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For the first time in twenty years extreme poverty around the world is growing. How does the developing world recover from a pandemic that has brought even the richest nations to their knees? David Malpass, the President of the World Bank, is tasked with answering that question. He joins Ian Bremmer on the podcast to talk about how his organization…
 
Former US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spent years trying to protect the United States against the kind of massive cyber attack that Russia carried out against American businesses and government agencies in the last year. But at what point should we view such a breach as more than a remarkable feat of espionage? When does it constitute a…
 
The GZERO World podcast examines the current state of transatlantic partnerships between the US and Europe following four years of Trump’s presidency, and whether or not the incoming Biden Administration can restore trust that the US is a willing and reliable ally. Ian Bremmer's guest is one of Germany’s most accomplished diplomats, Wolfgang Ischin…
 
The pandemic’s US death toll shows no signs of abating and the holiday season’s spike will likely dwarf any surge that came before it. But in the midst of this dark winter there are glimmers of hope, as the first of the COVID-19 vaccines have nearly arrived (or, depending on when you read this, already have). On the podcast this week, Ian Bremmer i…
 
Benjamin Franklin famously called on American business leaders more than two centuries ago to “Do well by doing good.” To him, that meant creating companies that were not just about the bottom line, but also that helped foster happier and healthier communities. Now, as 2021 approaches and the world recovers from the greatest crisis of our lifetimes…
 
Joe Biden has been a public figure for decades but he’s far from an open book. For a man who has been in national politics since the age of 29 and has made multiple attempts at the presidency (third time’s a charm) it’s remarkable how much he has been willing to change. In a conversation with Ian Bremmer, Biden biographer and New Yorker staff write…
 
It was an election for the history books in many ways, with record voter turnout during an unprecedented global health crisis. And while President-elect Joe Biden emerged as the winner after securing close-margin victories in some key states, he will undoubtedly face a deeply divided nation when he takes the oath of office in January 2021. In our l…
 
The world has changed significantly since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Has the intergovernmental military alliance of NATO—which was founded to counter the Soviet threat to the West—done enough to keep up with today's landscape of global threats? Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg joins Ian Bremmer to make the case for a modern, 21st century NATO. …
 
The US election may be nearly over (emphasis on nearly) but the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. During the week of the election alone, the daily US case rate shattered the pandemic’s previous record, reaching well over 100,000. The grim milestone made it all too clear the biggest story of the year, and of perhaps our lifetimes, continues to be the coro…
 
The pandemic has hastened an already growing trend in energy consumption globally—a shift from fossil fuels like oil and gas toward renewable resources. What nations and corporations stand to benefit from this new reality, and who stands to lose the most? In the latest episode of Living Beyond Borders, moderator Caitlin Dean asks some geopolitical …
 
The end is nigh! With just days to go (hours, really) until voting concludes for the 2020 US election, many Americans are losing sleep over the various ways that things could go wrong on Election Day and in the days and weeks to follow (it may be time to retire that term “Election Day,” given that most states won’t finish their ballot counting on N…
 
If the 2016 presidential election taught us anything, it's that only fools make predictions. So let’s give it a go! In this episode of the GZERO World podcast, Ian Bremmer poses a basic question: If Joe Biden wins the presidency how would he reshape U.S. foreign policy? Anne-Marie Slaughter, who served as a top State Department official under Presi…
 
What will the cities of the future look like? Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the answer to that question was clearer: Urban areas around the world were on a trajectory of exponential growth, with 68% of the world's population expected to live in cities by 2050. It's unlikely the pandemic can dramatically alter that unstoppable trend, particularly in…
 
Guest: Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees When the pandemic first took hold earlier this year, refugees around the world braced for the worst. Tightly packed camps with poor hygiene seemed like viral hotspots in waiting. But these nightmare scenarios largely did not come to pass, or at least hasn’t yet. Even still, UN High Commission…
 
As global competition and a ratcheting pandemic blame game erode diplomatic relations between the US and China, GZERO Media and Citi Private Bank are taking a look at what that growing schism means for the economy, consumers, and the world order. In geopolitical circles it’s known as “decoupling,” a move toward a creation of separate systems for th…
 
