Episodes
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
In a special GZERO conversation, Ian Bremmer examines the impact of President Biden's recent statement recognizing Armenian genocide at the hands of Ottoman Empire, an atrocity that began 106 years ago during World War I. What are the ramifications for US/Turkey relations going forward and how will Biden's recognition affect Armenia? Ian Bremmer discusses with Varuzhan Nersesyan, Armenia's US ambassador and Nina Hachigian, Deputy Mayor for International Affairs in LA, the US city with the...
Published 04/29/21
Earlier this month President Biden did what three of his predecessors could not: he announced an unconditional end to the war in Afghanistan. On this edition of the GZERO World Podcast, Mike Waltz, a decorated combat veteran and Republican Congressman, tells Ian Bremmer why he thinks that decision spells disaster. "The next 9/11, the next Pulse Night Club...the next San Bernardino, that's now on Biden's watch," says Waltz. "He owns it with this decision." 
Published 04/24/21
In a wide-ranging interview with Ian Bremmer, Pulitzer Prize-winning climate journalist Elizabeth Kolbert assesses the current state of the climate crisis and answers a simple question: how screwed are we? She unpacks some of the more extreme climate solutions that some increasingly desperate nations are starting to consider. Such measures may sound like stuff of science fiction as times become more desperate, their appeal is growing. Can we fix the planet the same way we broke it?
Published 04/17/21
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan calls for a massive increase in the global vaccine supply in order to prevent the rise of more dangerous and vaccine-evading super-variants, in a wide-ranging interview with Ian Bremmer. Dr. Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at the World Health Organization, argues that vaccine nationalism will only prolong the pandemic because a virus does not stop at any national border. She also weighs in on a controversial new WHO report investigating the origins of COVID-19 and new...
Published 04/10/21
Whoever said, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” clearly could not envision what would become of Italian politics. Since 1989 the country has had 18 prime ministers, six in the last decade alone. But Italy’s new leader, Mario Draghi (nicknamed “Super Mario”) looks like he just might deliver positive change—and political stability—to Italy, according to Enrico Letta, one of those six prime ministers to have resigned in the last ten years. Letta joins Ian Bremmer on this episode of the GZERO
Published 03/27/21
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director for UN Women, joins Ian Bremmer on the GZERO World podcast to discuss the toll COVID-19 has taken on the global fight for gender equality and the toll that it has taken on girls, in particular. In fact, the UN estimates that as many as 11 million girls who left school because of the pandemic will never return. At the same time, it is women who occupy the majority of frontline and healthcare jobs.
Published 03/20/21
“Pivot to Asia” was the catchphrase floating around Washington DC’s foreign policy circles in 2009, yet the Middle East continues to consume US military and diplomatic efforts. Now President Biden is determined to change that as he moves to confront China. But according to Johns Hopkins scholar Vali Nasr, Biden’s approach to the Middle East will have to adapt to the once-in-a-generation power grab occurring between Iran, Israel, and Turkey while Arab nations in the region increasingly lose...
Published 03/13/21
From the Philippines to Hungary to Venezuela, countries across the world have embraced authoritarian rule, in many cases with significant popular support. What is the enduring appeal of authoritarianism, how susceptible is the United States to its sway, and what has the pandemic done to accelerate its growth? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum joins Ian Bremmer to discuss.
Published 03/06/21
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.” Now he talks about how closely that nightmare scenario foreshadowed the COVID-19 pandemic. He also offers guidance on measures for vaccinated...
Published 02/27/21
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. Ian Bremmer speaks with acclaimed journalist and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos.
Published 02/13/21
Can the US vaccinate enough of its population to prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths before new and more contagious COVID-19 variants take hold? 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...
Published 02/06/21
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...
Published 02/01/21
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).
Published 01/31/21