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The World that Faces President Obama: A Conversation with Ian Bremmer

October 17, 2013 06:30 pm


International Student House
1825 R Street
20009 Washington, DC
United States

Ian Bremmer is the world’s foremost political-risk analyst.  Politicians, diplomats, business executives, and thought leaders listen carefully when he discusses the trends that are shaping our world. In a candid conversation, Dr. Bremmer will explore the foreign-policy challenges and opportunities that President Obama faces in his second term.  The discussion will be moderated by Ali Wyne of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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

Bremmer created Wall Street’s first global political risk index, and has authored several 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? Bremmer is a contributor for the Financial Times A-List and Reuters.com, and writes “The Call” blog on ForeignPolicy.com.  He has also published articles in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Newsweek, Harvard Business Review, and Foreign Affairs.  He appears regularly on CNBC, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, and other networks.

Bremmer holds a PhD in political science from Stanford University (1994), and was the youngest-ever national fellow at the Hoover Institution.  He presently teaches at Columbia University, and has held faculty positions at the EastWest Institute and the World Policy Institute.  In 2007, he was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.  His analysis focuses on global macro political trends and emerging markets, which he defines as “those countries where politics matter at least as much as economics for market outcomes.”

Ali Wyne is an associate of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a contributing analyst at Wikistrat, and a blogger for Big Think.

A graduate of MIT, Wyne served as a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 2008 to 2009 and as a research assistant to Graham Allison from 2009 to 2012.  He most recently served on the transition team of Samantha Power, America’s ambassador to the United Nations. 

A frequent commentator on international affairs, Wyne is a coauthor of Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013).

In 2012, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and the Diplomatic Courier selected Wyne as one of the 99 most influential professionals in foreign policy under 33. 

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