Scott Malcomson

Fellow, International Security Program

Scott Malcomson is a fellow with New America's International Security program. He has worked as a journalist and author in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North and South America. His writing has focused on the real-world fortunes of civilization-organizing ideas such as globalization, the Muslim umma, international civil society, race, nationalism, and cyberspace; his current focus is on the rise of nationalism in an age of globalization.

Malcomson was foreign editor of the New York Times Magazine (2004−11) and a contributor to the Times, the New Yorker, and many other publications. He has been an executive at two global NGOs and was a senior official at the United Nations and the U.S. State Department. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and PEN.

Malcomson is the author of Tuturani: A Political Journey in the Pacific Islands (1990), Empire’s Edge: Travels in South-eastern Europe, Turkey and Central Asia (1994), One Drop of Blood: The American Misadventure of Race (2000), Generation’s End: A Personal Memoir of American Political Power after 9/11 (2010), and Splinternet: How Geopolitics and Commerce Are Fragmenting the World Wide Web (2016).

He provides political-risk intelligence and communications advice to individual and institutional investors and several Fortune 500 companies.

All Work

Trump Could Push Us Into Arms Negotiations

Scott Malcomson wrote for the Washington Post about changes in nuclear posture, cyber threats, and geopolitical trends.

A Self-Inflicted Wound In Hungary

Scott Malcomson wrote for the Huffington Post about a proposed bill giving the Hungarian government more control over academic institutions.

Which Cyber Side Are You On?

SCOTT MALCOMSON wrote for the Carnegie Corporation of New York about cyber-security.

American Hustle: We Are Our Choices

Scott Malcomson spoke with Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group about the challenges facing the next president.

European Nationalism Goes Mainstream

Scott Malcomson wrote for the Huffington Post about nationalism in Europe.