Author and President of Eurasia Group

Events

Ian Bremmer is a sought-after speaker for large conferences, intimate meetings, and lectures at universities and policy organizations. His speech topics include:

 

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.” 

As the dust settled after World War II, the United States emerged as arguably the most powerful state in history, and it set out to create a world order in its own image.  The US shaped a multilateral system underpinned by globalization, serving U.S. interests but also those of anyone who accepted American preferences.  The ‘rest’ who rose were like-minded, advanced industrialized democracies that bought into and buttressed the liberal international order.  

Today, the world has fundamentally changed.  Rising emerging market nations are much poorer, they are less diplomatically experienced, and they have different priorities and political systems.  Perhaps most importantly, they are inherently less stable. 

What does this mean for the global order?  It’s difficult enough to come to an agreement on complicated questions among five negotiators (as meetings of the United Nations Security Council have always demonstrated).  But with the rise of so many other players who cannot be ignored—and aren’t ready to agree—conflict and a lack of leadership will increasingly be the norm.At this presentation audiences will learn about:

  • The causes and consequences of a broken global order
  • Geopolitical conflict at large, from Euro-crisis and US elections to Arab Spring and Asian power politics
  • The best bets for US-led initiatives going forward
  • The future of US-China relations
  • The shifting balance between security and economics
  • New investment strategies and the power of resilience
  • Winners and losers in a leaderless world and what the future will hold

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

At a time when so many challenges transcend borders, the need for international leadership has never been greater. Leaders have the leverage to coordinate multinational responses to transnational problems and the wealth and power to persuade other governments to take actions they wouldn’t otherwise take. They pick up the checks that others can’t afford and provide services no one else will pay for. But in years to come, there will be no global leadership, because there is now no single country or bloc of countries with the political and economic muscle to drive an international agenda. America is struggling to pay its bills, Europe is busy trying to save the eurozone, and emerging powers are wrestling with too many complex challenges at home to accept risks and burdens abroad.  A 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. Its effects will be felt in every region of the world, even in cyberspace.

At this presentation audiences will learn about:

  • The impact of a world without leadership on international politics and the global economy
  • Next challenges facing the United States, Europe and China
  • Asia’s evolving balance of power
  • The future of the Middle East
  • Winners and losers in a world without leaders
  • Crisis points- from food security to cyberspace
  • The global balance of power most likely to emerge from a G-Zero world

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. Public wealth, public investment, and public ownership have made a stunning comeback. Certain that command economies are doomed to fail but afraid that truly free markets will spin beyond their control, the political leadership in China, Russia, the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf and other authoritarian states have invented a new system: state capitalism. Each in their own way, they’re using markets to create wealth that can be directed toward the achievement of political goals. Governments now dominate key domestic economic sectors. The oil companies they own control three-quarters of the world’s crude oil reserves. They use state-owned companies to manipulate entire economic sectors and industries. They own enormous investment funds that have become vitally important sources of capital for Western governments and banks weakened by financial crisis. An expert on the impact of politics on market performance, Ian Bremmer illustrates the rise of state capitalism and details its long-term threat to relations among nations and the future of the global economy.

At this presentation audiences will learn about:

  • The rise of state capitalism
  • Why it exists and how it works
  • The threat to free market capitalism

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, you may get blindsided when political forces shape markets in unexpected ways--from European accession in Turkey, social unrest in India, or protectionist legislation on China. Acclaimed political analyst and entrepreneur Ian Bremmer explains that by blending political and economic risk analysis, you make savvier investment decisions--seizing valuable opportunities around the globe while avoiding danger zones.

At this presentation audiences will learn:

  • How to spot political risk on the horizon and balance it against economic opportunities—and what it means for your global investments
  • How to understand the opportunities, and dangers, of dramatic Chinese growth
  • What are the trends around global terror, proliferation, and shifting geopolitics, and how it impacts the global markets
  • What growing political risk means for the global economy, and where opportunities are

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

China bestrides the world as a colossus, and business leaders can't get enough from the promised riches of Asia. But does unprecedented growth mean that your company will benefit from it? Ian Bremmer, intellectual entrepreneur and president of Eurasia Group, explains the dangers of Asian growth for global investors seeking to build a presence in international markets, for companies seeking to sell their products there, and for the global markets more broadly.

At this speech audiences will learn:

  • How to read the political and economic landscape in China, India, and beyond
  • How geopolitics is creating greater risks—and opportunities—for investors in Asia