Episodes
Can Big Government still rein in Big Tech or has it already lost control? Never before have just a few companies exerted such an outsized influence on humanity. It may be time to start thinking of these corporations as nation-states in their own rights. Ian Bremmer speaks with Nicholas Thompson, CEO of the Atlantic and former WIRED editor-in-chief, about how to police the digital world.
Published 10/23/21
The nature of work was changing long before the pandemic. While some industries and workers have benefitted from these changes, others have been left behind. This episode of Living Beyond Borders, a podcast series from GZERO brought to you by Citi Private Bank, looks in depth at the future of work. Moderated by Caitlin Dean, Head of the Geostrategy Practice at Eurasia Group, this episode features Ida Liu, Global Head of Private Banking at Citi Global Wealth and Alexander Kazan, CCO at...
Published 10/21/21
Artificial intelligence is changing the way we live — and very soon it'll go beyond medical breakthroughs and the algorithms that control your social newsfeeds. Will AI become the biggest technological disrupter since the Industrial Revolution, replacing many workers with robots? On this week's GZERO World podcast, Ian Bremmer discusses the future of AI with scientist Kai-fu Lee, who's just come out with a book about what our AI-driven world may look like 20 years from now.
Published 10/09/21
Can President Biden tamp down growing global skepticism and persuade his allies that the US is really “back”? Or is America's credibility irreparably damaged no matter what Biden, or any future president, says or does? Ian Bremmer is joined on the GZERO World podcast by global affairs journalist and Middle East expert Robin Wright of The New Yorker to discuss why Biden, the most geopolitically experienced US president in decades, is already looking to hit the reset button on America's foreign...
Published 10/02/21
The pandemic hit the global economy hard, and many economies are still hurting. But it could have been even worse. In May 2020 as a guest on the GZERO World podcast, economic historian Adam Tooze told Ian Bremmer that the world was facing a second Great Depression. In a new interview, Tooze is back to take stock and explains why the US economy rebounded so surprisingly fast, while much of the rest of the world lags behind.
Published 09/25/21
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit in full force in the US, the government had to act quickly to keep the economy afloat. One major thing that the Federal Reserve did was lower interest rates. That helped money keep flowing and borrowing rates low. The danger in juicing the economy this way, however, is that inflation could go up. We'll hear more about the U.S. recovery and what could come next. Living Beyond Borders, a podcast series from GZERO brought to you by Citi Private Bank, explores those...
Published 09/23/21
In a frank interview on the GZERO World podcast, António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, speaks with Ian Bremmer at the UN ahead of the annual General Assembly week. Guterres discusses COVID, climate, the US-China rift, and the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, and does not mince words when it comes to the dire state of the world. “We are standing at the edge of an abyss,” Guterres warns. Amidst this peril, there remains a startling lack of trust among nations. And yet, there is...
Published 09/18/21
 20 years have passed since 9/11, but is the US any safer? As the Taliban regains control in Afghanistan, was the War on Terror a failure or has it kept America safe from harm? On the GZERO World podcast, Ian Bremmer speaks to Michael Chertoff, who served as Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security under President George Bush; and Rory Stewart, who worked extensively in Afghanistan in his role as UK Secretary of State for International Development and beyond.
Published 09/11/21
There's a desperate need in the US to improve our infrastructure, much of which was built when the population was half the size it is today. After decades of neglect, President Biden’s infrastructure plan is poised to pump a trillion dollars into the economy to not just modernize bridges and roads, but also boost manufacturing, clean energy, and more. Living Beyond Borders, a special podcast series from GZERO brought to you by Citi Private Bank, explores those themes with experts in finance...
Published 09/09/21
Two decades of war in Afghanistan came to a tragic close on August 31 as President Joe Biden announced from the White House that the last US troops had left the country. “I was not going to extend this forever war,” Biden said, “and I was not extending a forever exit.” On GZERO World, we hear from three people whose lives have been forever changed by the conflict: a woman's education activist, former Afghan Central Bank governor, and a former US Army Captain and CIA intelligence officer.
Published 09/04/21
In a wide-ranging interview with Ian Bremmer, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Jennifer Doudna discusses her groundbreaking work on the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR. In their conversation she explains what CRISPR is and why it has the potential to cure diseases and fend off viruses. She also talks about the limits of this technology and advocates for a global policy consensus on what limitations there should be around gene editing.
Published 08/21/21
A look at the history of protest at the Games with Dick Pound, the longest serving member of the International Olympic Committee and a former Olympic athlete himself. With COVID rates rising globally, this year’s Olympics faced some major hurdles. But the pandemic was only part of the picture. The Tokyo Games played out against a backdrop of mounting global tension surrounding gender equality, racism and human rights, leaving many people to examine the place of politics on the playing field...
Published 08/07/21
A deep dive down the bottle to examine the role alcohol has played in society, politics, and global summitry—from the earliest hunter-gatherer days to that memorable Obama Beer Summit in 2009. Joining Ian Bremmer on the GZERO World podcast is philosopher Edward Slingerland, whose new book Drunk: HOW WE SIPPED, DANCED, AND STUMBLED OUR WAY INTO CIVILIZATION makes a compelling, if nuanced, case for alcohol’s place in the world.  
