Ambassador James Glassman

Founding Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute, Financial Columnist, Diplomat and Author

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Founding Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute, Financial Columnist, Diplomat and Author

Ambassador Glassman’s career spans media, economic and technology policy, business, and government service. For 11 years, he wrote the Sunday investing column on the front page of the Business section of the Washington Post. Since then, he has written a monthly column for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. He was host of three weekly public-affairs programs, two on PBS (“TechnoPolitics” and “Ideas in Action”) and one on CNN (“Capital Gang Sunday”). He has appeared on all the major networks.


Over the last 20 years, he has written more than 3,000 articles – on economics, finance, technology, and foreign policy — for such publications as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. He is the author of three books on investing, including the best-seller Dow 36,000, and has spoken at such forums as the National Press Club, the Detroit Economic Club, and Chatham House (London).


Ambassador Glassman was U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from 2008-09, leading the government-wide global strategic communications effort. During 2007-08, he was Chairman of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America and other government-sponsored TV, radio, and Internet broadcasting. He was confirmed unanimously by the Senate for both positions.

George W. Bush Insitute

From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Founding Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute, the policy arm of the Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. He recently ended a three-year term as a member of the Investor Advisory Committee of the SEC. He was a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute from 1996 to 2016.


He was Editor-in-chief and co-owner of Roll Call, the congressional newspaper; President of the Atlantic Monthly; Publisher of the New Republic; and Executive Vice President of U.S.News & World Report.


Ambassador Glassman is currently chairman of Glassman Enterprises, LLC, a public policy consulting firm whose clients include several Fortune 100 companies in fields such as health care and energy. Previously, he was advisor to Intel, Spint and AT&T.


He is a graduate of Harvard University with a B.A., cum laude, in government and was managing editor of the university daily, The Crimson. He lives in Georgetown with his wife, Beth Ourisman Glassman. They have four children and five grandchildren.

Unfinished Business: The Intersection of Politics, Policy, and the Economy

James Glassman discusses how Congress’ “kicking the can down the road” strategy (in terms of dealing with potential budget cuts, reduced spending, and tax increases) will ultimately affect the American economy. With the self-evident viewpoint that this strategy is not sustainable, he explains how and when this business will have to come to a head and what the protraction means for the American public now and in the future. He also details his ideas for fixing both the economy and this political process of avoidance.

What's Ahead for the Economy?

There is no topic more urgent today than the fate of the global economy. With experience in business, media, politics, economics, and government, James K. Glassman assesses the current economic situation and answers questions like: How much longer will the global recession last? What else can or should the government do through actions like the stimulus package, tax cuts or increases, and measures to shore up financial institutions to reduce the damage and turn the economy around? What are the effects on global trade? What are the effects on special industries and businesses – focusing on the group being addressed – and what can these industries do? For investors, what are the best strategies? Stocks, bonds, cash, gold, real estate?

How to Change Minds

Drawing on his time as the top communications official at the State Department, his years as a newspaper and magazine editor and writer, and his experience as host of three public affairs shows on television, Jim Glassman shares insights on persuasion and influence. Persuasion is the business ALL of us are in. We are always selling, convincing, and trying to get others to do what we want. In a dynamic and fun keynote, Glassman refutes the widespread notion that the best rational arguments prevail. Instead, he shows that people make their decisions mainly on the basis of intuition – an initial, automatic, and unthinking response – and looks at how to get those responses to work for his audience. He shares stories, movie clips, and quotes that leave audiences learning something new that they can apply to their business and personal lives.

Foreign Policy

With his experience in politics, on the news, and as under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs focusing on outreach to foreign publics, James Glassman outlines the current state of foreign policy in the U.S. and addresses what the future will hold for our relationships around the world. He looks at the balance of power around the world and discusses how he thinks that balance will shift, how the economic realities of the global marketplace affect said balance, and how these changes will affect business and trade.

Investing in Today’s Market

Glassman offers audiences an overview of the current financial markets and discusses investing in today’s economy. The author of three books on finance, he has extensive expertise to share for investors who want to be in the know and covers issues like when and where to invest and how to construct a financial investment strategy that protects yourself while still getting the growth needed to ensure a solid financial future and comfortable retirement during turbulent times.

All Ambassador James Glassman Books

Safety Net: The Strategy for De-Risking Your Investments in a Time of Turbulence
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The Secret Code of the Superior Investor: How to Be a Long-Term Winner in a Short-Term World
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Dow 36,000: The New Strategy for Profiting From the Coming Rise in the Stock Market
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Safety Net: The Strategy for De-Risking Your Investments in a Time of Turbulence
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The Secret Code of the Superior Investor: How to Be a Long-Term Winner in a Short-Term World
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