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GZERO World with Ian Bremmer

The United States will no longer play global policeman, and no one else wants the job. This is not a G-7 or a G-20 world. Welcome to the GZERO, a world made volatile by an intensifying international battle for power and influence. Every week on this podcast, Ian Bremmer will interview the world leaders and the thought leaders shaping our GZERO World.

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The Rise of Germany’s Far Right

Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, right-wing extremism is again on the rise in Germany. Ian Bremmer sits down with the country's former Defense Minister, Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg, to understand the reasons why and road ahead for Germany and Europe. The two discuss the increasing popularity of the far-right political party AfD, the nation’s place in Europe and the world, mounting disapproval of the German governments refugee policies and Angela Merkel’s legacy.

20mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Stuck in the Middle with Ukraine

As the U.S. media focuses on details of President Trump’s dealings with the newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, GZERO World with Ian Bremmer is taking a deep dive into the former Soviet republic itself. Why is corruption so rampant in Ukraine, and why have so many American business and political leaders been drawn to it? In this episode, we break down the anatomy of the infamous phone call between Trump and Zelensky, explain to viewers who the Ukrainian president is and how he became a central focus of the impeachment inquiry, and discuss the unprecedented political environment for career diplomats in Washington, people who Polyakova says have been “thrown under the bus” by the Trump administration. All this, plus a close examination of Hunter Biden’s questionable board position at Burisma, and how it differs from Paul Manafort’s criminal actions in Ukraine.

30mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Venezuela Up Close -Special Report with Luis Moreno

In a special edition of GZERO World, we offer a ground view of Caracas to explain the crisis engulfing Venezuela. Then Ian speaks to a man born just over the border in Colombia, Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Moreno.

14mins

25 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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Life After the Mueller Report with Preet Bharara

By now you know what's in the Mueller report and the spin-masters have told you what to think. But the most important takeaway isn't only about Trump. It's also about Putin. Ian discusses the Mueller Report with the man who oversaw investigations into suspected Russian organized crime, former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara. 

18mins

1 May 2019

Rank #4

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What Makes a Superpower? with Ash Carter

The United States is the world's undisputed superpower. But how much longer can that last? Enter: China. Ian Bremmer talks to the man who once commanded the world's most powerful military, former Defense Secretary Ash Carter. 

20mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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All The President's Generals with Michèle Flournoy

President Trump used to love a man in uniform but these days he's soured on his generals. This week, Ian looks at how the President's cooling relationship with his top brass has affected U.S. foreign policy and then he'll talk to Michèle Flournoy, who was the highest-ranking woman at the Pentagon. 

17mins

17 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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The Top Global Stories of 2019

The crisis in Venezuela couldn't get any worse, until it did. Brexit had to get done, until it didn't. The Mueller Report would be a bombshell, until it landed like a dud. And Pelosi would never bring forth impeachment, until she did. This was 2019. This week, New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser speaks with Ian Bremmer about what 2020 will bring.

19mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Big Brother is Watching You (And You. And You. And You, Too.) with Amy Webb

We're digging into the politics of data, artificial intelligence, automation, and how all three could make American tech companies look a lot like their Chinese counterparts. Ian sits down with Amy Webb, CEO of the Future Today Institute, talks about how tech titans and their machines could warp humanity. 

20mins

10 Jun 2019

Rank #8

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A Long Blood-Stained Land

When President Trump decided to officially withdraw American troops from Kurdish-controlled Syria, many people, including some in his own administration, were shocked. But the Kurds, themselves? Today’s guest says, “Not so much.”   In this episode, Ian Bremmer breaks down the long and tragic history of the Kurdish people, the group’s geopolitical significance in the region and beyond, and the many times the U.S. has left this ally stranded politically or militarily. This show also contains a field interview with NYC pizza magnate Hakki Akdeniz, a Kurdish immigrant who came to the U.S. broke and homeless. He now has a booming business, more than 3 million Instagram followers, and he’s giving back by feeding homeless people on the city streets.

28mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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China, China, China

"Trade wars are for losers." It's something we've heard from Republicans and Democrats, alike. But as US-China trade tensions spiral from bad to worse, what is really at stake for both countries? Ian Bremmer sits down with three China experts to find out. 

22mins

14 Aug 2019

Rank #10

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The Politics of Trust with Glenn Greenwald

This week we get into the politics of trust. Where it's been lost. Where it's been gained. And why the answers to those questions point to the reshaping of our world. Then Ian talks to journalist and cofounder of The Intercept,  Glenn Greenwald.

19mins

20 May 2019

Rank #11

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Tensions with Tehran with Karim Sadjadpour

America nearly launched into a major military confrontation with Iran. Then Trump backed off. So what happened? Ian Bremmer looks into it with one of the world's foremost Iran experts, Karim Sadjadpour.

19mins

4 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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Inequality in American Cities

In the latest episode of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, we’re examining enormous income and quality of life disparities in some of the most liberal, Democratic spots on the U.S. map—major cities. Urbanist and author Richard Florida explains the reasons why large urban areas contain such extremes—the richest and the poorest people often dwelling within blocks of one another. Ian breaks down the historic trends that at one point pushed the “haves” to the suburbs and the “have nots” into inner city neighborhoods, and how that has reversed over time.

16mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Worried Sick

The “Spanish flu” virus of 1918 killed an estimated 50 million people, more than all the deaths in World War I combined. While global public health efforts have greatly improved mortality rates in more modern outbreaks, experts say the next pandemic is a matter of “when,” not “if.” In this episode, Ian Bremmer takes a look how diseases spread and become global. His guest, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is a leading epidemiologist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH.

24mins

25 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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Climate Change: A Growth Industry? with David Wallace-Wells

Bike to work. Go vegan. Stop washing your hair. It’s not going to move the needle on climate change. There is, however, some reason for hope. Ian gets real about life after global warming and then sits down with David Wallace-Wells, a man who’s come up with a roadmap to deal with climate change. #DavidWallaceWells

18mins

13 May 2019

Rank #15

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The Republican Taking on Trump in 2020 (Yes, They Do Exist)

There's no shortage of Democratic presidential candidates in 2020, but when it comes to Republicans it’s a lonely road. Enter Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, who is attempting the unthinkable for a Republican not named Trump: He’s running for president.

20mins

16 Dec 2019

Rank #16

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Iraq After ISIS with Ben Taub

After the ISIS caliphate fell in Iraq, a question hung over much of the country. What comes next? On today's show Ian talks to Ben Taub, a New Yorker magazine reporter who was recently was on-the-ground in Mosul, Iraq. 

20mins

24 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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The US and China's Great Decoupling

“Decoupling.” It’s a word more closely associated with celebrities than global politics. But when it comes to the United States and China, it represents the biggest geopolitical shift to happen since the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the latest episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer examines the implications of the two giants going their separate ways in technology. What will it mean for consumers, and will other countries be forced to pick sides in the cyber battle?

22mins

13 Jan 2020

Rank #18

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Space Goals and Black Holes with Avi Loeb

Ian Bremmer sits down with Harvard Astrophysicist Avi Loeb to examine cutting-edge research on the galaxies -- everything from interstellar travel to black holes.

16mins

22 Jul 2019

Rank #19

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Pulling Back the Curtain on Kim Jong-un

While North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's grip on power seems to be ironclad, so much of his rule is shrouded in mystery. Anna Fifield, Beijing bureau chief for the Washington Post, has traveled to Pyongyang more than nearly any other foreign journalist and she paints a remarkably vivid portrait of the young ruler.

21mins

5 Sep 2019

Rank #20