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Ian Bremmer
Ian Bremmer is the president of the world’s leading global political risk research and consulting firm, Eurasia Group.

Bremmer started the firm in 1998 with $25,000 in hand. Today, Eurasia Group employs more than 85 full-time employees in its New York City, Washington, and London offices. It also calls on the services of several hundred experts in 65 countries. The firm’s client base includes more than 200 multinational companies, leading financial institutions, government departments, and political leaders. Eurasia Group is widely respected for its objectivity and ability to explain how political risk is directly applicable to the global marketplace.

Bremmer has recently written articles for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, and Harvard Business Review. His six books include The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall, which was selected by The Economist as one of the best books of 2006. In March 2009, he published The Fat Tail: The Power of Political Knowledge for Strategic Investing with Preston Keat, a director of research at Eurasia Group. Nouriel Roubini described The Fat Tail as the definitive survey of the subject and indispensible for global investors. Bremmer’s May 2009 article for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Foreign Affairs magazine is the first to describe in detail the new global phenomenon of state capitalism and its geopolitical implications.

Bremmer has a PhD in political science from Stanford University (1994) and became the youngest-ever national fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has taught at Columbia University, the EastWest Institute, and the World Policy Institute, and in 2007 was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Much of his own analytical focus has been on emerging markets, which he defines as “those countries where politics matter at least as much as economics for market outcomes.”

Ian grew up in Boston and now lives in New York.

Entries by Ian Bremmer

The Saudi-Iranian Escalation Will Bring Even More Bloodshed to the Mideast

(41) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 9:25 AM

The Saudi decision to execute a prominent Shiite cleric and the retaliatory ransacking of the Saudi embassy in Tehran have pushed Saudi Arabia and Iran closer to the brink of direct confrontation than they've been in decades. Fortunately for all concerned, neither side wants a war. But both have...

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Putin Scores Another Much-Needed Win in Syria

(169) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 10:18 AM

When Boris Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin prime minister in 1999, Putin had an approval rating in Russia of 31 percent. About 37 percent of Russians didn't even know who he was. After a series of mysterious bombings in Moscow, Putin blamed Chechen separatists and

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3 American Foreign Policy Options That 2016 Presidential Candidates Need to Choose Among

(174) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 10:34 AM

"Vulnerable nations still depend on us to deter aggression from their larger neighbors," says Marco Rubio. "Oppressed peoples still turn their eyes toward our shores, wondering if we can hear their cries."

"The world is slipping out of control," warns Jeb Bush. "We have no reason to apologize for our...

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Can The U.S. Be Trusted As An Ally?

(9) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 9:43 AM

Ian Bremmer is president of the Eurasia Group and author, most recently, of "Every Nation For Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-20 World."

Washington's current climate of gridlock and shutdown isn't doing the U.S. economic recovery any favors, but the rebound continues. A U.S.-led revolution in energy production and...

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Can Marco Rubio Remix the Republican Party?

(125) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 4:18 PM

Co-authored by Mike Sard

On Tuesday, Politico's Mike Allen uncovered a hidden gem: Senator Marco Rubio (R.-FL) released a Spotify playlist of his favorite songs, spanning from Tupac and Kanye West to Coldplay and Swedish House Mafia. Entitled "What I'm Currently Listening To," Rubio's playlist

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Derek Jeter Should Stick to Baseball: Challenges at Davos

(24) Comments | Posted January 26, 2013 | 7:51 PM

Are you there, Ian? It's me, Shinzo Abe.

The last night of Davos made for some good stories and some good insights. But nothing quite like this morning. At 6:30am, I get a call. My alarm was set for 7:00 (and I was thinking about pushing it back), so I...

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Davos Lightning Round: Where Do Good Policy and Good Business Align?

(13) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Today I'm going to zap around the world a bit, outlining some global trends that are areas of opportunity, both for promoting the World Economic Forum's commitment to "improving the state of the world" and for businesses' bottom lines. And of course, with great opportunity comes great risk. I'll touch...

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Morning in Davos?

(5) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 4:49 PM

In Davos, we see firsthand that the sunny and the snowy can coexist. The same holds true for bullish and bearish signals in the global economy this year.

