37 minutes | Jun 1, 2023
How AI is changing our economy
"We're entering into another leg of a continued industrial revolution which is going to be marked by collaboration between humans and machines," says Archie Foster, Managing Director and Head of Thematic Equities at Citi Investment Management. "This will include industrial automation, robotics, and AI," he adds. In the latest episode of Living Beyond Borders, a podcast produced in partnership between GZERO and Citi Global Wealth Investments, Foster is joined by Dev Saxena, Director of Eurasia Group's Geo-technology Practice, to go beyond the hype surrounding generative AI and ChatGPT to understand how it can truly affect the economy and our political systems in the coming months. While the fears about job losses may be overblown or premature, there is no question that the use of this technology is changing jobs and industries. As tech giants increasingly adopt AI to improve productivity, we'll look at the main challenges they face, as well as what regulators need to keep in mind as elections around the world continue to be susceptible to misinformation. This episode is moderated by Shari Friedman, Eurasia Group’s Managing Director of Climate and Sustainability. Host: Shari Friedman Guests: Archie Foster, Dev Saxena
38 minutes | May 27, 2023
Fix the global debt crisis before it's too late, warns World Bank's David Malpass
In his final interview as World Bank president, David Malpass sits down with Ian Bremmer on the GZERO World podcast to discuss all things debt. No, not your credit card or mortgage payments, but the sovereign debt that governments use to pay their bills. Global debt has ballooned to an eye-watering $300 trillion due to decades of low interest that made borrowing money extremely cheap, followed by runaway inflation driven by the pandemic and war in Ukraine. This dynamic has forced a lot of nations––particularly the poorest––to borrow more money than it can pay back. In a wide-ranging interview, Malpass explains how the global debt crisis got so bad and whether there's any hope of averting economic disaster before it's too late. He also reflects on his tenure as World Bank president, advice for his successor, China's emergence in the 21st century as the world's creditor, and why the US debt limit law needs to be rewritten. Host: Ian Bremmer Guest: David Malpass
28 minutes | May 20, 2023
Rebuilding American infrastructure with Pete Buttigieg
In this episode, we’re bridging America’s divides, and we mean that literally. It’s infrastructure week on GZERO World, and Ian Bremmer is talking to Mr. Infrastructure himself: US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. They discuss the state of America’s roads, bridges, and tunnels, as well as the landmark legislation meant to upgrade them all. They also talk about how major technological advances in electric vehicles and industrial shipping are poised to change the ways we move, and the things we ship. Oh, and they talk 2024 and why the Secretary recently changed his permanent address to that swing state, Michigan. Host: Ian Bremmer Guest: Pete Buttigieg
34 minutes | May 18, 2023
Can the US and China find common ground?
"I think we're entering into a period when it will be more attractive to invest outside of the US and to invest in China and Pan-Asia than we've probably seen in the last few years," says David Bailin, Chief Investment Officer at Citi Global Wealth. In the latest episode of Living Beyond Borders, a podcast produced in partnership between GZERO and Citi Global Wealth Investments, Bailin is joined by Ian Bremmer, President and Founder of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media, to get the latest on the relationship between the United States and China, and their power over the rest of the world. With competing motivations, the superpowers are both looking at ways to protect themselves - from the 2022 CHIPS and Science Act in the US to President Xi Jinping's increasing diplomatic moves with Europe and elsewhere. But the countries are also intertwined, and they are each looking to navigate a delicate balancing act on the global stage. This episode is moderated by Shari Friedman, Eurasia Group’s Managing Director of Climate and Sustainability. Host: Shari Friedman Guests: David Bailin, Ian Bremmer
32 minutes | May 13, 2023
Conservatives no more? Why Chris Christie is criticizing Trump and DeSantis
The upcoming GOP presidential primary will be many things – expensive, long, chaotic – but one thing we know for sure is that it won't be pretty. And one potential Trump rival, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, is ready to embrace the ugly. In a wide-ranging interview with Ian Bremmer on the GZERO World podcast, Christie outlines the stark reality he sees as things begin to heat up on the campaign trail. "I think there's one lane for the nomination, and right now, Donald Trump's in the front of that lane," Christie tells Bremmer. "And if you want to get in the front of that lane, you better intervene and go right through him because otherwise, trying to go around him, I don't think it's a strategy. " While Christie is still playing coy on whether he'll throw his hat in the ring or simply influence the conversation from afar, he spoke with clarity and confidence on a wide variety of issues. On the debt ceiling, he's confident that Republicans and Democrats will avert disaster; on DeSantis, he thinks the Florida Governor has made his Disney-doomed bed and has to sleep in it. On the culture war issues...well, you'll just have to listen to the conversation. They also talk foreign policy and specifically Russia/Ukraine, where the former Governor's insistence on continued support for Ukraine is decidedly starker than what President Trump said on CNN last week. Host: Ian Bremmer Guest: Chris Christie
