudson Institute, and the inaugural holder of the Walter P. Stern Chair. He joined the Institute in 1991 and was appointed CEO in June 2005. He was named president and CEO in March 2011.
A political theorist by training whose academic work focused on the early Enlightenment, Dr. Weinstein has established a reputation as a go-to influencer and thought leader for policy and opinion leaders in the U.S. and around the world on a range of matters. He has written widely on international affairs for publications in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, and the Yomiuri Shimbun. In 2006, he was decorated with a knighthood in arts and letters by the government of France and serves on the boards of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Europe.
Weinstein serves on the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, which provides counsel on trade agreements to the United States Trade Representative.
From 2017 until 2020, Dr. Weinstein chaired the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the oversight body for U.S. Agency for Global Media, and was chair of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting and the Open Technology Fund. He previously was a member of the National Humanities Council, the governing body of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He is often interviewed by major broadcast and cable outlets around the world, and speaks French and German. A frequent guest on French television and radio, he 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 of The Essential Herman Kahn: In Defense of Thinking (Lexington Books, 2009).
Dr. Weinstein earned his B.A. in general studies in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, D.E.A. in Soviet and Eastern European studies from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.
In March 2020, Weinstein was nominated by President Trump to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Japan.