Ben Rhodes is a writer, political commentator, and national security analyst. He is currently a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC; cohost of Pod Save the World; a senior advisor to former President Barack Obama; and chair of National Security Action. From 2009-2017, Ben served as a Deputy National Security Advisor. In that capacity, he participated in all of President Obama’s key decisions, and oversaw the President’s national security communications, speechwriting, and public diplomacy. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made,” and “The World As It Is.” His work has been published in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Foreign Affairs.