The World: How Bad Is It? How Did This Happen? What Can We Do?

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Dr. Ian Bremmer and Dr. Richard Haass in conversation with Ayman Mohyeldin
April 4th, 2018 at 1pm at the New York City Bar Association (42 West 44th Street in between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)

Ian Bremmer

President, Eurasia Group

Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He is a prolific and thoughtful commentator and author, regularly expressing his views on political issues in public speeches, television appearances, and respected publications, including Time magazine, where he is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. Once dubbed the “rising guru” in the field of political risk by The Economist, he teaches classes on the discipline as global research professor at New York University. His recent book (published in September 2016) was a national bestseller entitled Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World. His latest book is US vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism, to be released next month.
In 1998, Mr. Bremmer established Eurasia Group with only a meager investment. Today, the company has offices in New York, Washington, San Francisco, London, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Tokyo, as well as a network of experts and resources in 90 countries. As the firm's president and most active public voice, he advises leading executives, money managers, diplomats, and heads of state.
Mr. Bremmer is credited with bringing the craft of political risk to financial markets—for creating 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 matters 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.
In 2007, Mr. Bremmer was named a Young Global Leader by 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, the Leadership Council for Concordia, and the Board of Trustees of Intelligence Squared.

Mr. Bremmer earned a master's degree and a doctorate in political science from Stanford University, where he went on to become the youngest-ever national fellow at the Hoover Institution. He received his bachelor's degree in international relations from Tulane University and has authored nine books including the national bestsellers Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World and The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?     

Richard Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Richard Haass is a frequent speaker at Off the Record.  He in his fifteenth year as president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In 2013, Dr. Haas served as the chair of the multiparty negotiations in Northern Ireland that provided the foundation for the 2014 Stormont House Agreement, a political accommodation between the British and Irish governments. He received the 2013 Tipperary International Peace Award for these efforts to promote peace and conflict resolution.

From January 2001 to June 2003, Dr. Haass was director of policy planning for the Department of State, where he was a principal advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold the rank of ambassador, he also served as U.S. coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan and U.S. envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process. In recognition of his service, he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award.

Dr. Haass has extensive additional government experience. From 1989 to 1993, he was special assistant to President George H.W. Bush and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. In 1991, He was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal for his contributions to the development and articulation of U.S. policy during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Previously, he served in the Departments of State (1981–1985) and Defense (1979–1980), and was a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate.

Dr. Haass also was vice president and director of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, the Sol M. Linowitz visiting professor of international studies at Hamilton College, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. A Rhodes scholar, Dr. Haass holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and master’s and doctorate degrees from Oxford University. He has also received numerous honorary degrees.

He is the author or editor of thirteen books on American foreign policy and one book on management. His latest book is A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, published in 2017 by Penguin Press.  In it, he remarked that the global trend is “one of declining order.”  And that was a year ago. Today we will hear more about his views of the world.


Ayman Mohyeldin

Anchor, MSNBC

Ayman Mohyeldin is an award-winning MSNBC anchor. He is the co-host of ‘Morning Joe’s First Look’ and host of The Breakdown. Since joining NBC News, Ayman has anchored some of the network’s coverage of major international and domestic events. In recent years, Ayman’s coverage has focused on the rise of extremism and terrorism globally. He reported on ISIS’ take over of northern Iraq and eastern Syria and subsequent terror attacks in Paris, Brussels, Turkey and the U.S. In addition, amongst many other notable global events, Ayman covered the failed coup attempt in Turkey and interviewed Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Prior to becoming an anchor, Ayman was an international correspondent with various news outlets including Al Jazeera English where he covered the Arab uprisings, including the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. His coverage of the Egyptian revolution and the fall of the Mubarak regime was recognized and praised for its distinction around the world. In September 2012, Ayman was among the first journalists to report from Benghazi, Libya following the attacks on the US Consulate.

In 2011, Time Magazine named Ayman as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. For his reporting, he has won numerous awards including a Peabody Award, the UK’s Cutting Edge Media Award, and the Sigma Chi Delta Award (Society of Professional Journalists Award). He has received multiple Emmy nominations and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.