A Geopolitical Survey: 2019
Program Date: March 23, 2019
The creator of Wall Street’s first global political risk index and the founder and president of Eurasia Group, Ian Bremmer is sought after by world leaders and corporations as an adviser on international risk management. Bremmer reads the global political and economic landscape and provides insights not commonly found in mainstream media reporting. A prolific thought leader, he is the author of several best-selling books, including his latest: Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism.
At The Richmond Forum, Bremmer will present an up-to-the-minute survey of the geopolitical landscape.
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, author, and noted lecturer, regularly expressing his views on geopolitical issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications, including TIME, where he is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. Dubbed the “rising guru” in the field of political risk by The Economist, he teaches classes on the discipline as Global Research Professor at New York University. His newest book, Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism, was released in April 2018.
In 1998, Bremmer established Eurasia Group with just $25,000. Today, the company has offices in New York, Washington, London, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, and San Francisco, as well as a network of experts and resources in 90 countries. Eurasia Group provides analysis and expertise on how political developments and national security dynamics move markets and shape investments across the globe. As the firm’s president and most active public voice, Bremmer advises leading executives, money managers, diplomats, and heads of state.
Bremmer 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 matter 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. Said Larry Summers, “Global political economy has no sharper or more prescient analyst than Ian Bremmer.”
Bremmer actively discusses the intersection between politics and markets in speeches and the media. He has published nine books including the national bestsellers Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World, Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World, and The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? He is a regular columnist for Reuters and the Financial Times A-List, and has written hundreds of articles for many leading publications. He appears regularly on CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, CNN, the BBC, and other networks.
In 2017, Bremmer and Eurasia Group launched GZERO Media, a digital-first media company dedicated to bringing smart analysis and commentary to a young, educated audience hungry for substantive discussion of global issues. GZERO’s twice-weekly international affairs newsletter, Signal, is read in 40 countries, and in December 2017, CBS News announced a strategic partnership with GZERO to provide the network with comprehensive coverage of international affairs and global finance.
Bremmer earned a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in 1994 and was the youngest-ever national fellow at the Hoover Institution. In 2007, Bremmer 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.
Bremmer grew up in Boston and currently lives in New York and Washington.