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 a policy analyst, author and Emmy award winning documentary producer who has spent decades covering and analyzing global events for major think tank, financial service, technology and media outlets.

An adjunct professor of writing at Bard College, Mike is author of The Reckoning: Debt, Democracy and the Future of American Power, and co-author of The Fastest Billion: The Story Behind Africa’s Economic Revolution. A former partner and chief US analyst at Control Risks, he now runs his own thought leadership and policy analysis firm, Transformative.io, which serves clients in financial services, technology, media, publishing and risk advisory spaces. He currently serves as Visiting Media Fellow, International Peace and Security for the Carnegie Corporation of New York, America’s oldest grant making foundation.

Mike previously served as chief geo-strategist for (Nouriel) Roubini Global Economics, as a managing director of thought leadership at Renaissance Capital, and executive editor of the Council on Foreign Relations website, cfr.org. In that latter role, Mike conceived and produced CFR’s Crisis Guides series. He had a long and distinguished career in journalism, serving a senior correspondent and editor at MSNBC, the BBC, and Radio Free Europe. He began his career as a print reporter for the Associated Press and several US newspapers.

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