Ben Rhodes, the architect behind much of President Obama’s foreign policy strategy, was instrumental in the administration’s widely debated re-opening of relations with Cuba and the infamous Syrian red line incident. During his tenure, Rhodes served as both a national security advisor for strategic communications and speechwriter for the former president merging policy and public relations in a newly digital world. Hear from the Time’s “40 Under 40” awardee about his time in the administration as well as his non-traditional path to the White House.
Background reading and multimedia:
- Trump’s Cuba Policy Will Fail
Ben Rhodes, The Atlantic, June 16, 2017
- What Worries Ben Rhodes About Trump
Michael Crowley, Politico Magazine, January/February 2017
- The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru
David Samuels, The New York Times Magazine, May 5, 2016