Michael Moran

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Control Risks’ Managing Director of Global Risk Analysis provides an up-to-the minute forecast of global trends that can have an impact on your business and society as a whole.

As the United States rebalances its overseas deployments, and the positive longer term trends in domestic energy markets diminishes our historical strategic interest in the Mideast, what role will we/can we play? In this insightful, in-depth examination of our future role around the world, Michael tackles many of the big questions about our relationships and partners, both new and old, with allies and enemies. As the rise of ISIS shows, precipitous withdrawal only creates vacuums. The U.S. is still the world’s leading power economically and militarily, k the question is what the next steps are.

We Americans are living in the midst of Generation Innovation but we act like terminal patients. With all the negative news and the media focus on Washington’s eternal food fight, the United States has an amazing ability to innovate, adapt, attract talent and self-correct. The US budget deficit shrinks in defiance of doomsayers, increasing tax revenues and leaving the US economy a lone ray of light on the global scene right now. The economic growth of the past few years may not feel fast enough to you, but as Americans continue to produce new, disruptive innovations – smart phones, drones, 3D printing, REITS, fracking – they have invalidated negative predictions about energy, manufacturing and growth while adding billions to our GDP. But the real growth story is about people: Demographic projections suggest the US is the only major advanced economy whose population will grow at over 25 percent over the next quarter century, providing yet another homegrown solution to the scaremongers favorite bogeyman: the collapse of Social Security. This talk provides a note of optimism among the noise.


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Michael Moran is an author and analyst of international affairs, a digital documentarian and Managing Director, Global Risk Analysis at Control Risks, a global political risk and security consultancy. A foreign policy journalist and geostrategist for investment banks and financial consultancies, he is author of The Reckoning: Debt, Democracy and the Future of American Power and co-author of the 2012 book The Fastest Billion: The Story Behind Africa’s Economic Revolution. Moran served as Editor-in-Chief at the investment bank Renaissance Capital and has been a collaborator of renowned economist Nouriel Roubini as well commentator for Slate, the BBC and NBC News. He also spent a decade as an adjunct professor of journalism at Bard College and was the founding editor of the award-winning Crisis Guides documentary series for the Council on Foreign Relations.

Moran’s career has included periods at major media outlets: Senior correspondent, MSNBC.com (2003–05); senior producer, International News and Special Reports, MSNBC.com (1996–2003); U.S. affairs analyst, BBC World Service (1993–96); senior editor, Radio Free Europe (1990–93), former reporter for Associated Press, St. Petersburg Times, Sarasota Herald-Tribune (1985–88).

Moran also served as Hearst New Media Fellow at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and was a longtime board member of the Overseas Press Club, as well as a judge of its annual awards. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Economist, The Spectator (UK), The Guardian, The New Leader, and has spoken on National Public Radio and in many other outlets. He has lectured at dozens of universities and think tanks around the world.

From 2005 to June 2009, he served as executive editor of CFR.org, the website of the Council on Foreign Relations. Moran is also a foreign affairs columnist for Globalpost.com, and a member of the communications advisory board of Human Rights Watch. From 2009 to May 2011, he served as vice president, executive editor and senior geostrategy analyst at Roubini Global Economics, the macro/strategy consultancy founded by economist Nouriel Roubini.

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