But despite the risks and uncertainty, it seems positive sentiment is modestly winning out at the World Economic Forum in 2013....

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Davos' Dark Knight Unmasked

(12) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 6:32 PM

With the eurozone crisis "in remission," and the economic outlook moderately more stable across the developed world, the biggest global risks in 2013 stem from emerging markets. We have turmoil throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Tensions surrounding China's rise abound; in fact, I'd peg China-Japan as...

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Davos: The 2013 Sneak Preview

(47) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 3:20 PM

It's that time of the year again, as 2,600 politicians, thought leaders, executives, and media elites make their way to a mountain in Switzerland. What compels them to make the trek? As usual, the summit--and the jet-fueled pilgrimage to attend--gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'It's not where...

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A World Without A Moral Guidepost?

(257) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 10:58 AM

On Describing The Age We Live In Today

Today, we are living in a global political order that has become unmoored from when the underlying trend was toward U.S.-led globalization. We have much less of a single moral guidepost.

We're losing some of our moral sensibilities -- and perhaps more...

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The Arab Summer

(46) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 9:56 AM

By Ian Bremmer and David Gordon

The furious protests that have toppled autocrats and roiled politics across North Africa and the Middle East for the past two years will enter a new phase in 2013. Arab Spring will give way to Arab Summer, as the region faces a series of...

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Winners and Losers in the G-Zero World

(2) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 7:05 PM

It's always very encouraging to see a thoughtful response to a book I've written, and I welcome a good debate. Alexandre Kateb makes some interesting refutations of my G-Zero thesis, and I thought I'd take the opportunity to address them.

One of Alexandre's main...

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Welcome to the G-Zero Era

(36) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 2:31 PM

In January, John Baird told me he was proud that his first trip as Canada's new foreign minister was to Beijing rather than Washington. Canada values its ties with America, he said, and wants to sign a trade pact with Europe. But building new bridges to Asia will help protect...

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The Power Of Political Myth

(13) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 9:57 AM

Over the course of my book tour, I've gotten a thousand different kinds of questions. But there are two recurring themes in some of them that I want to address here. Both themes are based on myths.

Myth #1- The free market has failed.

Myths are tools we...

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Does 'The End Of The Free Market' Mean The End Of Big Oil And The Multi-National Corporation?

(18) Comments | Posted June 2, 2010 | 7:38 AM

Last week, I posed the question that serves as subtitle for my book: who wins the war between states and corporations?

The answer is pretty simple. A corporation that finds itself at war with a state these days is in big trouble. We've had one...

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Have We Really Come To 'The End Of The Free Market'?

(37) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 8:45 AM

When you write a book called The End of the Free Market, you can be pretty sure what the first question is going to be: "Do you really believe we're seeing the end of the free market? Really?"

Yes, I do. But there are two important caveats. Not everywhere...

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'The End Of The Free Market': Why America Must Defend The Free Market Economy (VIDEO)

(79) Comments | Posted May 14, 2010 | 10:47 AM

Breaking News: This is not free market capitalism's finest hour.

Greece has provided the eurozone with its largest ever stress test. The EU and IMF have ridden to the rescue, but that's hardly a ringing endorsement for the world's largest ever experiment in capitalism without borders. Things aren't going...

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Hugo Chavez's Most Dangerous Enemy? It's Chavez Himself

(11) Comments | Posted November 14, 2007 | 6:03 PM

In proven and unproven reserves, Venezuela is believed to control some 270 billion barrels of oil, the deepest supply in the world. As crude prices lurch toward $100 per barrel, President Hugo Chavez would appear to hold the only weapon he needs to further tighten his grip on domestic political...

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Brazil's Economic Growth Shouldn't Be Overlooked

(6) Comments | Posted October 17, 2007 | 5:33 PM

When it comes to emerging-market success stories, Brazil is usually the most overlooked of the so-called BRIC countries, a group that includes Russia, India and China. Trends underlying Brazil's political development and the country's ability to profit from a favorable international investment climate suggest that's a mistake.

The story behind...

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