GZERO Media logo

Hard Numbers

837: Chinese direct investment in Pakistan totaled $837 million in 2017, compared to $42 million for the US. China loves a vacuum.

15: Iranians have become 15 percent poorer in real terms over the past decade, according to the BBC. Now some of them are calling for change.

7: China’s One Belt One Road initiative is expected to cost more than seven times what the US spent on the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II. This is the most important geopolitical story you’ve never heard of.

150: The Chinese government has committed $150 billion dollars to AI in its current five-year plan. The US spent $1.2 billion on unclassified programs in 2016.

22: The popularity of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Tory Party dropped 22 percentage points this summer, the largest such drop for any UK prime minister in the past half century. #StrongAndSteady

Empathy and listening are key to establishing harmonious relationships, as demonstrated by Callista Azogu, GM of Human Resources & Organization for Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), an Eni subsidiary in Abuja. "To build trust is very difficult. To destroy it is very easy," says Callista, whose busy days involve everything from personnel issues to union relationships. She sees great potential for her native Nigeria not only because of the country's natural resources, but because of its vibrant and creative people.

Learn more about Callista in this episode of Faces of Eni.

For the world's wealthiest nations, including the United States, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine has been rocky, to say the least. And as a result, much of the developing world will have to wait even longer for their turn. Part of the challenge, World Bank President David Malpass says, is that "advanced economies have reserved a lot of the vaccine doses." Malpass sat down with Ian Bremmer recently to talk about what his organization is doing to try to keep millions around the world from slipping deeper into poverty during the pandemic. Their conversation was part of the latest episode of GZERO World.

Saturday will mark the beginning of an historic turning point for European politics as 1,001 voting members of Germany's Christian Democratic Union, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold an online conference to elect a new leader.

Here are the basic facts:

More Show less

For the first time in twenty years, extreme poverty around the world is growing. How does the developing world recover from a pandemic that has brought even the richest nations to their knees? David Malpass, the President of the World Bank, is tasked with answering that question. He joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to talk about how his organization is trying to keep the developing world from slipping further into poverty in the wake of a once-in-a-century pandemic.

Joe Biden wants to move into the White House, but the coast isn't clear. He may need some bleach.

Watch more PUPPET REGIME here.

The GZERO World Podcast with Ian Bremmer. Listen now.


Subscribe to GZERO Media's Newsletter: Signal