Ian Bremmer Profile

Establishing Eurasia Group with just $25,000, Ian Bremmer has overseen its huge growth to a company with offices in New York, Washington and London with experts and resources in more than 90 countries. The group provides advice and analysis regarding the economic outlook, global affairs and international relations, and as its president and public representative Bremmer is at the forefront of its endeavors.

Bremmer is a pioneer in the field of the application of political risk in financial markets. He created the first GPRI (global political risk index) on Wall Street and is viewed as the founder of the academic discipline of political risk. He has also set the standard definition for emerging markets, being countries where politics are as important as economics for market outcomes, and coined the widely accepted phrase “G-Zero” to describe a global power vacuum.

Author of several bestselling books, Bremmer’s works include Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Loses in a G-Zero World and The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War between States and Corporations? His writing regularly appears in Reuters and the Financial Times A-list, and he has published hundreds of articles in others of the world’s most prestigious journals. He makes regular appearances on CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, CNN, the BBC and many other outlets.

Global Research Professor at New York University, Bremmer was awarded his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and became the youngest person ever to become a national fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is founding chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk at the World Economic Forum, where he has been named a Young Global Leader. He serves on the President’s Council of the Near East Foundation, the Leadership Council for Concordia, the Board of Trustees of Intelligence Squared and is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute.

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    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. 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 latest book focuses on the future of America’s role in the world and will hit shelves in May 2015.

    In 1998, Bremmer established Eurasia Group with just $25,000. Today, the company has offices in New York, Washington and London, 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 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.

    Bremmer earned a PhD 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 a Senior Fellow at the World 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.

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Ian Bremmer offers his expertise in global politics and their implications for the markets in a series of unforgettable presentations. He examines what he calls “the New Abnormal,” the turbulent nature of the geopolitical scene that is lacking strong leaders. He examines who this will benefit or lose out, and identifies the global crisis points to be aware of.

With the end of free-market capitalism and the subsequent challenge the American led global order, it is essential to understand how this changed world operates, and Bremmer is at the cutting edge of thinking in this area. He explains how political knowledge must be employed for strategic investing and shows how politics are more important for market performance than has ever been acknowledged. He sets out his expert views on how to manage political risk and use it to spot market opportunities.

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

After World War II, the United States emerged as the most powerful state in history, and it set out to create a world order in its own image. The U.S. shaped a global system that served U.S. interests and those of anyone who accepted American preferences. Since then, the world has fundamentally changed. Emerging market nations are much poorer, less diplomatically experienced, and have different priorities and political systems. Perhaps most importantly, they are inherently less stable.

Bremmer talks with audiences about what this means for the global order. With the rise of so many 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 U.S. elections to Arab Spring and Asian power politics
  • The best bets for U.S.-led initiatives going forward
  • The future of U.S.-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

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 governments to take actions they otherwise wouldn’t take. They pick up the checks that others can’t afford and provide services no one else will pay for. Bremmer predicts that in years to come, there will be no global leadership because there is no single country or bloc of countries with the political and economic muscle to drive an international agenda. A world without leaders will undermine the U.S.’s ability to keep peace in Asia and the Middle East, grow the global economy, reverse the impact of climate change, feed growing populations, and protect the most basic of all necessities—air, food, and water. At this presentation, audiences will learn about:

  • The impact of a world without leadership in 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, investment, and ownership have made a stunning comeback. The political leadership in China, Russia, the Arab monarchies in the Persian Gulf, and other authoritarian states have invented a new system: state capitalism. According to Bremmer, they’re using markets to create wealth that can be directed toward achieving 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; and 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, Bremmer illustrates how the rise of state capitalism threatens relationships 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 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 can make savvier investment decisions and seize 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 the opportunities are

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

China is a colossal world force, and business leaders can't get enough of the promised riches of Asia. But does unprecedented growth mean your company will benefit? Bremmer 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. In 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

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Books by Ian Bremmer:

Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Loser in a G-Zero World
A national bestseller, it was named “Book of the Year” by the Foreign Policy Association, and selected for the Financial Times’ “Pick of the crop” list.

Forget the G-7 and the G-20; we are entering a leaderless “G- Zero” era—with profound implications for every country and corporation.

The world power structure is facing a vacuum at the top. With the unifying urgency of the financial crisis behind us, the diverse political and economic values of the G-20 are curtailing the world’s most powerful governments’ ability to mediate growing global challenges. There is no viable alternative group to take its place.

The United States lacks the resources and the political will to continue as the primary provider of global public goods. China has no interest in accepting the burdens of international leadership. Europe is occupied with saving the eurozone, and Japan is tied down with its own problems. Emerging powers such as Brazil, India, and Russia are too focused on domestic development to welcome new responsibilities abroad.

The result is a G-Zero world in which no single country or bloc has the political or economic leverage—or the desire—to drive a truly international agenda. Ian Bremmer explains how this will lead to extended and intensified conflict over vitally important issues, such as international economic coordination, financial regulatory reform, trade policy, and climate change.

We are facing a time of profound uncertainty. Bremmer shows who will benefit, who will suffer, and why this increased state of conflict is both inevitable and unsustainable.

The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?
A number of authoritarian governments, drawn to the economic power of capitalism but wary of uncontrolled free markets, have invented something new: state capitalism. In this system, governments use markets to create wealth that can be directed as political officials see fit.

As an expert on the intersection between economics and politics, Ian Bremmer is uniquely qualified to illustrate the rise of state capitalism and its long-term threat to the global economy. The main characters in this story are the men who rule China, Russia, and the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf, but their successes are attracting imitators across much of the developing world.

This guide to the next big trend includes useful insights for investors, business leaders, policymakers, and anyone else who wants to understand major emerging changes in international politics and the global economy.

“An essential guide to the future of the world economy.”
    David Smick, author of The World is Curved

The Fat Tail: The Power of Political Knowledge in an Uncertain World (with a New Preface)
Featuring a new preface that addresses the fallout from the 2008 financial crisis, The Fat Tail is the first book to both identify the wide range of political risks that global firms face and show how to manage them effectively. Written by two of the world’s leading figures in political risk management, it reveals that while the world remains exceedingly risky for businesses, it is by no means incomprehensible.

Applying the lessons of world history, Ian Bremmer and Preston Keat survey a vast range of contemporary risk scenarios, from stable markets like the United States, where politically driven regulation can dramatically affect business, to more precarious places like Iran, Russia, Mexico, and Nigeria, where private property is less secure and energy politics sparks constant volatility. The book covers a wide array of political risks—great power rivalries, terrorist groups, government takeovers, internal strife, and even the “black swans” that defy prediction.

Featuring a wealth of unique tools and concepts to help corporations and policy makers understand political risk, The Fat Tail shows when and how political risk analysis works—and when it does not.

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