Adam M. Garfinkle
(born June 1, 1951 in Washington, D. C.) is the editor of The American Interest
, a bimonthly public policy magazine. He was previously editor of another such publication, The National Interest
. He has been a university teacher and a staff member at high levels of the U.S. government. He was a speechwriter to more than one U.S. Secretary of State.
(letter to the editor)
Garfinkle was a speechwriter for both George W. Bush's Secretaries of State, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. He was editor of The National Interest and left to edit The American Interest magazine in 2005. Francis Fukuyama, Eliot Cohen, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Josef Joffe, and Ruth Wedgwood were among the magazine's founding leadership.
Early in his career, Dr. Garfinkle worked at theForeign Policy Research Institute (1972–1978 and from 1981). He taught American foreign policy and Middle East politics at theUniversity of Pennsylvania (1980–1989) andThe Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. He has also taught atDrexel University (1980), Widener College (Chester, Pennsylvania) (1981),Haverford College (1991),and Tel Aviv University (1992–1993).He served on the staff of the National Security Study Group of the US Commission on National Security/21st Century (the Hart-Rudman Commission), as an aide to General Alexander M. Haig, Jr. (1979–1980), and an assistant to Senator Henry M. Jackson (1979). As of 2009, he was a member of the project "Middle East at Harvard" (MESH).
Garfinkle has a B.A., M.A. (both 1972) and Ph.D. (1979) in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
He enjoys music, baseball, stamps, coins.