38 minutes | May 6, 2023
Why Netanyahu critic Ehud Barak calls Israel's government "clearly illegitimate"
As Israel grapples with political and social turmoil, the debate over judicial reform has become a crucial battleground for the country's future direction. In a conversation with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, they delve into the implications of Prime Minister Netanyahu's proposed reforms that would give the executive branch sweeping control over the composition of the Supreme Court and allow parliament to overturn court rulings with a simple majority. Despite Netanyahu's decision to postpone the vote on these controversial reforms, protests have continued to rage across the country — with big potential consequences for Israel's democratic system and social stability. Host: Ian Bremmer Guest: Ehud Barak
35 minutes | May 4, 2023
Energy transition today
"It actually all comes down to one thing and that's money," says Raad Alkadiri, Managing Director of Energy, Climate and Resources at Eurasia Group. "Will there be the money for investment in renewables, in energy efficiency made available? And I'm not just talking about the industrialized world, I'm talking about globally." In the latest episode of Living Beyond Borders, a podcast produced in partnership between GZERO and Citi Global Wealth Investments, Alkadiri is joined by Malcolm Spittler, Global Investment Strategist and Senior US Economist at Citi Global Wealth Investments, to look at where the energy transition to renewable fuels stands globally, after setbacks from the pandemic and geopolitical instability. They discuss the increasing need for energy security being a big driver for renewable energy in regions like Europe, how the war in Ukraine is still affecting energy markets, and what kinds of investments need to happen in technology and infrastructure to realize more sustainable and cleaner energy globally. Host: Shari Friedman Guests: Raad Alkadiri, Malcolm Spittler
28 minutes | Apr 22, 2023
NATO’s Russia problem: the increasing danger of military confrontation between nuclear powers
As tensions between Russia and NATO continue to escalate, the world is once again on the brink of a potential nuclear confrontation. On the GZERO World podcast, Ian Bremmer sits down with Ivo Daalder, former US Ambassador to NATO and current President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, to discuss the complex geopolitical landscape and the challenges faced by nations caught between Russia and the West. From Moscow's aggressive nuclear saber-rattling to NATO's territorial expansion along the Russian border, the risk of a military clash between two nuclear-armed superpowers is at its highest since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Bremmer and Daalder delve into the possibility of a new Cold War and explore the difficulties faced by countries like Brazil, India, and South Africa, which find themselves trapped in the midst of escalating tensions. Host: Ian Bremmer Guest: Ivo Daalder
33 minutes | Apr 20, 2023
Broken (supply) chains
"Other than the impacts of the pandemic, which are easing, and from Russia/Ukraine, I'd say that the greatest risk to global supply chains today and moving forward will likely be from the US- China relationship, and the movement towards selective decoupling," says Jon Lang, Director for Trade and Supply Chains at Eurasia Group. In the latest episode of Living Beyond Borders, a podcast produced in partnership between GZERO and Citi Global Wealth Investments, Lang is joined by Charlie Reinhard, Head of Investment Strategy for North America at Citi Global Wealth Investments, to discuss how global supply chains have largely adapted to and moved on from changes that occurred during the global pandemic. While there are some impacts from the war in Ukraine and pent up demand, they also look at how tension between the US and China, as well as increasing regulation and calls for transparency, are changing the shape of supply chains as well as the economy as a whole. Host: Shari Friedman Guests: Charlie Reinhard, Jon Lang
29 minutes | Apr 15, 2023
Trumped up charges? Preet Bharara on the law & politics of investigating a president's crimes
Where democracy is built upon rule of law, legal challenges faced by public officials are a sober matter. On the GZERO World podcast, Ian Bremmer sits down with former US Attorney for the Southern District of NY and podcast host, Preet Bharara. Together, they explore the current state of the US legal system, the hurdles for keeping public officials to account, and the potential implications for democracy when a former president is criminally charged by federal courts. Bharara draws from his extensive experience as a prosecutor to offer insightful perspectives on pressing legal concerns, including the role of executive privilege in government accountability. The duo also takes a deep dive into news headlines, addressing the ethical dilemma surrounding Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and the ongoing Department of Justice investigation into the Ukraine leak.
