Rachel Marsden

Rachel Marsden is a conservative commentator, international political strategist and university professor based in Paris, France. A former Fox News co-host and contributor, she has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox Business, Al Jazeera, France24, LCP TV France, Paris Premiere (France), iTele (France), Global Television (Canada) and Sirius Satellite Radio. A professor in the Graduate School of the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, she has written for the Wall Street Journal, Human Events, Spectator Magazine, The Hudson Institute and other commercial and think-tank publications.

Marsden served as director of a key think tank during the lead-up to the Iraq war and has run political and private-sector campaigns in North America and abroad.

Her website can be found at http://www.rachelmarsden.com.

Recent Work

Taking Our Lives Back From COVID-19 is Up to Us, Not the Government
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Taking Our Lives Back From COVID-19 is Up to Us, Not the Government
April 20, 2021
by Rachel Marsden

Season One was the gripping saga of a new, mysterious and potentially plague-like virus sweeping across the globe and spooking governments into sending everyone into hiding at home. Then came Season Two: The Variants. But many people have already switched off and tuned out. Good for... Read More

Macron is Becoming Everything Trump Should Have Been
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Macron is Becoming Everything Trump Should Have Been
February 16, 2021
by Rachel Marsden

The gatekeepers of the establishment status quo don’t have Donald Trump to kick around anymore. Except that Trump’s voters — more than 74 million of them — aren’t going anywhere. These are people who chose Trump despite all of the daily shenanigans, tweets and drama, and... Read More

Republican Party Needs to Move on From Trump and Decide What it Stands for
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Republican Party Needs to Move on From Trump and Decide What it Stands for
February 2, 2021
by Rachel Marsden

Donald Trump destabilized the Republican Party, and it’s still stumbling around like it’s punch-drunk. The GOP needs to get its act together fast or risk handing the Democrats free rein to change the face of America. President Joe Biden wasted no time issuing numerous executive orders... Read More

Questions About Foreign Dealings Still Unanswered as Trump Leaves Office
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Questions About Foreign Dealings Still Unanswered as Trump Leaves Office
January 19, 2021
by Rachel Marsden

We now know at least three things about the Trump administration that raise unanswered questions as the president leaves office. First, that he had cutouts — associates and loyalists — stumbling around the world, wheeling and dealing and using Trump’s position to try to obtain favors... Read More

Targeted Assassinations Could Open a Pandora’s Box
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Targeted Assassinations Could Open a Pandora’s Box
December 1, 2020
by Rachel Marsden

PARIS — When U.S. President Donald Trump recently requested from his national security advisers a series of options for targeting Iran’s main nuclear site, Natanz, his advisers reportedly deterred him from ordering a conventional missile strike. But a question loomed: What option did Trump choose instead?... Read More

Pandemic-leveraging ‘Great Reset’ Is Hardly a Myth
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Pandemic-leveraging ‘Great Reset’ Is Hardly a Myth
November 24, 2020
by Rachel Marsden

PARIS — Mainstream media outlets have spilled copious amounts of ink dismissing the “Great Reset” — the notion that the global COVID-19 pandemic is being exploited by global decisionmakers to usher in a self-serving agenda — as little more than a figment of active imaginations. The... Read More

Rational People, Party Politics and Our Patriotic Duty
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Rational People, Party Politics and Our Patriotic Duty
October 5, 2020
by Rachel Marsden

PARIS — It’s almost that time again. As another U.S. presidential election ramps up, so does the frequency of remarks along the lines of: “If (the candidate I oppose) wins, I’m moving to (state that overwhelmingly supports the candidate I support).” Some people even vow to... Read More

Why Trump Could Win a Second Term
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Why Trump Could Win a Second Term
September 8, 2020
by Rachel Marsden

It would be a huge mistake to write off the 2020 U.S. presidential race result as a foregone conclusion. Many did so in 2016, taking as a no-brainer that Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump. Some self-deluded Clinton supporters found it so impossible to believe that... Read More

Trump's G-7 Press Conference Stands in Contrast to His Twitter Rants
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Trump's G-7 Press Conference Stands in Contrast to His Twitter Rants
August 27, 2019
by Rachel Marsden

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- At the conclusion of the annual Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, U.S. President Donald Trump emerged on the world stage for a joint press conference with the summit host, French President Emmanuel Macron. It was arguably the best performance of... Read More

Foreign-Policy Meddling Has Become a Two-Way Street
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Foreign-Policy Meddling Has Become a Two-Way Street
March 12, 2019
by Rachel Marsden

