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GZero World with Ian Bremmer
25 minutes | 6 days ago
Dr. Fauci's Pandemic Prognosis
The country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, joins Ian Bremmer to talk vaccines, school re-openings, and when—and how—the pandemic could finally come end. He was last on GZERO World just weeks before the pandemic hit in the fall of 2019 and he described at the time what kept him up at night: a “pandemic-like respiratory illness.” This time, he talks about how closely that nightmare scenario foreshadowed the COVID-19 pandemic. He also offers some guidance about what public health measures vaccinated Americans should continue to take in the coming months (hint: masks stay on).
32 minutes | 20 days ago
Can AMLO Live Up to Mexico’s Critical Moment? Jorge Ramos Discusses
Mexico finds itself at a critical moment in history: its populist president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (also known as AMLO), appears unable to get control of the rampant violence that he promised to curb or of the raging coronavirus that he himself was just infected by. And during this moment of crisis, Mexico’s most important trading partner, the United States, has just elected a new president. Outside observers were surprised by leftist AMLO’s ability to get along so well with former President Trump. Will President Biden prove a tougher challenge? Ian Bremmer speaks with acclaimed journalist and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos.
22 minutes | a month ago
The Race To Vaccinate: Dr. Atul Gawande Provides Perspective
Can the United States vaccinate enough of its population to prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths before new and more contagious COVID-19 variants take hold? And will these vaccines even be effective against more adaptable mutations of the virus? Surgeon and public health expert Dr. Atul Gawande, most recently of the Biden/Harris COVID-19 Transition Task Force, joins the podcast to discuss the latest in the global effort to vaccinate our way out of this pandemic. He also explains why people should get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine if offered the chance, despite its lower overall efficacy rate compared to the mRNA-based vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna.
22 minutes | a month ago
The Worst Time To Enter Congress: Rep. Nancy Mace
Continuing our two-part podcast with very different lawmakers from Congress, Ian Bremmer speaks with freshman Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-SC). She shares her experience during the January 6 riots shortly after taking office, explains why she did not support impeaching a president she strongly condemned, and discusses where she thinks Democrats and Republicans in Congress can come together in 2021. Listen to part one to compare Rep. Mace’s views to those of two-term Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT).
19 minutes | a month ago
Congress After The Attempt To Overthrow Democracy: Sen. Chris Murphy
Can Democrats and Republicans agree on anything? In a special two-part podcast, Ian Bremmer has in-depth conversations with very different members of Congress. First up: two-term Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) talks about his harrowing experience during the Capitol riots, why an impeachment trial is still valuable, the proposed $1.9 trillion stimulus package and where Republicans and Democrats can work together in 2021. Don't miss part two with freshman Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC).
23 minutes | a month ago
Kara Swisher on Big Tech's Big Problem
Renowned tech journalist Kara Swisher has no qualms about saying that social media companies bear responsibility for the January 6th pro-Trump riots at the Capitol and will likely be complicit in the civil unrest that may continue well into Biden’s presidency. It’s no surprise, she argues, that the online rage that platforms like Facebook and Twitter intentionally foment translated into real-life violence. But if Silicon Valley’s current role in our national discourse is untenable, how can the US government rein it in? That, it turns out, is a bit more complicated. Swisher joins Ian Bremmer on our podcast.
25 minutes | 2 months ago
Do the Global Poor Have a Champion in the World Bank? The View From Its President, David Malpass
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 is trying to keep the developing world from slipping further into poverty in the wake of a once-in-a-century pandemic.
23 minutes | 2 months ago
Russia's Cyber Attack: An Act of Espionage or War? Jeh Johnson's Perspective
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 an act of war? Johnson joins Ian Bremmer to discuss.
19 minutes | 2 months ago
Can Europe Trust the US – Or Its Own Nations? German Diplomat Wolfgang Ischinger’s View
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 Ischinger, who has served as ambassador to both the US and the UK. His new book, World in Danger: Germany and Europe in an Uncertain Time, explores the current state of the EU and its place in global affairs as the UK prepares for its “BREXIT” and China looms large in the geopolitical landscape.