Guest: Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece When the coronavirus came to Greece in March, the country was only beginning to emerge from a decades-long financial crisis that had brought it to its knees. Citizens feared the worst, but instead the country responded swiftly and effectively, and cases have stayed down. On the GZERO World with I…
 
The coronavirus pandemic threatened to bring Europe’s economy to its knees. Then something remarkable happened: 27 member states came together. On the latest episode of the GZERO World with Ian Bremmer podcast is the woman at the heart of that response, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde. She'll explain how European nations were able…
 
Have you ever heard of Blue Zones? They're communities all around the globe—from Sardinia to Okinawa to Loma Linda, CA—where residents exceed the average human lifespan by years, and even decades. While they’ve been studied for the lessons we can learn about health, lifestyle, and environment, you don’t have to live in a Blue Zone to experience inc…
 
The world’s largest multilateral organization was born out of the global crisis of World War II. Now, as another crisis rocks the world, the United Nations is facing a challenge of its own—to remain relevant in an increasingly nationalistic geopolitical environment. On the eve of the first Virtual UN General Assembly, Ian Bremmer spoke to UN Secret…
 
No matter who wins the US election, the result will reverberate around the world through America's policies on trade, immigration, and security. To understand that impact better, the writers of Signal, GZERO's newsletter, asked local journalists in 24 countries how the election is viewed where they live, and what they expect to come next. Overall, …
 
Stanford University president Marc Tessier-Lavigne joins Ian Bremmer to talk about how higher education is trying (and in many cases failing) to adjust to the pandemic this fall. Tessier-Lavigne made news in August by reversing a June decision to welcome undergraduates back to campus, determining that California’s summer Covid outbreak made it unte…
 
Globalism came with big promises—free trade, open borders, and a rising tide that would lift everyone’s boat, including members of the working class. But decades into the experiment and months into the worst global crisis in a lifetime, nationalist populism is on the rise. In this critical moment, is there a way forward that continues the economic …
 
President Trump’s top advisor—and son-in-law—Jared Kushner joins GZERO World for an in-depth conversation with Ian Bremmer. On the heels of an historic deal normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Kushner discusses the latest development in a key mission of his tenure in the White House—moving closer to an elusive Middle …
 
It was a blast heard around the world, an explosion so big it literally sent shockwaves through the streets of Beirut. More than 200 were killed, thousands injured, and hundreds of thousands left homeless. Ian Bremmer examines the aftermath and fallout of the catastrophe in Lebanon, a nation that was already aflame in political turmoil. Ian talks t…
 
Former CDC director – and current CEO of the public health initiative Resolve to Save Lives – Dr. Tom Frieden joins Ian Bremmer to talk about how to get the Covid-19 pandemic under control in the United States (hint: we need more data). As with politics, Dr. Frieden argues, all epidemics are local. And the outbreaks crippling much of the South and …
 
Ian Bremmer explores the escalating tension between the world’s two biggest geopolitical and economic players—the US and China. With guest Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, Bremmer discusses the modern history of China after the fall of the Soviet Union and why another Cold War might be inevitable.…
 
On the latest episode of GZERO World, former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy joins Ian Bremmer to discuss how the Sun Belt states became America’s epicenter in the COVID-19 outbreak, the latest treatments and therapies for the most severely ill, and another pandemic plaguing America in this time of social distancing and isolation—loneliness.…
 
On the latest episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer talks to embattled Filipina journalist Maria Ressa, CEO of the online news agency Rappler. Ressa and her team have been involved in a years-long legal battle that challenges press freedoms and free speech in the Philippines, as President Rodrigo Duterte continues to assert authoritarian control in h…
 
As GZERO World kicks off its third season, Ian Bremmer is examining the state of U.S. response and recovery six months into the pandemic. Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) joins to discuss what Congress has done to provide economic relief to businesses and people impacted by the unexpected and unprecedented downturn, and next steps still to come. He also tak…
 
In the latest episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer explores international reaction to the murder of George Floyd and global protests against police brutality and racism. Karen Attiah, Global Opinions Editor of The Washington Post, explains her view that, on issues of race and inequality, the U.S. is a “developing country,” and while this moment of u…
 