PARIS -- Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney reportedly tore into current Vice President Mike Pence at a retreat on Sea Island, Georgia, last weekend in front of an exclusive audience of Republican donors. The annual retreat is sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, where President... Read More

After Middle East Defeats, Neocon Retreads Look to Venezuela for an Easy Win
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After Middle East Defeats, Neocon Retreads Look to Venezuela for an Easy Win
January 29, 2019
by Rachel Marsden

PARIS -- Breaking with his predecessors, U.S. President Donald Trump has shown a consistent distaste for Middle Eastern wars. Complex, messy, tribal -- it really makes a neocon long for the good old days of Latin... Read More

Canada and Africa Caught in the Crossfire as US and China Trade Blows
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Canada and Africa Caught in the Crossfire as US and China Trade Blows
December 18, 2018
by Rachel Marsden

The relationship between the U.S. and China is like a game of water polo: competitive yet relatively civil on the surface, but rife with scratching and groin-kicking underwater. A top executive of a Chinese telecommunications... Read More

Saudi Influence on US Foreign Policy May Be Coming to an End
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Saudi Influence on US Foreign Policy May Be Coming to an End
December 12, 2018
by Rachel Marsden

One of the U.S. military-industrial complex's longest-running foreign-war charades may soon come to an end despite objections from the White House. What's puzzling is why President Donald Trump isn't standing up for the values on which he campaigned... Read More

Will a Multipolar World Be Trump's Legacy?
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Will a Multipolar World Be Trump's Legacy?
October 30, 2018
by Rachel Marsden

It's obvious that U.S. President Donald Trump's interests closely adhere to those of his favorite programs on Fox News. I should know -- I used to co-host a Fox News show. When I asked at one point why we weren't discussing... Read More

Did Americans Help Train Khashoggi's Killers?
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Did Americans Help Train Khashoggi's Killers?
October 23, 2018
by Rachel Marsden

After initial denials, Saudi Arabia has admitted that Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi died inside its consulate in Istanbul earlier this... Read More

American Support of Saudi Arabia Has Backfired in a Big Way
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American Support of Saudi Arabia Has Backfired in a Big Way
October 17, 2018
by Rachel Marsden

PARIS -- Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist working for the Washington Post, is believed to have been murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, and now the spotlight is shining brightly on U.S.-Saudi relations. Saudi Arabia long ago hijacked American foreign policy with... Read More

Capitalism's Victory in Brazil Proves US Door-Kicking Isn't Necessary
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Capitalism's Victory in Brazil Proves US Door-Kicking Isn't Necessary
October 9, 2018
by Rachel Marsden

What happened to America's obsession with Latin America? During the Cold War, it was pretty much all we ever heard about on the foreign policy front. These days, it's doubtful that U.S. leadership would spit on Latin... Read More

New Strategic Focus an Improvement, but US Must Abandon Nation-State Cronyism
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New Strategic Focus an Improvement, but US Must Abandon Nation-State Cronyism
October 3, 2018
by Rachel Marsden

It's all laid out in black and white in the Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy: "Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in U.S. national security." Last month, CIA Director... Read More

Social Media Propaganda Isn't Changing Any Functional Minds
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Social Media Propaganda Isn't Changing Any Functional Minds
September 26, 2018
by Rachel Marsden

In the endless attempt to undermine the legitimacy of U.S. President Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 election, much has been made of the role of social media. Read More

Trump shouldn't let himself be manipulated by agenda-driven cronies
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Trump shouldn't let himself be manipulated by agenda-driven cronies
September 19, 2018
by Rachel Marsden

Despite his generally good instincts, U.S. President Donald Trump is proving that his biggest weakness is on the foreign affairs front, an area where his background is lacking. This forces him to rely on unelected advisers, many of whom seem to be peddling their own ... Read More

U.S. Foreign Aid Should be Redirected to Risk-Taking Companies
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U.S. Foreign Aid Should be Redirected to Risk-Taking Companies
September 4, 2018
by Rachel Marsden

PARIS -- The Pentagon cancelled $300 million worth of military aid to Pakistan, just as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, was preparing to travel to Islamabad to meet with Prime Minister Imran Khan. The move is no doubt a negotiating tactic to get Pakistan to stop... Read More

Democracy Has Become a Useful Excuse for Endless Foreign Meddling
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Democracy Has Become a Useful Excuse for Endless Foreign Meddling
August 28, 2018
by Rachel Marsden

Am I the only one sick of hearing about how we should launch headlong into another conflict in the name of democracy? Read More

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