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David B. Rivkin Jr.

Senior Fellow

Areas of Impact:

Terrorist Detainees

Biography:

David B. Rivkin, Jr. is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a partner in the Washington office of Baker Hostetler LLP.

Mr. Rivkin specializes in regulatory and appellate litigation work, with a particular emphasis on complex constitutional and public policy issues. Before returning to the private sector in 1993, he served in a variety of legal and policy positions in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, including stints in the White House Counsel’s office, Office of the Vice President, and the Departments of Justice and Energy.  

While in government, Mr. Rivkin handled a variety of national security and domestic issues, including environmental and energy policy, as well as tax, trade, and constitutional issues. During the 1970s and 1980s, he served as a defense and foreign policy analyst focusing on Soviet affairs, arms control, naval strategy, and NATO-related issues.

Mr. Rivkin holds a JD degree from Columbia University Law School, a Master’s degree in Soviet Affairs from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor’s of Science from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service.

He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has published in news outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The New York Times, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Policy Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, American University Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and University of Chicago Journal of International Law.

He has also offered expert commentary on broadcast media including CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News, NPR, PBS, BBC, and international networks.

David B. Rivkin, Jr. is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a partner in the Washington office of Baker Hostetler LLP.

Mr. Rivkin specializes in regulatory and appellate litigation work, with a particular emphasis on complex constitutional and public policy issues. Before returning to the private sector in 1993, he served in a variety of legal and policy positions in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, including stints in the White House Counsel’s office, Office of the Vice President, and the Departments of Justice and Energy.  

While in government, Mr. Rivkin handled a variety of national security and domestic issues, including environmental and energy policy, as well as tax, trade, and constitutional issues. During the 1970s and 1980s, he served as a defense and foreign policy analyst focusing on Soviet affairs, arms control, naval strategy, and NATO-related issues.

Mr. Rivkin holds a JD degree from Columbia University Law School, a Master’s degree in Soviet Affairs from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor’s of Science from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service.

He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has published in news outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The New York Times, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Policy Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, American University Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and University of Chicago Journal of International Law.

He has also offered expert commentary on broadcast media including CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News, NPR, PBS, BBC, and international networks.

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Apple, the FBI and free speech: Column

19th February 2016 – USA Today

Apple, the FBI and free speech: Column

David B. Rivkin

A court order that compels the iPhone-maker to write and then sign new code may violate the First Amendment. more...

Analysis & Commentary

24th July 2017 – Quoted by Peter Baker - The New York Times

Trump White House Tests a Nation’s Capacity for Outrage

David B. Rivkin

When President Trump publicly declared last weekend that his Justice Department should investigate Hillary Clinton, his exhortation generated relatively little reaction. more...

9th July 2017 – Quoted by Rick Moran - PJ Media

Trump Administration May Begin Sending Terrorists to Guantanamo Again

David B. Rivkin

Donald Trump promised during the campaign that he would not only keep the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, open but also send additional terrorists prisoners there. It now appears that his administration is serious about keeping that campaign promise. more...

8th July 2017 – Quoted by Rebecca Kheel - The Hill

Trump officials signal intent to begin refilling Guantanamo

David B. Rivkin

The Trump administration appears to be making its first moves toward fulfilling a campaign promise to fill the Guantanamo Bay prison camp with “bad dudes.” more...

19th February 2016 – USA Today

Apple, the FBI and free speech: Column

David B. Rivkin

A court order that compels the iPhone-maker to write and then sign new code may violate the First Amendment. more...