The Cosmopolitan Globalist is an international news magazine, published online. We are journalists, experts, and analysts who live in the regions from which we report. We deliver a rigorous analysis of current events, foreign policy, international affairs, economics, politics, trade, democracy, human rights, and law, viewed through an erudite, clear-minded, and cosmopolitan lens.
English is our primary language of publication, and our primary audience is Anglophone, but we are not national, nationalist, partisan, narrow-minded, or provincial. Our outlook is global: We aim for the articles we publish to be of interest to everyone in the world.
What is our editorial perspective?
We are committed to the cosmopolitan ideals of the Enlightenment. We believe in rational inquiry, free speech, free trade, progress, tolerance, fraternity, limited and constitutional governance, the rule of law, and the separation of state from church, temple, and mosque. We are deeply concerned that these ideals may not survive the digital age. This concern and the questions its prompts shape our editorial decisions. We envision CG as a conversation with readers who are likewise concerned, and who wish to explore these questions with us—from as many angles as there are nations on this earth.
Cosmopolitanism in no way means ignorance of local languages, culture, and particularities; in fact, it means the contrary. Assuming other cultures are much like one’s own is a characteristic mark of provincialism. We will thus deliver world-class coverage of consequential events even as we consider every issue from a highly informed local perspective.
We do not chase breaking news. We strive for our coverage to be more intelligent, more astute, and more accurate than that of any other media outlet—and more cosmopolitan, by far, than any other Anglophone publication.
Editorial and Operations
CO-FOUNDER AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
CLAIRE BERLINSKI is an American author and journalist who lives in Paris. For the past 35 years, she has lived and worked in Britain, Thailand, Laos, France, and Turkey as an editor, journalist, academic, consultant, and freelance writer.
After receiving a First Class degree in Modern History and a doctorate in International Relations from Balliol College at Oxford University, Dr. Berlinski reported from Europe and Southeast Asia, where she worked in Bangkok for the original Asia Times. She later spent a decade reporting from Istanbul, where she was the American Foreign Policy Council’s senior fellow for Turkey. She is a Manhattan Institute Scholar and a contributing editor to City Journal. She was also a founder, contributor, and daily editor of Ricochet.
She is the author of two works of non-fiction. The Wall Street Journal described her biography of Margaret Thatcher as “a pleasure to read,” noting that “as an interviewer, Ms. Berlinski is subtle and dogged.” She has also written two spy novels, the rights to which were purchased by Universal Studios.
VIVEK Y. KELKAR
CO-EDITOR AND CEO
VIVEK Y. KELKAR is a researcher, journalist, and strategy consultant with extensive global top management experience across the media and the corporate world. Mr. Kelkar focuses on writing, research, and analysis for the Cosmopolitan Globalist and delivering strategic solutions to a select clientele.
Mr. Kelkar is skilled at analyzing the nuances of political economy, industry, and corporate strategy. He has extensive experience of new product launches, marketing, business strategy, investor relations, and M&A.
A former editor of The Strategist at the Business Standard and a Senior Editor of Business Today, Mr. Kelkar has written extensively for Asia Times, Singapore Business Times, Asia Inc., and Asian Business. He continues to write for Indian and global media. Mr. Kelkar has an M.A. in International Political Economy from the University of Sheffield, U.K. and an M.B.A. from the Ashridge Business School. He is also a visiting faculty at several universities.
TOOMAS HENDRIK ILVES
TOOMAS HENDRIK ILVES served as the President of Estonia between 2006 and 2016. Educated in the United States, he moved to Europe in 1984 to work for Radio Free Europe in Munich, first as a foreign policy analyst and later as the head of the Estonian Desk. From 1993 to 1996, he was Estonia’s ambassador to the United States and Canada. A key figure in devising the strategy to transform Estonia into the world’s most advanced digital economy, he co-founded the Tiger Leap initiative to digitalize Estonian education. From 1996 to 1998, he served as Estonia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs. After serving as the chairman of the North Atlantic Institute, in 1998, he was again appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs, a role he served until 2002. Between 2002 and 2004, he was an MP in the Estonian Parliament.
ADAM GARFINKLE is an American historian and political scientist. He has been a university teacher and a staff member at high levels of the US government, where he was a special aide to both of President George W. Bush’s secretaries of state, Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice. He also served as an aide to General Alexander M. Haig, Jr., and to Senator Henry M. Jackson.
Early in his career, Dr. Garfinkle worked at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He has taught American foreign policy and Middle East politics at the University of Pennsylvania, the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and other institutions of higher learning. Dr. Garfinkle was a member of the National Security Study Group and the lead writer for the US Commission on National Security/21st Century (the Hart-Rudman Commission).
RONALD STEENBLIK has almost forty years of international experience in trade, energy, and environmental policy, about which he has written extensively. Mr. Steenblik was the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Special Counselor for Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform, where he oversaw the OECD’s work on government support to fossil fuels and chaired the G20’s peer reviews of fossil-fuel subsidy reform. His research during the past three decades has focused on trade, environment, energy, agriculture, and fisheries.
A non-resident Senior Fellow of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Mr. Steenblik served as the IISD’s first Director of Research for the Global Subsidies Initiative. He advises negotiations on liberalizing trade in environmental goods and services and quantifying and reforming subsidies to fossil fuels, including subsidies to primary plastic production.
DR. STEVEN SEGGIE
DR. STEVEN SEGGIE is the Academic Director of the EMBA and Associate Professor of Marketing at ESSEC Business School, Paris. He is a business consultant and associate at FC Sports Marketing. Dr. Seggie teaches and researches in the areas of managing uncertainty, inter-organizational relationships, new product launch, lean startup innovation for corporates, and venture capital/startup accelerators.
His consulting is focused on helping companies both large and small to solve problems. We live in uncertain times. Dr. Seggie helps companies to improve their operational value streams in these times of uncertainty by using lean startup principles in corporate innovation; developing international market entry strategies from partner selection to execution; distribution channel design; and M&A investment decisions.