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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 focused on the early Enlightenment, 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 is chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the oversight body for U.S. Agency for Global Media, whose entities include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and Middle East Broadcasting. Weinstein also serves on the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, which provides counsel on trade agreements to the United States Trade Representative. He previously served on the National Humanities Council, the governing body of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Weinstein 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).

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.

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Seminar on the North Korean Abductions Issue

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Enhancing U.S.-Japan Cooperation: A Conversation with Ambassador Hagerty

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Caught in the Crossfire: Balancing EU relations with the U.S. and China

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The Ambassadors Series: The Romanian Presidency and the European Union

The Ambassadors Series: The Romanian Presidency and the European Union

Delivering Democracy in India

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The Mark Palmer Forum: China’s Global Challenge to Democratic Freedom

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U.S.-China Trade Relations and Challenges: Past, Present, and Future

U.S.-China Trade Relations and Challenges: Past, Present, and Future September 26 Event

Space 2.0: U.S. Competitiveness and Policy in the New Space Era

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The Changing Landscape of Global Philanthropy

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British Politics in Turmoil: A Conversation with Alan Mendoza

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A Discussion with Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked

A Discussion with Israeli Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked May 10th Event

Celebrating Global Philanthropy

Celebrating Global Philanthropy March 7th Event

Facing New Threats: Towards a Transatlantic Renewal July 16th Event

Iran's Missile Program June 2nd Event

National Security, Privacy, and Renewing the USA PATRIOT Act May 13th Event

The Future of the Himalayas

Journalism in the Shadow of the Kremlin April 15th Event

Vladimir Putin and Russia's Increasingly Aggressive Nuclear Threat October 1st Event

Ukraine: Crisis for Central Europe and the Transatlantic Alliance

Jean-Francois Cope on Europe’s Role in the Global Order—and France’s Role in Europe

Rise of Radical Islamism in the South Caucasus: The Threat and the Response

Organization and Innovation in Air Traffic Control

Beyond Retrofitting: Innovation in Higher Education

The Future of Rural Telecommunications

The Future of Free Enterprise: A Discussion with Senator Bob Corker

Climate Policy Holy Wars: Clashing Secular Religions and Stubborn Economic Realities

Defending Defense: America's National Security Strategy and our Defense Budget

The U.S.-Israel Relationship: Twenty Years after Oslo

Doing Health Care Reform the Right Way- Putting the States Back in Charge

The Neoconservative Persuasion: Selected Essays, 1942-2009

The Chinese Colossus: Is the Middle Kingdom's Past a Guide to its Future?

Israel - U.S. Cooperation in Reducing Oil Dependence

A Book Discussion on "The Other Muslims: Moderate and Secular"