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

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 12:00pm

The US-shaped multilateral system, underpinned by globalization and supported by like-minded, advanced industrialized democracies, faces a fundamental challenge: the rise of the “different.”

Today, the world has changed. Rising emerging market nations are much poorer, they are less diplomatically experienced, and they have different priorities and political systems. Perhaps most importantly, they are inherently less stable.

What does this mean for the global order?

In this private luncheon, acclaimed geopolitical analyst and WPI Senior Fellow Ian Bremmer will offer insights on the causes and consequences of a broken global order; the shifting balance between security and economics; new investment strategies and the power of resilience; and what the future may hold in a world without a clear leader.

About the Speaker

Ian Bremmer is a prolific thought leader and author, regularly expressing his views on political issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications, including Time, where he is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. 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.

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 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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