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.

Recent Work

After Middle East Defeats, Neocon Retreads Look to Venezuela for an Easy Win Opinions
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 Opinions
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 Opinions
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? Opinions
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? Opinions
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 Opinions
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 Opinions
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 Opinions
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 Opinions
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 Opinions
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 Opinions
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 Opinions
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

Opinions

What to Watch at China's Biggest Meeting of the Year China
What to Watch at China's Biggest Meeting of the Year

HONG KONG — Some 3,000 of the most powerful officials in China are preparing for the annual parliamentary pageantry known as the National People’s Congress. Although it’s China’s main legislature, the ruling... Read More

How Clarence Thomas Used a Civil Case Against Bill Cosby to Call for a Re-Examination of Libel Laws Supreme Court
How Clarence Thomas Used a Civil Case Against Bill Cosby to Call for a Re-Examination of Libel Laws

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Supreme Court announced said Tuesday that it would not consider a defamation case involving Bill Cosby. But the announcement came with a twist: Justice Clarence Thomas used the appeal... Read More

Judge Orders Roger Stone to Court Over Harsh Instagram Post In The News
Judge Orders Roger Stone to Court Over Harsh Instagram Post

WASHINGTON — As a provocative Republican operative and former adviser to President Donald Trump, Roger Stone has always described his political strategy as “attack, attack, attack.” Read More

US-Saudi Nuclear Talks Prompt Deeper Probe by House Democrats Congress
US-Saudi Nuclear Talks Prompt Deeper Probe by House Democrats

WASHINGTON — A House committee is deepening its investigation into what it describes as ongoing White House efforts to “rush” the transfer of highly sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, a move some... Read More

Karl Lagerfeld, Designer Who Translated the Mood of the Moment and Saved Chanel, Dies In The News
Karl Lagerfeld, Designer Who Translated the Mood of the Moment and Saved Chanel, Dies

Karl Lagerfeld, who transformed Chanel from a faded fashion empire into a world power of style, has died. He was about 85. Lagerfeld, who also designed the Chloe collection, Fendi furs and his own brand-name... Read More

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