Dr. Markos Kounalakis

Dr. Markos Kounalakis

Dr. Markos Kounalakis


Dr. Markos Kounalakis was appointed to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in 2017.

Dr. Markos Kounalakis is a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Dr. Kounalakis is President and Publisher Emeritus of the Washington Monthly and writes a foreign affairs column for The Sacramento Bee and McClatchy-Tribune News. He is currently writing a book on the geopolitics of global news networks.

A political scientist, Dr. Kounalakis has developed an interdisciplinary specialization in global media effects on foreign policy. His research bridges theories of communications, soft power, neoclassical realism, and rising powers. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, Master of Science degree in Journalism at Columbia University, and graduated summa cum laude with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Political Science and International Relations, at Central European University.

Dr. Kounalakis was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in Europe from1988 to1989, studying at both the Bundesakademie für öffentliche Verwaltung in Bonn, Germany, and the École Nationale d'Administration in Paris in1989. As an international journalism Graduate Fellow at the University of Southern California from1995 to1996, he spent time at El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City (1996), Guatemala (1995), and Cuba (1996).

Dr. Kounalakis is a veteran print and network broadcast journalist and author, who covers wars and revolutions, both civil and technological. In the 1980s and 1990s, he reported on the overthrow of communism for Newsweek in East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria and the outbreak of ethnic strife and war in Yugoslavia. Dr. Kounalakis also ran the magazine’s Prague bureau. After Newsweek, he worked in the USSR as the NBC Radio and Mutual News Moscow correspondent covering the fall of the Soviet Union as well as the war in Afghanistan.

Dr. Kounalakis has written three books: Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton (Beyond Words Publishing, 1993); Beyond Spin: The Power of Strategic Corporate Journalism (coauthor, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999); and Hope is a Tattered Flag: Voices of Reason and Change for the Post-Bush Era (PoliPointPress, 2008).

Dr. Kounalakis serves on the Board of Councilors at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; and the Board of Advisors at USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy. He is a former member of the Board of Advisors at Georgetown College; a former member of the Wilson Council at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWICS); a former member of the Board of Directors at the Center for National Policy; and former Vice Chairman of the Board of Advisers for the Southeast Europe Project at WWICS.

Dr. Kounalakis served as Chairman of Internews Network from 2002 to2004; Vice Chairman of the California State World Trade Commission from 2001to 2003; member of the Board of Trustees of the Western Policy Center (2001-2005); member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California from 2006 to2008; and member of the National Governing Board of Common Cause from 2006 to2008. In June 2003, he chaired a multinational reconstruction conference in Athens, Greece, at which Iraq’s media laws were drafted.

Dr. Kounalakis is married to Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, the mother of his two sons, Neo and Eon, and the former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary.