Author and President of Eurasia Group

Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World

Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World

Ian Bremmer
Published by
Portfolio (Penguin Group)
May 2012
230 pages
ISBN-10: 1591844681 / ISBN-13: 9781591844686

In Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World, Ian Bremmer illustrates a historic shift in the international system and the world economy—and an unprecedented moment of global uncertainty.

For the first time in seven decades, there is no single power or alliance of powers ready to take on the challenges of global leadership. A generation ago, the United States, Europe, and Japan were the world’s powerhouses, the free-market democracies that propelled the global economy forward. Today, they struggle just to find their footing.

Acclaimed geopolitical analyst Ian Bremmer argues that the world power structure is facing a leadership vacuum. With the unifying urgency of the financial crisis behind us, the diverse political and economic values of the G20 have produced global gridlock. In a world where so many challenges transcend borders—from the stability of the global economy and climate change to cyber-attacks, terrorism, and the security of food and water—the need for international cooperation has never been greater. A lack of global leadership will provoke uncertainty, volatility, competition, and, in some cases, open conflict. Bremmer explains the risk that the world will become a series of gated communities as power is regionalized instead of globalized. In the generation to come, negotiations on economic and trade issues are likely to be just as fraught as recent debates over nuclear nonproliferation and climate change.

Disaster, thankfully, is never assured, and Bremmer details where the levers of power can still be found and how to exercise them for the common good. Because the one certainty of weakened nations and enfeebled institutions is that someone will try to take advantage of them. Every Nation for Itself offers essential insights for anyone attempting to navigate the new global playing field.


Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose interviews Ian Bremmer about the role of China in a G-Zero world.


Global political economy has no sharper or more prescient analyst than Ian Bremmer.

— Lawrence Summers
former U.S. Treasury secretary; Charles W. Eliot University professor of Harvard University