Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He is also the president and founder of GZERO Media, a Eurasia Group company dedicated to helping a broad, global audience make sense of today’s leaderless world. Ian is a prolific thought leader, author, and noted lecturer, 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 is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large at Time magazine. His weekly television show GZERO World with Ian Bremmer is broadcast on public television. His latest book, Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism, is a New York Times bestseller.
Opening by denoting the initially apparent rift between optimism and geopolitics, Ian Bremmer continues by describing how the world is entering a “geopolitical recession”. Nations worldwide are upset; the public is willing to vote for people they didn’t used to be willing to vote for. This is the result of economic inequality, despite a strong global economy and leads to a lack general openness among people who feel abandoned. The effect of social media is very prominent among the disenfranchised, creating echo chambers and further “weaponizing” this frustration. At the same time that many people are feeling the system has failed the, China, as an alternative economy not based on a democratic, free market system, is becoming the strongest economy in the world. What, during this monumental change coupled with political unrest, is the cause for optimism?
For Ian Bremmer, its global warming. All the suffering it has and will cause is of course regrettable, but global warming has pushed entrepreneurs to extraordinary innovation and progress in recent years, and globalization has led to more diversification on an international scale.