Published on Jan 17, 2016
Mandelbaum was named one of the top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine “for teaching America how to be a hegemon on the cheap.” He is on the Board of Directors of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Mandelbaum worked on security issues at the US Department of State from 1982 to 1983 on a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in the office of Undersecretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger. He later served as an adviser to Bill Clinton.
Speaking on behalf of the United States Information Agency for more than two decades, Mandelbaum has explained American foreign policy to groups throughout Europe, East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, India and the Middle East.
From 1986 To 2003, he was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where he was also the director of its Project on East-West Relations. Mandelbaum was then a Carnegie Scholar (in 2004-2005) of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. From 1984 to 2005 he was the associate director of the Aspen Institute’s Congressional Program on Relations With the Former Communist World.
He has taught at Harvard University, Columbia University and the US Naval Academy. He also taught business executives at the Wharton Advanced Management Program in the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mandelbaum is a frequent commentator on American foreign policy. From 1985 to 2005, he wrote a regular foreign affairs analysis column for Newsday. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Time and the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Charlie Rose (talk show), Nightline, and PBS NewsHour.
His first book The Nuclear Question: The United States and Nuclear Weapons, was published in 1979. The Economist called it “an excellent history of American nuclear policy…a clear, readable book.”
He wrote The Dawn of Peace in Europe in 1996. Walter Russell Mead in The New York Times Book Review called it a “brilliant book that combines the most lucid exposition yet of the post-cold-war order in Europe with a devastating critique of the Clinton Administration’s foreign policy.”
In 1988, he published The Fate of Nations: The Search for National Security in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Publishers Weekly said, “Mandelbaum’s book is brilliant and enjoyable…[he] charts how nations find ways of acting together in diplomatically organized groups for defensive purposes, and he analyses certain countries’ specific roles and histories. His knowledge of philosophy, politics, history and economics results in a stunning delineation of centuries of military actions, political maneuverings and cultural uprisings.” In 1996, he wrote The Dawn of Peace in Europe. Walter Russell Mead in The New York Times Book Review called it a “brilliant book that combines the most lucid exposition yet of the post-cold-war order in Europe with a devastating critique of the Clinton Administration’s foreign policy.”
In 2002, he published The Ideas That Conquered the World: Peace, Democracy and Free Markets in the Twenty-first Century. The New York Times Book Review said it was “A formidable and thought-provoking tour d’horizon. Best of all, it gives readers something to argue about.” In 2006, he wrote The Case For Goliath: How America Acts As The World’s Government in the Twenty-first Century, in which he argues that United States dominance in global affairs is better than the alternatives.
In 2010, he wrote The Frugal Superpower: America’s Global Leadership in a Cash-Strapped Era., in which he argued the 2008 economic crisis and United States economic obligations will redraw the boundaries of American foreign policy. Published in 2011, That Used To Be Us addresses the 4 major problems America faces today and their solution. In his view, these problems are: globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation’s chronic deficits, and its pattern of energy consumption.