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Ian Bremmer

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New York City, New York, United States

Creator of Wall Street's first global political risk index

Ian Bremmer is a distinguished political scientist who provides expert insights on political risk, international affairs, and emerging market trends. As the president and founder of a leading political risk research and consulting firm, and a media company that delivers intelligent and engaging coverage of international affairs, Ian Bremmer offers an independent voice on critical issues around the globe through insightful speeches, written commentary, and even satirical puppets. 

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Ian Bremmer in the media January 1, 2024

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The Power of Crisis | Three Threats - Health, Climate & Artificial Intelligence

Based on his most recent book, The Power of Crisis: How Three Threats – and Our Response – Will Change the World, Bremmer explores how domestic and international conflicts threaten a trio of crises: global health emergencies, transformative climate change, and the AI revolution.

The good news? Collaborative efforts among political leaders, business decision-makers, and individual citizens to tackle these crises. 

Your audience will learn:

  • How these crises can be used as an opportunity to innovate our way towards a better world
  • Strategies from the Marshall Plan to the Green New Deal and how they provide a roadmap for surviving in the 21st century
  • How governments, corporations, and concerned citizens can use these coming crises to create the worldwide prosperity and opportunity to fulfill the promise of 20th century globalism
Us vs. Them | The Failure of Globalism

Noted in his eye-opening book, Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism, populism is still spreading and citizens are becoming increasingly frustrated with their governments’ inability to provide security and prosperity. To protect themselves from the threat of global populism, many governments will build walls, both digital and physical. 

Key takeaways in this session:

  • How globalism’s promises of a world of winners have been shattered
  • Common risk factors for the “us versus them” mentality
  • Insights on how people define these threats as fights for survival and what we can do about it
Superpower | Three Choices for America's Role in the World

In this session, Bremmer encourages every American to reflect on what kind of nation they want to be and how they should employ their superpower status, exploring three options:

  • Independent America
  • Moneyball America
  • Indispensable America
Every Nation for Itself | What Happens When No One Leads the World

In this session, Bremmer provokes his audience with the question: What happens when there is no country or durable alliance of countries capable of fulfilling the responsibilities of global leadership, and when both the G20 and G7 prove inadequate to address this issue?

Key Takeaways:

  • The world is facing a leadership vacuum as power is regionalized instead of globalized
  • How countries can work together to address common challenges
  • Insights into the risks and opportunities of a world without a clear global leader 
The End of the Free Market | Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?

The growing phenomenon of state capitalism poses a threat to America’s competitive edge and free markets everywhere. Bremmer engages his audience with these takeaways:

  • Understanding the rise of state capitalism and its threat to global free markets
  • Free market countries vs. state capitalist powerhouses
  • Insights for investors, business leaders, policymakers, and anyone who wants to understanding emerging changes in international politics and the global economy
The Fat Tail | The Power of Political Knowledge in an Uncertain World (with a New Foreword)

Volatile political events can have a catastrophic effects on businesses, and these events occur more frequently than investors realize.

Referenced in Bremmer’s book, The Fat Tail: The Power of Political Knowledge in an Uncertain World, the curve that depicts the frequency of this political instability is not reassuringly thin, but alarmingly fat

Key takeaways in this session:

  • Political risk is unpredictable but manageable
  • Identify the wide range of political risks that global firms face and how to show investors how to effectively manage them
  • Wealth of unique methods, tools, and concepts to help corporations, money managers, and policy makers understand political risk, showing when and how political risk analysis works – and when it does not
The J Curve | A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall

In this session, Bremmer explores how the J Curve guides western governments towards a realistic political balance and a healthier economic future. 

Key Takeaways:

  • What does the J Curve represent and why does it matter?
  • How political and economic behaviors of various countries can be understood through the J Curve
  • How to define a nation’s stability, why certain nations are more stable than others, and how the world community can deal with unstable nations

Audience reviews:

  • Global political economy has no sharper or more prescient analyst than Ian Bremmer. Everyone who cares about our collective future will need to carefully consider [his] impressive arguments. - Former US Treasury Secretary

Speaker Biography

Ian Bremmer helps business leaders, policy makers, and the general public understand the world in which we live in.

He is noteworthy for his contributions to the financial markets as he created Wall Street’s first global political risk index (GPRI), ultimately revolutionizing the craft of political risk and establishing it as an academic discipline. Bremmer’s definition of emerging markets— “those countries where politics matters at least as much as economics for market outcomes”— has become an industry standard. His term, “G-Zero”, is frequently used by policymakers and thought leaders around the world and describes the global power vacuum where no country is willing or able to set the international agenda.

As a prolific writer, Bremmer has authored eleven books, including two New York Times bestsellers: Us vs Them: The Failure of Globalism and his latest book, The Power of Crisis: How Three Threats—and Our Response—Will Change the World. He is the host of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer and a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, the BBC, Bloomberg, and many other stations around the world. Additionally, he serves as the foreign affairs columnist and editor at large for Time magazine.

Bremmer received his  bachelor’s degree in international relations from Tulane University and his master’s and doctorate degrees in political science from Stanford University, becoming the youngest-ever national fellow at the Hoover Institution. He currently teaches at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and previously was a professor at New York University. 

With just $25,000, Bremmer established Eurasia Group in 1998, which has now grown to have offices in New York, Washington, San Francisco, London, Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Tokyo, as well as a network of experts and resources in 90 countries.