Every Nation for Itself by Ian Bremmer


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Mr Bremmer is certainly right that a world without America's global leadership is a more dangerous place, but he overstates his case
-The Economist


G-Zero — \JEE-ZEER-oh\ —n

A world order in which no single country or durable alliance of countries can meet the challenges of global leadership. What happens when the G20 doesn’t work and the G7 is history.

If the worst threatened—a rogue nuclear state with a horrible surprise, a global health crisis, the collapse of financial institutions from New York to Shang­hai and Mumbai—where would the world look for leadership? The United States, with its paralyzed politics and battered balance sheet? A European Union reeling from self-inflicted wounds? China’s “people’s democracy”? Perhaps Brazil, Turkey, or India, the geopolitical Rookies of the Year? Or some grand coalition of survivors, the last nations stand­ing after half a decade of recession-induced turmoil?

How about none of the above?

For the first time in seven decades, there is no single power or alliance of powers ready to take on the challenges of global leadership. A generation ago, the United States, Europe, and Japan were the world’s powerhouses, the free-market democracies that propelled the global economy forward. Today, they struggle just to find their footing.

Acclaimed geopolitical analyst Ian Bremmer argues that the world is facing a leadership vacuum. The diverse political and economic values of the G20 have produced global gridlock. Now that so many challenges transcend borders—from the stability of the global economy and climate change to cyber-attacks, terrorism, and the security of food and water—the need for international cooperation has never been greater. A lack of global leadership will provoke uncertainty, volatility, competition, and, in some cases, open conflict. Bremmer explains the risk that the world will become a series of gated commu­nities as power is regionalized instead of globalized. In the generation to come, negotiations on economic and trade issues are likely to be just as fraught as recent debates over nuclear nonproliferation and climate change.

Disaster, thankfully, is never assured, and Brem­mer details where the levers of power can still be found and how to exercise them for the common good. That’s important, because the one certainty of weakened nations and enfeebled institutions is that someone will try to take advantage of them.


Every Nation for Itself offers essential insights for anyone attempting to navigate the new global play­ing field.


About Ian Bremmer

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IAN BREMMER is the president of Eurasia Group, the world's leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and Foreign Affairs. His six books include the international bestseller The End of the Free Market and The J Curve. He lives in New York City and Washington, D.C. Visit. eurasiagroup.net.
Published May 1, 2012 by Portfolio. 237 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Below average
Apr 01 2012

His argument is weakened when he drifts into areas in which there have never been genuinely effective efforts at international cooperation (e.g., climate change, distribution of food and water), but even these topics demonstrate the extent of the developing international anarchy.

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The Economist

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May 26 2012

Mr Bremmer is certainly right that a world without America's global leadership is a more dangerous place, but he overstates his case

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Huffington Post

Reviewed by Devin Stewart on Mar 09 2012

He presents his view in a clear, logical way and with an urgent tempo that gives the reader the feeling of being in a cinematic briefing in the White House

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USA Today

Reviewed by Alexander Heffner on May 15 2012

America can't build international consensus by itself. Bremmer's account of global paralysis makes that abundantly clear.

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The New Yorker

Reviewed by Evan Osnos on May 17 2012

it reads like the geopolitical equivalent of a virus movie, which means it’s unsettling precisely because it’s plausible

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The Finance Professional's Post

Reviewed by Bill Hayes on Jul 12 2012

Bremmer presents a series of scenarios which shows the uncertainties for investors. However, this has always been the case in the financial business—only some will come out big winners. Ian Bremmer's Every Nation For Itself is a way to start to prepare to be one yourself.

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Reviewed by Shlok Vaidya on Apr 30 2012

So it’s not for anyone concerned with unpredictable events or disruptive innovation. But it is a good way to stay on top of white-collar mainstream thinking – which, appropriately, is all it claims to be.

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