43 minutes | Apr 8, 2023
How healthy is the US-Canada relationship?
On the GZERO World podcast, Ian Bremmer delves into the current status of the US-Canada relationship. In a nutshell: it's going well — definitely a lot better than under Donald Trump — but not all smooth sailing. Ian interviews the ambassadors of both countries, David Cohen (US Ambassador to Canada) and Kirsten Hillman (Canadian Ambassador to the US), about what brings the two countries together and the challenges that trigger political division. He also chats with Anita Anand, Canada's defense minister, about a variety of national security challenges, from Chinese spy balloons to ... TikTok. Host: Ian Bremmer Guests: Ambassador David Cohen, Ambassador Kirsten Hilllman, Defense Minister Anita Anand
31 minutes | Apr 6, 2023
Inflation Nations: What to know about inflation and interest rates
"During the course of this year, the Fed will not be concerned only with inflation as the months go by, increasingly the pendulum will shift, and they'll be concerned about the employment part of their mandate as well, says Charlie Reinhard, head of investment strategy for North America at Citi Global Wealth Investments. In the latest episode of Living Beyond Borders, a podcast produced in partnership between GZERO and Citi Global Wealth Investments, Reinhard joins Eurasia Group’s Rob Kahn for a check in on the lasting, sticky rates of inflation, how the Fed will continue to adjust interest rates, and what kind of recession - if any - investors should prepare themselves for. Host: Shari Friedman Guests: Charlie Reinhard, Rob Kahn
41 minutes | Apr 1, 2023
Larry Summers breaks down the banking crisis
On the GZERO World podcast, Ian Bremmer and former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers discuss the recent bank failures that are disrupting global markets and worrying investors worldwide. They discuss whether the current situation constitutes a banking crisis and explore the role of inflation in contributing to the problems. As an inflation expert, Summers provides valuable insights and predictions on the duration of the financial turmoil. Additionally, he warns of the significant changes that AI could bring to traditional hierarchies and proposes a controversial solution for rebuilding Ukraine: seizing frozen Russian assets. Host: Ian Bremmer Guest: Larry Summers, former US Treasury Secretary
30 minutes | Mar 25, 2023
What happens when we take water for granted
The lack of access to clean, drinkable water is a critical issue affecting billions of people across the globe. On the GZERO World podcast, Gilbert Houngbo, Chair of UN-Water and former Prime Minister of Togo, talks with host Ian Bremmer about global efforts to protect the world's most precious resource. Water is something many take for granted, but four billion people—half the world’s population—experience at least a month of severe water scarcity each year, Houngbo explains, and two billion others lack reliable water access all year round. To address the global water challenge, Houngbo calls for a multi-pronged approach of investment water-related infrastructure and technology, as well as good governance and policy. "As a global society, we have taken water for granted," Houngbo says, "Water has to become everyone's business." Host: Ian Bremmer Guest: Gilbert Houngbo, Chair of UN-Water
25 minutes | Mar 23, 2023
The economic power of women
"Women control a third of the world's global wealth today, and they make 70% of household consumption decisions. It is a segment that we all have to be focused on, because the success of the women as a whole is going to continue to drive economic prosperity for all of our countries around the world," says Ida Liu, Global Head of Citi Private Bank. In the latest episode of Living Beyond Borders, a podcast produced in partnership between GZERO and Citi Global Wealth Investments, Liu joins Eurasia Group’s Celeste Tambaro for a candid conversation about the reasons why increased participation of women in the workforce and in leadership creates greater growth for companies and economies. Women were disproportionately impacted by job loss during the pandemic, but there are indications that is changing as employment numbers climb back to levels seen before March 2020. Still, there is a long way to go toward equity, as Liu and Tambaro explain. This episode features: Shari Friedman, Eurasia Group’s Managing Director of Climate and Sustainability (moderator) Ida Liu, Global Head of Citi Private Bank Celeste Tambaro, Managing Director, Financial Institutions, Eurasia Group
47 minutes | Mar 18, 2023
The costs of invading Iraq: Sen. Tammy Duckworth & Richard Engel assess war's lasting effects, 20 years later
It's been 20 years since the US-led invasion of Iraq began. Can we say the world is any better off? Despite its official end over a decade ago, the war still casts a long shadow––the loss of countless Iraqi lives, the emergence of ISIS, and continued political turmoil and sectarian violence in the region. Moreover, the war significantly damaged the United States' credibility, making it difficult to gather global support against current threats such as Russia's invasion of Ukraine. On the GZERO World podcast, Ian Bremmer interviews US Senator Tammy Duckworth and NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel. Their firsthand experiences and perspectives offer a more profound comprehension of the intricate legacy of the Iraq War and its implications for international politics.
