Kotkin is an international fellow of Pepperdine University School of Business in Los Angeles, a senior fellow of the Center for the New West in Denver, and a senior fellow of the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, DC. He is also founder of the New Visions Business Council of Southern California, a coalition of growth companies and emerging ethnic groups in the Greater Los Angeles area. Kotkin has lectured widely in the United States, Japan, and Europe and has addressed both Democratic and Republican Congressional groups.
In addition, Kotkin has written numerous articles on global competition and the emerging significance of regional trading blocs that have appeared in such publications as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. Kotkin has appeared on Donahue, CNN's Crossfire, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and Tony Brown's Journal on PBS.