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UNHCR chief: How the pandemic has upended the lives of refugees

When the pandemic first took hold earlier this year, refugees around the world braced for the worst. But these nightmare scenarios largely did not come to pass, or at least hasn't yet. Even still, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi (who recently contracted the virus himself) tells Ian Bremmer in this week's episode of GZERO World that the coronavirus has upended the lives of millions of refugees in countless ways.

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Greece’s unlikely COVID success story: Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis

On GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, Greece's Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, talks about his country's pandemic response, its "improved brand" on the European stage, and recent tensions with neighboring Turkey.


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Christine Lagarde, leading Europe’s united economic pandemic response

The coronavirus pandemic threatened to bring Europe's economy to its knees. Then something remarkable happened: 27 member states came together. On GZERO World: the woman at the heart of that response, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde.

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres: Why we still need the United Nations

On the eve of the first virtual UN General Assembly, GZERO World host Ian Bremmer spoke to UN Secretary-General António Guterres about pandemic response, climate action, the US/China schism, and more.

Stanford's president: College in the COVID age

Stanford University president Marc Tessier-Lavigne joins Ian Bremmer to talk about how higher education is trying (and in many cases failing) to adjust to the pandemic this fall.

Jared Kushner on Middle East peace & pandemic in the US

Jared Kushner joins GZERO World with Ian Bremmer to discuss the latest development in a key mission of his tenure in the White House—moving closer to an elusive Middle East peace deal.

Lebanon Post-Blast: Rage in the Streets of Beirut

On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer examines the aftermath and fallout of the catastrophe in Lebanon, a nation that was already aflame in political turmoil. Ian talks to acclaimed journalist Kim Ghattas about the road ahead for Lebanon and how this moment could impact the region.

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Flying Blind: The US Government’s Pandemic Response with Dr. Tom Frieden

Former CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to talk about how to get the Covid-19 pandemic under control in the United States (hint: we need more data).

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From Bad to Worse: US/China Relations with Zanny Minton Beddoes

Ian Bremmer explores the escalating tension between the world's two biggest geopolitical and economic players—the US and China. With guest Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, Bremmer discusses the modern history of China after the fall of the Soviet Union and why another Cold War might be inevitable.

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Lessons Not Learned: America’s Pandemic Response with Vivek Murthy

On the latest episode of GZERO World, former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy joins Ian Bremmer to discuss how the Sun Belt states became America's epicenter in the COVID-19 outbreak, the latest treatments and therapies for the most severely ill, and another pandemic plaguing America in this time of social distancing and isolation—loneliness.

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Journalism on Trial in the Philippines: Interview with Maria Ressa

On the latest episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer talks to embattled Filipina journalist Maria Ressa, CEO of the online news agency Rappler. Ressa and her team have been involved in a years-long legal battle that challenges press freedoms and free speech in the Philippines, as President Rodrigo Duterte continues to assert authoritarian control in his nation. In the conversation Ressa details the ongoing court battles that have her facing up to 100 years in prison if convicted. She also discusses Duterte's militaristic approach to COVID-19 response, and then issues strong warnings about social media's role in promulgating hate speech globally.

The Politics of a Pandemic: Interview with Sen. Chris Coons

As GZERO World kicks off its third season, Ian Bremmer is examining the state of U.S. response and recovery six months into the pandemic. Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) joins to discuss what Congress has done to provide economic relief to businesses and people impacted by the unexpected and unprecedented downturn, and next steps still to come. He also takes jabs at GOP Congressional colleagues who he says have "followed (Trump's) lead rather than science."

Breathing While Black: WaPo's Karen Attiah on Racial Injustice

In the latest episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer explores international reaction to the murder of George Floyd and global protests against police brutality and racism. Karen Attiah, Global Opinions Editor of The Washington Post, explains her view that, on issues of race and inequality, the U.S. is a "developing country," and while this moment of uprising offers hope for real change there is still much work to be done.

America After George Floyd: Deval Patrick on Ending Systemic Racism

The images of George Floyd's death, captured on video and seen around the world, ignited global rage and calls for an end to the systemic racism that has plagued policing in the U.S. since its founding. On the latest episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer talks about possible solutions and paths to real change with Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts.

Dennis Kwok: China is Obliterating Hong Kong Freedom

As Beijing asserts further control of Hong Kong, threatening the "one country, two systems" policy the city has known since 1997, pro-democracy protesters and lawmakers alike are fighting to preserve the freedoms they have known. In an in-depth conversation with Ian Bremmer, legislator Dennis Kwok explains Hong Kong's precarious situation and uncertain future.

Richard Haass on US global leadership post-pandemic

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, and author of "The World: A Brief Introduction," joins Ian Bremmer for a discussion on US foreign policy and globalization on GZERO World.

America’s Meat Supply Crisis

Former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the shortcomings of the U.S. meat supply chain and threatens to disrupt the entire industry, from farmers to processing plants to grocery store shelves.

Data Privacy Before and After a Pandemic

Marietje Schaake, former EU Parliament Member and international policy director of Stanford's Cyber Policy Center, explains how Singapore and China used surveillance to track COVID-19 and what it could mean for the US.

Is a Second Great Depression Coming? Adam Tooze on International Economic Crisis

On this episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer poses the question of a second Great Depression to Columbia professor, economic historian, and author Adam Tooze.

