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Ian Bremmer, Ph.D

President, Eurasia Group; Leading Expert on Global Economic and Political Risk; Acclaimed Author, The J Curve

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A dedicated intellectual entrepreneur, Ian Bremmer is the president of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. Bremmer’s career spans academic, investment, and policymaking communities, with a focus on global macro-political trends and emerging markets in which “politics matter at least as much as economics for market outcomes.”

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Ian Bremmer is a political scientist who helps business leaders, policy makers, and the general public make sense of the world around them. He is president and founder of Eurasia Group, the world's leading political risk research and consulting firm, and GZERO Media, a company dedicated to providing intelligent and engaging coverage of international affairs. Ian is an independent voice on critical issues around the globe, offering clearheaded insights through speeches, written commentary, and even satirical puppets (really!).

He is the host of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, which airs weekly on US national public television. Ian is also a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, the BBC, Bloomberg, and many other television stations around the world.

Ian is credited with bringing the craft of political risk to financial markets, creating Wall Street's first global political risk index (GPRI), and for establishing political risk as an academic discipline. His definition of emerging markets—"those countries where politics matters at least as much as economics for market outcomes"—has become an industry standard. "G-Zero," his term for a global power vacuum in which no country is willing and able to set the international agenda, is widely accepted by policymakers and thought leaders.

A prolific writer, Ian is the author of ten books, including the New York Times bestseller “Us vs Them: The Failure of Globalism” which examines the rise of populism across the world. He also serves as the foreign affairs columnist and editor at large for Time magazine. He currently teaches at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and previously was a professor at New York University.

Ian earned a master's degree and a doctorate in political science from Stanford University, where he went on to become the youngest-ever national fellow at the Hoover Institution. He received his bachelor's degree in international relations from Tulane University.


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    The Technopolar Moment

    (Foreign Affairs) – How Digital Powers Will Reshape the Global Order

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    The J curve and why the US is becoming less stable

    (Business Live) – As the world’s most powerful and influential nation becomes more polarised and dysfunctional there are implications for us all.

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    Brazil in for a rough year as Bolsonaro tests limits of democracy

    (Business Day) – Is Brazil’s democracy at risk?

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    Bolsonaro and Da Silva head for ugly standoff before Brazilian elections

    (Business Day) – Despite president’s pledges economic growth remains low and unemployment high.

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    Top Risk for 2016: US-Europe Relations, Eurasia’s Bremmer Says

    (Bloomberg Business) – Relations between the United States and Europe are at their weakest in decades and are the top risk for global investors in 2016, according to Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group political-risk research and consulting firm.

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    No Cold War redux for ‘frenemies’ US, China

    (Nikkei Asian Review) – We live in a “G-Zero” world, marked by a shifting, uncertain global order and “geopolitical creative destruction,” says Ian Bremmer, a prominent U.S. political scientist.

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    Terror attacks hit at worst possible time: Eurasia

    (CNBC) – The deadly attacks in Paris could start affecting the world economy if the fallout persists, a leading expert on global political risk said Monday.

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    BREMMER: The Paris attacks put Russia and Iran ‘in a stronger position’

    (Business Insider) – France has declared war on the Islamic State, and it is looking for partners.

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    Who Is Donald Trump Really?

    (LinkedIn Pulse) – The Trump phenomenon continues. At tomorrow night’s debate, you’re liable to hear attacks from Jeb Bush and others that front-runner Donald Trump is not a real Republican. Are they right? Consider the following arguments.

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    What should worry us in China

    (Ekathimerini) – It’s not market volatility in China or its possible impact on the world’s second largest economy that should worry the rest of us.

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    These Are the 5 Big Foreign Policy Stories for the Fall

    (Time) – From migrants in Europe to a weakening China, here's what to look for in the coming months.

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    BREMMER: Putin is serious about entering Syria — and not to go after ISIS

    (Business Insider) – The regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad is weakening, and one of Assad's primary backers — Russian President Vladimir Putin — is upping the ante.

