Bruce Stokes is the director of global economic attitudes at the Pew Research Center. He is also a non-resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and an associate fellow at Chatham House. He is the former international economics columnist for the National Journal, a Washington-based public policy magazine.  He was also a former senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he is a member.

He is the author or co-author of Pew’s recent surveys: America’s Global Image Remains More Positive than China’s; Japanese Public’s Mood Rebounding, Abe Highly Popular; The New Sick Man of Europe: the European Union; Economies of Emerging Markets Rated Better During Difficult Times; European Unity on the Rocks; Pervasive Gloom About the World Economy and Deepening Economic Doubts in India. 

He is coauthor, with Andrew Kohut, of the book America Against the World: How We Are Different and Why We Are Disliked (Times Books, 2006), author of the 2009 GMF Transatlantic Trends survey and one of the creators of the Pew Global Attitudes Survey.

In 2012, Stokes co-authored A New Era for Transatlantic Trade Leadership (European Centre for International Political Economy, Brussels) and The Case for Renewing Transatlantic Capitalism (demosEuropa, Warsaw).

In 1987 and again in 1989, Mr. Stokes was a Japan Society Fellow, living in and reporting from Japan for five months. In 1997, he was a member of President Clinton's Commission on United States-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy and he wrote its final report Building American Prosperity in the 21st Century.

He is also the author of A New Beginning: Recasting the U.S.-Japan Economic Relationship (Council on Foreign Relations, 2000) and co-authored Democratizing U.S. Trade Policy (Council on Foreign Relations, 2001). He is the co-author of the book The Tests of War and the Strains of Peace (Council on Foreign Relations, 1998) on the U.S.-Japan security relationship. He is also the author of numerous shorter studies, including Japanese Investment in the United States: Its Causes and Consequences (Japan Society, 1989) and The Inevitability of Managed Trade (Japan Society, 1990).

While at the Council on Foreign Relations, he also edited the books Partners or Competitors: The Prospects for U.S.-European Cooperation on Asian Trade (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999),  Future Visions for U.S. Trade Policy (Council on Foreign Relations, 1998), Trade Strategies for a New Era: Ensuring U.S. Leadership in a Global Economy (Council on Foreign Relations, 1998) and Open for Business: Creating a Transatlantic Marketplace (Council on Foreign Relations: 1996).

He is the author of Helping Ourselves: Local Solutions to Global Problems (W.W. Norton, 1981) and five Worldwatch Institute papers. 

In 2006, Mr. Stokes was honored by the Coalition of Service Industries for his reporting on services issues. In 2004, he was chosen by International Economy magazine as one of the most influential China watchers in the American press. In 1995, he was picked by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the "Best on Business" reporters in Washington. In 1989, Stokes won the coveted John Hancock award for excellence in business and economics reporting for his series on the impact of the rising yen on the Japanese economy.

From 1975-1982, Mr. Stokes was a senior researcher and one of the founders of Worldwatch Institute, a Washington-based environmental think tank. In 1983, he was an editor of All Things Considered, the evening news program of National Public Radio.

Born in Butler, Pa. February 12, 1948, he is a 1970 graduate of the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, a 1974 graduate of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and attended Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1974-75. He also studied at the Institute of European Studies in Paris, France; at the Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University in Italy and at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

Bruce Stokes

Bruce Stokes is the executive director of the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Task Force: Together or Alone? Choices and Strategies for Transatlantic Relations for 2021 and Beyond.

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