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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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Obama’s Security Council Gambit

15th March 2015 – The National Interest

Obama’s Security Council Gambit

David B. Rivkin

The administration should eschew this path and accept what the Constitution requires – Senate approval of the treaty it is now negotiating. more...

Analysis & Commentary

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...

8th November 2015 – Quoted by Brian Dowling - The Boston Herald

Pentagon Expected to Present Plan to Close Guantanamo

David B. Rivkin

The Pentagon is expected this week to unveil a plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and move terrorists to U.S. soil, suggesting prisons such as the ­Supermax in Colorado that houses marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a suitable site for detainees whom officials believe should never be released. more...

10th September 2015 – Quoted by The Wall Street Journal

Iran No Confidence Vote

David B. Rivkin

The Senate held its first showdown vote on the Iranian nuclear deal Thursday, with 58 Senators having declared their opposition, including four Democrats and Republican non-hawks like Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky. The American public is also overwhelmingly opposed, with a Pew poll this week finding 21% approval for the agreement versus 49% disapproval. more...

8th September 2015 – Quoted by Jonathan S. Tobin - Commentary

Iran Deal Isn’t Legally Valid But That Won’t Stop Democrats

David B. Rivkin

Today, the last pieces fell into place for the administration’s effort to shove a dangerous Iran nuclear deal down the throats of a reluctant Congress and American people. more...