Published 07/31/21
Stanford historian Niall Ferguson joins Ian Bremmer on the GZERO World podcast to talk about the geopolitics of disaster. Throughout human history we seem to be unable to adequately prepare for catastrophes (natural or human-caused) before they strike. Why is that? And as we emerge from the greatest calamity of our lifetimes in the COVID-19 pandemic and look to the plethora of crises that climate change has and will cause, what can we do to lessen the blow?  
Published 07/24/21
Ben Rhodes, a former Deputy National Security Adviser to President Barack Obama, joins Ian Bremmer to talk about the state of American democracy in the 21st century. Trump, he says, cannot take all the blame for the US’s fall from grace on the global stage. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the 2008 financial crisis and disinformation on social media have all played a big role too. What will it take to get America back on track and restore the country’s place in the world as a beacon of democracy?  
Published 07/17/21
Renowned organizational psychologist Adam Grant joins Ian Bremmer to talk about how the pandemic has upended what we think of as “work” and how we should reimagine the office culture in a post-pandemic world. CEOs, Grant says, seem all too eager to get employees back in their cubicles, but not all of those workers seem willing to come back full time. And what of those in the “essential workers” category who never got to work from home?
Published 07/10/21
Jane Harman, author of "Insanity Defense: Why Our Failure to Confront Hard National Security Problems Make Us Less Safe," and a nine-term member of Congress (D-CA), discusses the shortcomings of the US national security strategy for the last few decades, and assesses the Biden administration's plans to strengthen it. In an interview with Ian Bremmer, she discusses the priorities for addressing critical issues at home and abroad, from the COVID pandemic to the climate crisis and terrorism.
Published 06/27/21
Former US Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder weighs in on US President Joe Biden’s first trip abroad, which included a very important first stop at the G7 summit in the United Kingdom,  and the way forward for the US and its closest friends. Did he convince allies that “America is back” and ready to resume its leadership role in global affairs? And if so, does it even matter if Americans still need to be convinced that US engagement in the world is vital? Daalder speaks with Ian Bremmer on the ...
Published 06/19/21
Is there a path to democracy for Europe’s last dictatorship, Belarus? Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya discusses her hopes and fears for the country with Ian Bremmer on the GZERO World Podcast. President Alexander Lukashenko has maintained a tight grip on power in Belarus for the last 26 years and rigged the results of his last election which led to widespread protest and unrest in his country, though few consequences globally. Will Lukashenko be held accountable?
Published 06/12/21
It was an ongoing question before the pandemic, but coronavirus has made it all the more urgent. With global inequality and extreme poverty on the rise, how do we patch up the many holes in the world's social safety nets? The idea of governments providing all adults with a set amount of cash on a regular basis, no strings attached, is gaining attention worldwide. But London School of Economics Director Minouche Shafik tells Ian Bremmer, for her, universal basic income "is like giving up on...
Published 05/29/21
Latin America’s largest economy has endured years of economic hardship, a barrage of political scandals, and one of the worst pandemic death tolls in the world. So where does Brazil go from here and how much longer can its president hold onto power? Former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who remains one of the most influential political figures in the country, joins Ian Bremmer to discuss Brazil’s increasingly divided society, its current far-right leader and his likely challenger, &...
Published 05/22/21
With bold commitments coming from both political and business leaders around the globe, 2021 could be a critical year in the fight against climate change. As sustainable investing becomes a necessary move, what does it mean for your bottom line? Caitlin Dean discusses sustainability and its impact on investors and markets with Harlin Singh, Global Head of Sustainable Investing, Citi Private Bank; Davida Heller, SVP of Sustainability & ESG, Citi; & Gerald Butts, Eurasia Group Vice...
Published 05/20/21
How close is the world to all-out-war breaking out between United States and China? According to US Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.), who served as Supreme Allied Commander to NATO, those odds are higher than many would like to admit. In fact, Stavridis says, the US risks losing its military dominance in the coming years to China. Stavridis discusses his bestselling thriller 2034 and makes the case for why his fictional depiction of a US-China war could easily become reality.  
Published 05/15/21
India’s latest COVID explosion hits home as one Delhi-based journalist speaks with Ian Bremmer about her own father’s death from the virus. Barkha Dutt has been reporting on the pandemic in India since it began, but nothing could prepare her for the catastrophic second wave that has hit her country in the last few weeks—and that has now shattered her own family. Why was the Indian government caught so unprepared by this second wave, well over a year into the pandemic?
Published 05/08/21
After four years of President Trump lobbing red meat to his base nearly every day, President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office have been refreshingly “boring.” That’s not to say, however, that he hasn’t been busy. International relations expert and Atlantic contributor Tom Nichols tells Ian Bremmer that’s exactly the kind of “boring” America needs right now, especially at a time when the nation is going through what he calls a “narcissism pandemic.”
Published 05/01/21