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Ian  Bremmer

Ian Bremmer

Founder of Eurasia Group & Bestselling Author

Biography

Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He is a prolific thought leader and author, regularly expressing his views on political issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications, including Time magazine, where he is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. Once dubbed the "rising guru" in the field of political risk by The Economist, he teaches classes on the discipline as a professor at New York University. His latest book Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism is a New York Times bestseller. Read More >

In 1998, Ian established Eurasia Group with just $25,000. Today, the company has offices in New York, Washington, San Francisco, London, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Tokyo, as well as a network of experts and resources in 90 countries. As the firm's president and most active public voice, Ian advises leading executives, money managers, diplomats, and heads of state.

Ian is credited with bringing the craft of political risk to financial markets—he created 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.

In 2007, Ian was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, where he is the founding chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk. He is the Harold J. Newman Distinguished Fellow in Geopolitics at the Asia Society Policy Institute and serves on the President's Council of the Near East Foundation, the Leadership Council for Concordia, and the Board of Trustees of Intelligence Squared.

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.

Ian has published nine books including the national bestsellers Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World, The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?, and Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDx: There Are No More Global Superpowers

Us Vs Them: The Failure of Globalism

Central Governance is Getting Weaker

Promoting our Values Internationally

Speech Topics

The New Abnormal: Who are the Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World?

We have entered a period of heightened geopolitical and market volatility, what Ian Bremmer calls the “New Abnormal.” In this talk, he explains that over the past few years, we’ve seen a financial crisis, a global recession, the Eurozone crisis, and the Arab Spring. All of this comes against the backdrop of a G-Zero world—an environment where no country or group of countries is willing and able to sustainably set the international agenda. Audiences will learn that this lack of global leadership will ensure that the ride gets even bumpier before the turbulence subsides. The world without leaders will undermine our ability over the next decade to keep the peace in Asia and the Middle East, to grow the global economy, to reverse the impact of climate change, to feed growing populations, and to protect the most basic of all necessities—air, food, and water. As a result, its effects will be felt in every region of the world, even in cyberspace.

The Rise of the Different: Why the Global Order Doesn’t Work--and What We Can Do About It

Today, the American-led global order faces a fundamental challenge. It is not, however, the rise of the “rest.” It’s the rise of the “different.” Rising emerging market nations are inherently less stable. What does this mean for the global order? Bremmer poses this question to audiences, challenging them to think about topics such as geopolitical conflict at large, the best bets for US-led initiatives going forward, the shifting balance between security and economics, and more, providing insights into each concept.

The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?

A generation after communism’s collapse, the future of free market capitalism isn't what it used to be. In this speech, Bremmer shares how public wealth, public investment, and public ownership have made a stunning comeback. He will describe the rise of state capitalism, why it exists, and how it works, as well as the threat to free market capitalism.

The Fat Tail: The Power of Political Knowledge for Strategic Investing

The fallout from the still-unfolding global financial crisis provides several perfect examples of "fat tail" risk, those that flow from the low-probability, high-impact events that generate upheaval more often than we think. Bremmer will provide audiences with an understanding of the political dynamics generated by the financial crisis, which will help to forecast market risks, why politics matters more than ever for market performance, why the world's wealthiest countries have begun to behave like emerging market states, and what all this means for investors and companies.

Managing Risk in an Unstable World

To navigate globalization's choppy waters, every business leader analyzes economic risk when considering overseas investments or looking at market exposure. But do you look beyond reassuring data about per-capita income or economic growth--to assess the political risk of doing business in specific countries? If not, Bremmer believes you may get blindsided when political forces shape markets in unexpected ways--from populist measures in advance of an election cycle to social unrest in many of the top emerging markets performers. In this talk, he teaches organization how to spot political risk on the horizon, balance it against economic opportunities and what it means for your global investments.