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    China Poised to Be the Next Decade’s Influencer: U.S. Expert

    (Yibada) – Despite the downward trends in China's stock market, currency and economy, Eurasia Group president and Time editor-at-large Ian Bremmer released a forecast the China is still poised to be of greater influence over the next decade.

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    The Coming “China Decade”

    (LinkedIn Pulse) – Prepare to hear a lot more about China’s slowdown in the days, weeks and months ahead. But don’t be fooled—China’s rise continues in spite of recent stumbles.

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    Russia’s Slowing, Sinking Economy

    (LinkedIn Pulse) – You wouldn’t know it from Vladimir Putin’s swagger, but the Russian economy is in dire straits.

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    Why I Wish I Had a Mentor When I Started My Company

    (LinkedIn Pulse) – Mentors can help in different ways, but they, and my experiences with them, have certain things in common. Here’s why they’re so valuable.

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    American History Must Be a Priority in Schools

    (Town Hall) – There are many things young people need to learn before they’re ready to accept the full responsibilities and privileges of life as an adult citizen, but surely what it means to be American is among the most important.

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    Kenya: Why the Next U.S. President Should Focus On Kenya After Barack Obama’s Visit-Bremmer

    (All Africa) – US President Barack Obama's trip to Africa should surpass the confines of a historic homecoming and open the next leader up to better relations with Kenya.

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    Will Iran Become America’s New Saudi Arabia?

    (The National Interest) – A TNI interview with Ian Bremmer about the future of U.S.-Iranian and U.S.-Saudi relations.

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    Iran Shifts the Middle East

    (LinkedIn Pulse) – It took nine years, but there is finally a deal on Iran’s nuclear program. What’s next? A fundamental shift in the Middle East’s balance of power. Here’s the shape of things to come.

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    The Foreign Policy That’s Possible

    (U.S. News) – It is far from clear whether foreign policy will become a leading issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. But if it does, Ian Bremmer, founding president of The Eurasia Group, has set the table for a renewed discussion of America's role in the world with his recent book, "Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World."

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    Ian Bremmer on why the Iran deal is about much more than nuclear weapons

    (Vox) – Ian Bremmer is president of the Eurasia Group, as well as a global research professor at New York University. He's also been a regular commentator on the Iran deal. And he thinks that much of the commentary misses some of the most important likely outcomes of the deal, like lower oil prices and a possible weakening of the Iranian regime. We spoke by phone this morning, and a lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows.

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    Greece and Puerto Rico in 5 Stats

    (LinkedIn Pulse) – Puerto Rico and Greece are very different economies with a common problem: They exist within larger monetary systems that reduce the options available to manage their respective crises. Here are 5 stats that explain the similar paths these economies have followed, and why they will ultimately diverge.

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    Considering the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

    (Huffington Post) – Superpower by Ian Bremmer is a succinct book which considers the future of American foreign policy. But what path should the world's only superpower choose? And why does this matter? Bremmer makes it clear that options are available, although refusing to decide on America's foreign policy vision (something that's happened since the conclusion of the Cold War) "is the worst choice of all." He lays out three distinct choices: Independent America, Moneyball America and Indispensable America.

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    Greece: The Costs of Crisis

    We’re going to be hearing a lot about Greece this week, about capital controls, referendums and defaults. Greeks will have to decide on Sunday whether to accept a deal with international creditors that may or may not still be on the table.

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    Is Taiwan Asia’s next geopolitical flashpoint?

    (CNBC) – With Taiwan's pro-independence party tipped to win next year's presidential election, some analysts fear that could renew tensions in cross-strait relations and risk destabilizing Asia.

    "It is time to start worrying about Taiwan … Old questions about Taiwan's longer-term future are re-emerging, and so are old fears that differences over Taiwan could rupture U.S.-China relations and drive Asia to a major crisis," said Hugh White, professor of strategic studies at the Australian National University.