The images of George Floyd’s death, captured on video and seen around the world, ignited global rage and calls for an end to the systemic racism that has plagued policing in the U.S. since its founding. On the latest episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer talks about possible solutions and paths to real change with Deval Patrick, former governor of Ma…
 
In June of 2020, the world is facing an unprecedented two-fold crisis we didn’t see coming just months ago. Global health experts are racing to eradicate the largest pandemic in more than a century, as governments and economists try to stabilize markets and get industries back to work again. In a special edition of the GZERO World podcast, in partn…
 
As Beijing asserts further control of Hong Kong, threatening the “one country, two systems” policy the city has known since 1997, pro-democracy protesters and lawmakers alike are fighting to preserve the freedoms they have known. One of them is Dennis Kwok, a legislator who has drawn the ire of China’s government and says he and his compatriots fea…
 
Ian Bremmer talks to foreign policy expert Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of “The World: A Brief Introduction.” Haass explains that while the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life as we know it, the major issues confronting geopolitics in the 21st Century already existed. Bremmer and Haass disc…
 
With just a few companies controlling the vast majority of beef, pork and poultry processing in the US, the nation's meat supply chain was already vulnerable. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of the system and threatens to disrupt the entire industry, from farmers to processing plants to grocery store shelves. Former Iowa Governor…
 
Some economists have argued that data is the new oil, a precious commodity driving exponential growth of some of the biggest multinational corporations. This week, our guest says it could also be the new CO2, quietly changing the world in irreparable ways if not properly controlled. On the latest episode of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, a look at t…
 
As unemployment rises and lockdowns threaten the existence of businesses here and around the world, it's time to ask the question: Is another depression a possibility, and what would that look like today? Ian Bremmer poses this question to leading economic historian and author Adam Tooze. The two discuss the strength of the US and global economies …
 
Epidemiologist Dr. Larry Brilliant, whose work helped eliminate Smallpox forever, explains the steps necessary to eradicate the COVID-19 virus from the world. Brilliant methodically details a three-tiered approach to combating this health threat: Vaccination and herd immunity, proper protection to prevent spread including masks and gloves, and the …
 
Former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang discusses the proposal that served as the cornerstone for his campaign—universal basic income—and why he believes the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the need for the policy. Ian Bremmer and Yang also discuss the 2020 presidential race as it stands now, and what Joe Biden can and should…
 
Ian Bremmer interviews Cui Tiankai, China’s top diplomat in the United States, on a wide range of topics including accusations that China has underreported COVID-19 fatalities, his nation’s decision to expel journalists from major U.S. publications, and China’s emerging role in global aid and relief efforts.…
 
This week, Ian Bremmer explores the media’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and President Trump’s treatment of journalists. Ben Smith, media columnist at The New York Times and former head of Buzzfeed News, looks at global coverage of COVID-19, including misinformation campaigns and social media’s role in society today.…
 
While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating economic impact globally, few industries have been as hard hit as restaurants and hospitality. This week, famed restaurateur Danny Meyer, the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group and founder of Shake Shack, discusses the toll coronavirus has taken on his own business, his decision to let go 80% of …
 
Empty grocery store shelves, Purell selling at $100 a bottle, and handwashing that would make any mother proud. Uncertainty about coronavirus dominates daily lives today all around the globe. But along with the many unknowns come solid reasons for hope, if the right steps are taken immediately. Acclaimed health expert Laurie Garrett argues that the…
 
GZERO World presents a special edition of our weekly podcast, produced in partnership with Citi Private Bank. The first quarter of 2020 isn’t yet over, but the world has seen headlines ranging from a US standoff with Iran to fears of global recession and the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus. Ian Bremmer is joined by David Bailin, Managing Director a…
 
Idlib, Syria is the last rebel holdout of the Syrian civil war, a bloody battle that is now in its ninth year. As President Bashar al-Assad launched a final push to retake the city, nearly a million people fled the area under tragic circumstances. This week, a look at the unfolding humanitarian crisis with the International Rescue Committee's David…
 
For the past 20 years the name “Putin” has been synonymous with “Russia.” Will that ever change? On our latest episode, Ian Bremmer sits down with former Ambassador to Russia and career foreign service officer Bill Burns. The two examine how Vladimir Putin’s worldview was formed, and what his goals are for Russia, the U.S., and the world.…
 
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