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Adam Garfinkle

Adam Garfinkle

Adam Garfinkle, a member of the editorial board of American Purpose, was the founding editor of The American Interest.

Garfinkle is a senior fellow and serves on the board of advisors at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He was a staff member at high levels of the U.S. government, where he was speechwriter for both of President George W. Bush’s secretaries of state, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania and taught American foreign policy in universities between 1980 and 1993.

Articles and Events

Of Words and Deeds
Tribute

Of Words and Deeds

While serving as Colin Powell’s speechwriter at the State Department, Adam Garfinkle learned the distinction more clearly than ever.

Adam Garfinkle
Fascinating Rhythm

Fascinating Rhythm

The story of race in America isn’t a straight line but an improvisation, featuring not just harmonies but collisions that create outcomes no one can anticipate.

Adam Garfinkle
Ricochet Spitefulness

Ricochet Spitefulness

Large parts of the U.S. electorate acted on a surprising negative impulse in the 2020 election, a phenomenon that likely will hang around.

Adam Garfinkle
The Quadrivium Fix

The Quadrivium Fix

A plan to remake America, in four mutually reinforcing parts.

Adam Garfinkle

Mar. 8, 2021: Michael Green with Adam Garfinkle on China through Japan's eyes.

Join us on March 8, 2021 to hear Michael Green discuss China through Japan's Eyes. The event will be moderated by Adam Garfinkle. Michael Green is the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and director of Asian Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign

Adam Garfinkle
Tribulations of the Second Trial

Tribulations of the Second Trial

Republicans failed to hold Donald Trump accountable—again. The only safe way forward for American democracy is for voters to hold his acquitters accountable.

Adam Garfinkle
The Collapse of Reality

The Collapse of Reality

Mass entertainment, technological advance, and the lure of the internet have brought us to a place we’ve never been before.

Adam Garfinkle
The Darkening Mind

The Darkening Mind

Positive-sum thinking is a hallmark of classical liberalism. Let’s hope we can hold onto it.

Adam Garfinkle