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    ‘We Should Be Very Clear: China is at Virtual War With The USA’

    (Business Insider) – ‘We should be very clear: China is at virtual war with the United States’

    Last month’s massive breach of federal employees’ data allegedly at the hands of Chinese hackers, made public Thursday, indicates a treacherous new reality in the global cyber game.

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    Ian Bremmer Joins Asia Society Policy Institute as First Harold J. Newman Distinguished Fellow in Geopolitics

    (Asia Society) – New York, May 27, 2015 — Ian Bremmer, President and Founder of the Eurasia Group, has joined the Asia Society Policy Institute as its first Harold J. Newman Distinguished Fellow in Geopolitics.

    “Ian Bremmer has an outstanding analytic mind and a natural intellectual curiosity about the world, and is deeply globally connected,” said the Honorable Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. “The Asia Society Policy Institute, therefore, welcomes a first-class addition to our team.”

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    Most of us are looking at China all wrong

    (Business Insider) – The "China's going to collapse" thesis has been one of the more popular narratives pushed forward recently — mostly regarding its economic model and its political system.

    Beijing's economic model, however, is "probably sustainable" — and it's imprudent for the US to make policy decisions based on the assumption that China will collapse, argue former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer.

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    America’s Choices In The ‘Period Of Geopolitical Creative Destruction’

    (Business Insider) – Washington hasn't had a defined foreign policy strategy for the last quarter-century, but now it's time for America to take a look at the options and make a choice, argues Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer in his new book, "Superpower."

    During the Cold War, America had a defined policy — and everybody knew what it was. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the world was still safe enough for Washington to get away with not having a clear strategy.

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    The Problem with Obama’s Foreign Policy is Becoming Clear

    (Business Insider) – President Barack Obama's biggest foreign-policy failure wasn't any one particular episode.

    Rather, it was the fact that he "refused to choose a clear path forward," argues Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group.

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    Growth in Africa can’t disguise long-term risks

    By Ian Bremmer

    Africa is back in the news this month with both good and bad news stories. Nigeria has carried off an historic election that saw a defeated incumbent gracefully concede defeat to his challenger. Kenya has seen another deadly terrorist attack from the Somalia-based al-Shabaab terrorist group and has responded with military force. The broader story of Africa’s rise likewise comes with both promise and risks

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    Ian Bremmer: These Are the 7 Challenges of Globalization

    By: Ian Bremmer

    (TIME) – Ian Bremmer asks, "what happens as the world becomes even more interconnected…and even more leaderless?" 

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    (Newsweek) – Bremmer is currently traveling through the U.K. and Europe to observe the runup to the EU referendum.

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    BREMMER: Brexit is the world’s most significant political risk since the Cuban Missile Crisis

    (Business Insider) – It’s official: Britain has chosen to leave the European Union. And markets are getting whacked.

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    My take on the early Brexit winners and losers

    (CNBC) – Commentary by Ian Bremmer, the president and founder of Eurasia Group.

Speech Topics

Bremmer addresses political, economic, social, and security developments in specific countries as well as explores various sectors and other areas of interest. Speech topics include:

  • China, India, and Beyond: The Opportunities and Pitfalls of Asian Growth

  • The United States: A New Era of Political Risk

  • Europe: The End of Convergence

  • Energy and Commodities: Political Drivers for the Next Growth Cycle

  • Global Energy Security: New Risks and Opportunities for Producers and Consumers

Bremmer highlights emerging political risks and trends around the globe, and explains the implications for companies, investors, and policymakers.  Speech titles include:

  • Global Politics: Emerging Risks and Hotspots

  • The Rise of State Capitalis

  • Managing Risk in an Unstable World

  • The Power of Political Knowledge for Strategic Investing

  • The Financial Crisis and Global Power

  • The International Political Environment: Opportunities and Risks for Global Firms

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