Lunch

Tuesday 16 June 2015

12:30

Ian Bremmer

Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World

The world’s greatest superpower is at a crossroads. No longer defined by its part in WWII and the Cold War struggle, America’s role and identity are in flux – and with them, the balance of global power.

International foreign policies are often defined by their attitudes to the US, and according to political scientist Ian Bremmer, America is facing three options: become completely independent; be a moneyball that defends its interests wherever threatened; or stay internationally indispensable. As the 2016 elections approach, America must choose the road for its future – and so define a new era for international politics

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.

Brewer 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.

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.

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

Larry Summers