Ian Bremmer

Political-risk expert Ian Bremmer to speak in SMU’s 2017-18 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Tuesday, Jan. 30

Ian BremmerIan Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group and one of the world’s leading experts on political risk, will deliver the Tolleson Family Lecture in SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Dubbed a “rising guru” in the field of political risk by The Economist, Bremmer teaches classes on the discipline as Global Research Professor at New York University and is a foreign-affairs columnist and editor-at-large for TIME magazine. His most recent book, Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World, was published in May 2015.

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In 1998, Bremmer established Eurasia Group with $25,000. Today, the company has offices in New York, Washington and London, as well as a network of experts and resources in 90 countries. Eurasia Group provides analysis and expertise on how political developments and national security dynamics move markets and shape investments across the globe.

As the firm’s president and most active public voice, Bremmer advises leading executives, money managers, diplomats and heads of state. He 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.

Bremmer has published nine books, including the national bestsellers Every Nation for Itself: What Happens When No One Leads the World and The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? He is a regular columnist for the Financial Times A-List and has written hundreds of articles for leading publications. He also appears regularly on CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, CNN, the BBC, and other networks.

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Bremmer earned his Ph.D. degree 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 the Harold J. Newman Distinguished Fellow in Geopolitics at the Asia Society Policy Institute and serves on the President’s Council of the Near East Foundation, on the Leadership Council for Concordia, and on the Board of Trustees of Intelligence Squared.

All SMU community members are invited to the free Tate Lecture Series Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tweet questions for Ian Bremmer to #SMUtate.

Students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible free seating at the evening lecture. Seats will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Three experts discuss 21st-century Russia in Tate Lecture Jan. 19

Ian Bremmer, Stephen Hadley and Claire ShipmanThree experts in international politics and 21st-century Russia will discuss the future of U.S. relations in the post-Soviet world as part of SMU’s 2009-10 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Jan. 19.

Former national security adviser Stephen Hadley, World Policy Institute fellow Ian Bremmer and television network correspondent Claire Shipman will present the Gregg and Molly Engles Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Hadley served as national security adviser for President George W. Bush from 2005-09. In that role, he was the principal White House foreign policy adviser and directed the National Security Council staff.

Bremmer is an expert on U.S. foreign policy, states in transition and global political risk. He is founder and president of Eurasia Group, the world’s leading political risk consultancy, which works with more than 200 financial, corporate and government clients on six continents. His six books include The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall, selected by The Economist as one of the best books of 2006.

Shipman joined ABC’s “Good Morning America” as senior national correspondent in 2001. She also contributes to other ABC News programs. She spent five years working at CNN’s Moscow Bureau, where her reporting won several awards.

Hadley, Bremmer and Shipman will answer questions from SMU community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to all faculty, staff and students.

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