35 minutes | 3 months ago
COVID Vaccine in Record Time - What Now? Moderna Co-Founder Noubar Afeyan
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 interviews Noubar Afeyan, the co-founder of a leading vaccine developer Moderna. They’ll discuss distribution plans, the revolutionary science behind Moderna’s vaccine, and how a company younger than Twitter became a frontrunner in the race to end the pandemic.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Special Edition: Can Sustainable Investing Save Our Planet?
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, sustainable investing is a bigger discussion than ever. What does it mean, and how does it not only help the environment and societies but also build your bottom line? That’s the topic of the latest episode of Living Beyond Borders. Moderator Caitlin Dean is joined by Harlin Singh, Head of Sustainable Investing at Citi Private Bank; Elree Winnett Seelig, the Head of ESG for Markets and Security Services at Citi; Rohitesh Dhawan, Director of Global Energy and Natural Resources at Eurasia Group; and Gerry Butts, Eurasia Group's Vice Chairman.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
What You Still May Not Know About Joe: Insights From Biden Biographer Evan Osnos
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 writer Evan Osnos provides a deep dive into the life, legacy and potential presidency of the next leader of the free world.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
Special Edition: What to Expect from Joe Biden’s Presidency
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 latest episode of Living Beyond Borders, we’re examining what the election results mean to the US, the world, and your wallet. From taxes to trade and climate change, our experts offer the facts and figures you need to know as America prepares for the Inauguration of the 46th President. Moderated by Caitlin Dean, this conversation features Jon Lieber, Eurasia Group’s Managing Director for the US; and Candi Wolff, Head of Global Governmental Affairs at Citi.
32 minutes | 4 months ago
Will NATO Adapt to Emerging Global Threats? Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's Perspective
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. He’ll discuss how the alliance is adapting to a variety of threats and challenges ranging from the rising influence of China to cyber warfare to the coronavirus pandemic.
24 minutes | 4 months ago
COVID-19 and The Dark Winter to Come: Insights From Dr. Ashish Jha
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 coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of The Brown University School of Public Health, joins Ian Bremmer to take stock of how things got so bad (again) and how we can brace for the dark winter that awaits us.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Special Edition: Running on Fumes: The Future of Fossil Fuels
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 and economic experts--Luigi Pigorini, Head of Citi Private Bank in Europe, Middle East, and Africa; Ed Morse, Global Head of Commodities Research at Citi; and Robert Johnston, Managing Director, Global Energy and Natural Resources at Eurasia Group.
21 minutes | 4 months ago
What Could Go Wrong in the US Election? Rick Hasen on Nightmare Scenarios and Challenges
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 November 3rd). Ian Bremmer takes those fears head-on with election law expert Rick Hasen. They talk about how voter suppression, administrative incompetence, and/or dirty tricks by foreign actors could affect this year’s election.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
How a “President Biden” Could Reshape US Foreign Policy: Views From Anne-Marie Slaughter
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 President Obama and now runs the think tank New America, weighs in.
31 minutes | 4 months ago
Special Edition: Big Cities After COVID: Boom or Bust?
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 developing nations. But it will no doubt be impacted by the economic and lifestyle changes this global crisis has brought, from New York to London to Tokyo and beyond. In this episode we examine the short and longer-term implications of a shift toward urbanization, how the pandemic will alter city life, and what it all means for the global economy, geopolitics, and your wallet. Moderated by Caitlin Dean, Head of the Financial and Professional Services Practice at Eurasia Group, the conversation pairs Citi Private Bank's Head of North America, Ida Liu, with Senior Editor Alexander Kliment of GZERO Media's Signal newsletter.
28 minutes | 5 months ago
UNHCR's Filippo Grandi: How the Pandemic has Upended the Lives of Refugees
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 Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi (who recently contracted the virus himself) tells Ian Bremmer in this episode of the GZERO World podcast that the coronavirus has upended the lives of millions of refugees in countless ways. Countries that were already limiting their number of refugees closed up their borders entirely. And today, as nationalist sentiments and straight-up xenophobia become ever more prevalent, 80 million people, or one percent of the world’s population, find themselves displaced.
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