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Peter Zeihan

Geopolitical Strategist

Geopolitical Strategist Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic and security expert. Zeihan’s worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to a deep understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends, helping industry leaders navigate today’s complex mix of geopolitical risks and opportunities. 

Austin, Texas, USA

Presentations

The Accidental Superpower: The Coming Hurdles & Opportunities
The world is changing fast. Demographic shifts are turning everything we know about the global economy on its ear, while shale energy is undoing decades of dependencies. The immutable rules of geography are breaking down our longstanding global free trade system. And it is all happening at the same time. What will this new world look like, exactly? With a mix of analysis and wit, Zeihan maps out the future from any number of viewpoints — government, corporate, financial, domestic and foreign — so audiences can make plans for a now more understandable future.

The Trump Doctrine
Presidents come and go, but geography doesn’t change. Gain understanding of the world the incoming Trump administration is inheriting, and get a glimpse into how the new White House will grapple with crises imminent, opportunities golden and everything in between.

The End of Europe
Five recessions in nine years. A litany of debt debacles. Ossified institutions incapable of change. Rising populism. Refugee floods. Russians growling at the border. And that’s the good news. Despite a decade of crisis none of Europe’s problems have had their root causes addressed, and now time is simply up. Everything that makes modern, wealthy, cosmopolitan, democratic Europe possible is breaking apart, and the Europeans are about to lose far more than “merely” a decade. Discover what makes Europe tick, what is tearing it down, and most of all, what is next.

A World Without China
Three pillars support modern China’s success: global trade, internal political unity, and easy money. With those three pillars, China has managed to shake 2000 years of war and occupation and remake itself as one of the world’s most powerful countries. Yet none of these three pillars can stand without American assistance, and that cooperation is ending. China’s “inevitable” rise isn’t simply over, it is about to go into screeching, unrelenting, dismembering reverse. But that’s hardly the end of history. When a country falls — particularly the world’s top manufacturing power — the ripples affect countries and industries near and far. Learn who benefits and who loses in a world without China. 

The Alberta Question
As the global system evolves no country is better positioned than Canada. Very soon Canada’s choices will be about how to take advantage of opportunities, rather than how to avoid complications. But in this very silver lining is a very dark cloud. The same evolutions that will allow Canada unprecedented opportunities for wealth and respect also hold the possibility of damaging the Canadian state. This time the dangers do not originate from the United States, but from within Canada itself. And they could very well prove mortal.

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  • He was the top rated presenter on all occasions. Based on his performance and the reception by our members, we have added him to the faculty of our executive development program. He is a dynamic and engaging speaker with a unique perspective and insight into global economics and geopolitical issues.

    - Association of Agricultural Production Executives, The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers
  • Peter’s brilliance is matched with his dynamic, high-energy style. He earned high reviews across the board with our most exclusive signature events for top clients.

    - JP Morgan Asset Management
  • Fabulous. Peter brought a young, energetic approach to a tough subject. One of our top 5 speakers of all time.

    - Society of International Business Fellows
  • The top-rated presenter. We have added Peter to the faculty of our executive development program.

    - Association of Agricultural Production Executives
  • Anyone looking to better understand global geopolitics and its effect on capital markets should have regular de-briefings with Peter.

    - Rimrock Capital
  • We had a great response from our group. They thought Peter was a fabulous speaker and very knowledgeable. He really tailored his presentation to the industry which is something you don’t always get. We honestly could not have been more pleased with the session. - National Potato Council
  • Peter’s delivery was so engaging that all track of time was lost as the group was completely engrossed in the information being presented.

    - Earle M. Jorgensen Company
  • Peter was extremely well received by our clients and associates and held their attention with his brilliant insight into current topics around the world, political, social and geographic. His knowledge of the subject matter and clever wit was both informative and entertaining. We strongly recommend Peter.

    - Raymond James & Associates

Summary Profile

Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist who has lived in the world of international affairs throughout his career. He launched his own firm, Zeihan on Geopolitics, in 2012 in order to specialize in customized executive briefings for his clients. In his new life, Zeihan applies his 12 years of intelligence experience and a geopolitical perspective to specific the needs of his clients. With a mix of insight and irreverence, he helps them see their businesses and industries from a new point of view so that they can prepare for a now-more-understandable future. Mr. Zeihan is a frequent guest on national and international television news shows on CNN, ABC, Fox News, and also is frequently interviewed for radio programs. He has been quoted in major print and online publications including New York Times, Forbes, AP, Bloomberg, MarketWatch and many others.

Before becoming a full-time speaker, Zeihan was part of the core team that built Stratfor into a geopolitical consultancy and publishing house. In his variety of roles — for four years serving as the firm’s Vice President of Analysis — he designed products, serviced client needs and managed the firm’s analytical teams across all geographic and topical areas of responsibility. Zeihan began his career working for the State Department in Australia, later moving to Washington DC to join the Center for Political and Strategic Studies under Susan Eisenhower. In both capacities, he regularly analyzed developments in Asia, Europe and the former Soviet Union while producing briefs and publications. His freshman book, The Accidental Superpower, forecasts the coming collapse of the global order. It debuted in 2014.  The Absent Superpower, published in December 2016, highlights what comes next.