32 minutes | Mar 9, 2023
Should I STILL be worried?
“The equivalent of what we spent in World War II was spent in the course of a year and a half to support the U.S. economy, and that had global impacts. All of that was rolled out with incredible speed and effectiveness, [but] the hangover effects from that are very, very significant,” said David Bailin, Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of Investments at Citi Global Wealth. Years into a global pandemic and one year into an unexpected war in Ukraine, the stability of the world's economy - and political balance - remains in question. In this episode of “Living Beyond Borders,” we’re asking once again just how worried investors and citizens need to be in the face of an ongoing conflict in Europe, rising interest rates and inflation, and more global shifts. This episode features: Shari Friedman, Eurasia Group’s Managing Director of Climate and Sustainability (moderator) David Bailin, Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of Investments at Citi Global Wealth. Ian Bremmer, President and Founder, Eurasia Group and GZERO Media
30 minutes | Mar 4, 2023
Survival is success: IRC’s David Miliband responds to “double crisis” in Turkey & Syria
As the world watches the aftermath of the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, we are confronted with a sobering reality: delivering aid in a region rife with conflict and political instability is an immense challenge. On the GZERO World podcast, Ian Bremmer and David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, discuss the dire situation in Turkey and Syria —especially in the northwest of Syria, where delivering aid remains an uphill battle. As if the pre-existing crisis wasn't enough, the earthquakes have worsened the situation, leaving people without medical care as the region deals with a deadly cholera outbreak and freezing winter temperatures. Meanwhile, in Turkey, the earthquake has sparked a debate about corruption and poor governance, with the response likely to become a major issue in the upcoming election. Right now, the most urgent need is ensuring aid and humanitarian assistance continue to reach the people who desperately need it. Adding to the urgency is the ongoing refugee crisis in Turkey and throughout Europe. Miliband gives his prescription for the four elements of fair migration and stresses the urgency of "balancing fairness and humanity by fulfilling legal and moral obligations" towards those who have been displaced from their homes.
39 minutes | Feb 25, 2023
Ukraine’s strength, Russia’s stubbornness - and the uncertainty of war to come
Ian Bremmer is on the ground in Germany for the annual Munich Security Conference to ask world leaders how much further the West is willing to go in its support for Kiev. As the world marks the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine, Zelensky's military has performed far better against Russia than even some of its staunchest supporters expected when the war began. And Putin's illegal invasion of a soverign neighbor has rallied the West to Kiev's cause. Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has been called Europe’s new Iron Lady, and says no Russian war crime should go unpunished. And NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană offers a candid assessment of a war that has no clear end in sight. On the GZERO World podcast, Ian speaks to them both about the lessons learned during year one of the war…and what might happen next.
29 minutes | Feb 22, 2023
Nigeria’s presidential election is a critical moment for Africa
On February 25, Africa’s most populous nation heads to the polls to vote for a new president in what is shaping up to be a hotly contested race. Nigeria has one of the fastest growing populations globally, one that could surpass the United States by 2050. And it’s a young country—75% of registered voters are under 50 years old. The candidates, Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and Peter Obi from the Labour Party are all vying to replace the outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari. To help you better understand the Nigerian election and what’s at stake, GZERO is handing over this podcast feed today to Amaka Anku, Head of Eurasia Group’s Africa practice. She brings us a conversation from the The Center for Global Development podcast moderated by CGD’s Senior Policy Fellow Gyude Moore. GZERO Media will also bring you updates on the election results and what they mean for Nigeria’s future. Check us out at gzeromedia.com.