Ian Bremmer

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Global policy expert Ian Bremmer calls for a complete rethink of America’s role in tomorrow’s world. In an increasingly volatile international environment, the question has never been more important. Bremmer explores three choices, each with its own benefits and drawbacks: – “Independent America” argues that it’s time for Washington to declare independence from the responsibility to solve everyone else’s problems. Instead, America should lead by example by investing in America’s enormous untapped potential; -“Moneyball America” acknowledges that we can’t manage every international challenge but asserts that we must defend U.S. interests wherever they’re threatened. It looks beyond phony arguments about American exceptionalism with a clear-eyed assessment of U.S. strengths and limitations; and, -“Indispensable America” insists that only Washington can promote the values on which global stability increasingly depends in our hyper-connected world. Turning inward would threaten America’s security and prosperity.


A generation after communism’s collapse, the future of free market capitalism isn’t what it used to be. Public wealth, public investment, and public ownership have made a stunning comeback. Certain that command economies are doomed to fail but afraid that truly free markets will spin beyond their control, the political leadership in China, Russia, the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf and other authoritarian states have invented a new system: state capitalism. Each in their own way, they’re using markets to create wealth that can be directed toward the achievement of political goals. Governments now dominate key domestic economic sectors. The oil companies they own control three-quarters of the world’s crude oil reserves. They use state-owned companies to manipulate entire economic sectors and industries. They own enormous investment funds that have become vitally important sources of capital for Western governments and banks weakened by financial crisis. An expert on the impact of politics on market performance, Ian Bremmer illustrates the rise of state capitalism and details its long-term threat to relations among nations and the future of the global economy.

At this presentation audiences will learn about:

-The rise of state capitalism

-Why it exists and how it works

-The threat to free market capitalism



To navigate globalization’s choppy waters, every business leader analyzes economic risk when considering overseas investments or looking at market exposure. But do you look beyond reassuring data about per-capita income or economic growth–to assess the political risk of doing business in specific countries? If not, you may get blindsided when political forces shape markets in unexpected ways–from European accession in Turkey, social unrest in India, or protectionist legislation on China. Acclaimed political analyst and entrepreneur Ian Bremmer explains that by blending political and economic risk analysis, you make savvier investment decisions–seizing valuable opportunities around the globe while avoiding danger zones.

At this presentation audiences will learn:

-How to spot political risk on the horizon and balance it against economic opportunities—and what it means for your global investments

-How to understand the opportunities, and dangers, of dramatic Chinese growth

-What are the trends around global terror, proliferation, and shifting geopolitics, and how it impacts the global markets

-What growing political risk means for the global economy, and where opportunities are


The fallout from the still-unfolding global financial crisis provides several perfect examples of “fat tail” risk, those that flow from the low-probability, high-impact events that generate upheaval more often than we think. Bremmer shares with audiences how an understanding of the political dynamics generated by the financial crisis helps us forecast market risks, why politics matter more than ever for market performance, why the world’s wealthiest countries have begun to behave like emerging market states, and what all this means for investors and companies.

At this presentation audiences will learn:

-The risks that flow from low-probability, high-impact events…like the global financial crisis

-Why politics matter more for the performance of markets and for issues ranging from defaults to nationalization to regulatory reforms

-Why developed states are behaving more like emerging markets

-The shift from New York, Shanghai, and Mumbai to Washington, Beijing, and Delhi—and the risks that this trend creates


Oil prices are increasingly susceptible to international politics–for both the world’s supply and demand. Ian Bremmer, founder and president of the world’s largest political risk consultancy, shares his views on what’s in store for the politics of global energy–from spiralling Chinese and Indian growth in consumption to the dangers of future oil export from the Middle East, Russia and the Caspian, and West Africa.

At this speech audiences will learn:

-Why international politics matters to oil investors, financial institutions, and consumers alike

-How to assess the real threats to oil production, and discount the headlines that don’t matter

-How a shift in global relations between the US and China will affect the global energy market


China bestrides the world as a colossus, and business leaders can’t get enough from the promised riches of Asia. But does unprecedented growth mean that your company will benefit from it? Ian Bremmer, intellectual entrepreneur and President of Eurasia Group, explains the dangers of Asian growth for global investors seeking to build a presence in international markets; for companies seeking to sell their products there; and for the global markets more broadly.

At this speech audiences will learn:

-How to read the political and economic landscape in China, India, and beyond

-How geopolitics is creating greater risks—and opportunities—for investors in Asia


Today, the American-led global order faces a fundamental challenge. It is not, however, the rise of the “rest.” It’s the rise of the “different.” As the dust settled after World War II, the United States emerged as arguably the most powerful state in history, and it set out to create a world order in its own image. The US shaped a multilateral system underpinned by globalization, serving U.S. interests but also those of anyone who accepted American preferences. The ‘rest’ who rose were like-minded, advanced industrialized democracies that bought into and buttressed the liberal international order. Today, the world has fundamentally changed. Rising emerging market nations are much poorer, they are less diplomatically experienced, and they have different priorities and political systems. Perhaps most importantly, they are inherently less stable. What does this mean for the global order? It’s difficult enough to come to an agreement on complicated questions among five negotiators (as meetings of the United Nations Security Council have always demonstrated). But with the rise of so many other players who cannot be ignored—and aren’t ready to agree—conflict and a lack of leadership will increasingly be the norm.

At this presentation, audiences will learn about:

-The causes and consequences of a broken global order

-Geopolitical conflict at large, from Euro-crisis and US elections to Arab Spring and Asian power politics

-The best bets for US-led initiatives going forward

-The future of US-China relations

-The shifting balance between security and economics

-New investment strategies and the power of resilience

-Winners and losers in a leaderless world and what the future will hold


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Dubbed the “rising guru” in the field of political risk by The Economist, Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. A distinguished American political scientist, Bremmer’s views are widely acknowledged and accepted by industry experts and policy makers, and featured in prominent publications, including Time magazine, where he is the editor-at-large and foreign affairs columnist. Credited for establishing political risk as an academic discipline, he is also a global research professor at New York University. As a national bestselling author of nine books, his latest is Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World.

In 1998, Bremmer established Eurasia Group with just $25,000; today, the company has offices in New York, Washington and London, and a global network of experts and resources. He is a regular columnist for the Financial Times A-List, frequent contributor on networks such as CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, CNN and the BBC, and author of national bestsellers, Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World and The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? 

Among other distinctions, Bremmer is founding chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk at the World Economic Forum, and the leading authority on the connection between politics and the financial markets. His revolutionary insight into global political risk, entrepreneurial spirit, and engaging thoughtful approach captivates audiences and leaves them looking at the world through the eyes of Ian Bremmer.

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