Larry Brilliant: How to end the COVID-19 pandemic

Epidemiologist Dr. Larry Brilliant, whose work helped eliminate Smallpox forever, explains the steps necessary to eradicate the COVID-19 virus from the world.

Andrew Yang: “We’re experiencing 10 years of change in 10 weeks”

Former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang discusses universal basic income and why the COVID-19 pandemic makes his proposal more urgent.

An Interview with China’s Ambassador to the US

China's top diplomat in the US Cui Tiankai responds to accusations that China has underreported COVID-19 fatalities, his nation's decision to expel journalists from major US publications and China's emerging role in global aid and relief efforts.

Covering a Pandemic: COVID-19 and the Media

New York Times media columnist Ben Smith explores the media's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation campaigns on social media and President Trump's treatment of journalists.

COVID-19 Cripples the Restaurant Industry

Restaurateur Danny Meyer assesses the damage coronavirus is doing to businesses and employees — and the dimming prospects of survival for many restaurants in America.

Preparing for Pandemic: 'The Window Is Closing'

Acclaimed health expert Laurie Garrett warns that the window to mitigate the pandemic is closing, but governments and individuals can still limit its impact.

The Global Impact of Coronavirus

Kevin Rudd shares lessons learned from the 2008 global financial crisis that could help mitigate the coronavirus pandemic's impact.

The Horror Unfolding in Idlib, Syria

Idlib, Syria is the last rebel holdout of the Syrian civil war, a bloody battle that is now in its ninth year. International Rescue Committee's David Miliband explains the unfolding humanitarian crisis.

The Biggest Global Security Threats

A dispatch from the Munich Security Conference, where world leaders gathered to discuss the most pressing global security concerns, including the coronavirus outbreak.

Putin's Russia

Former Ambassador to Russia Bill Burns explains how Vladimir Putin's worldview was formed — and what his goals are for Russia.

Seeing the World Through Steve Bannon's Eyes

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon talks impeachment acquittal, the 2020 election and why the US should be more worried about China.

Jared Kushner's 'Put Up or Shut Up' Peace Plan

Ian Bremmer sits down with Jared Kushner, author of the White House's newly-unveiled Middle East peace plan. He has tough words for Palestinian leaders after they summarily rejected his proposal.

Is the US at War with Iran?

Former Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend breaks down the complicated history of Iran and its neighbor Iraq — and the US foreign policy mistakes that contribute to today's tensions with Iran.

The Great Decoupling

The US and China are going their separate ways in technology. Cybersecurity policy and China digital economy expert Samm Sacks explains what it will mean for consumers and for countries forced to pick sides in the cyber battle.

The Top Global Stories of 2019

New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser speaks with Ian Bremmer about impeachment, the presidential election and other major stories coming in 2020.

The Republican Taking on Trump in 2020

Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld is attempting the unthinkable for a Republican not named Trump: He's running for President.

Inequality in American Cities

Urbanist and author Richard Florida explains why large urban areas contain such extremes—the richest and poorest people often dwelling within blocks of one another.

Worried Sick

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.

Andrew Yang Shows His Work

When it comes to his flagship policy proposal, do the numbers add up? Ian Bremmer interviews Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and the two talk about universal basic income, technology, foreign policy, and why Yang isn't thrilled about Mike Bloomberg's decision.

Clerical Errors

The Catholic Church is facing tremendous internal upheaval and Pope Francis is at the center of it. In a candid conversation with Ian Bremmer, bestselling author Fr. James Martin discusses the moment of potential schism the Church is facing.

This Long Bloodstained Sand

When President Trump decided to withdraw American Troops from Kurdish-controlled Syria, many people were shocked. But the Kurds, themselves? Today's guest, Faysal Itani, says: not so much.

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.

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.

Showdown in South America

Colombian President Iván Duque will not be intimidated. Not by armed rebels within his own country or an antagonistic Venezuelan regime. In this week's interview Ian Bremmer asks: At what point does military action become the only option?

Trudeau Up Against the Ropes

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in the fight of his political life and things just got even messier. In an interview with Ian Bremmer he makes his case for why Canadians should look past recent scandals and vote him in for another term.

The Problem with Pragmatism

Montana Governor Steve Bullock is running for president, but most people don't know that. Despite being popular in his home state, which Trump won handily in 2016, Bullock is struggling to gain ground in a polarized Democratic Party.

NATO on the Brink

Turkey's relationship with Russia is causing grave concern for other NATO members. We look at the future of the alliance and talk to its former Supreme Allied Commander, Admiral James Stavridis.

More Harm than Good

Society's rich and powerful want to make the world a better place. And that, journalist Anand Giridharadas says, could be a real problem.

Back to Bi-Polar

Historian Niall Ferguson explains why a new Cold War is heating up between the US and China, and why — unlike the old brouhaha with the Soviets — this one is different.

Pulling Back the Curtain on Kim Jong-un

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is shrouded in mystery. Our guest sheds some new light.

The Spy Who Fooled Me

In an age of AI-powered surveillance and advanced facial recognition technology, what does it mean to be hidden?

China, China, China

As US-China trade tensions spiral from bad to worse, what is really at stake for both countries?

Border Politics and Latin America

Political instability is rattling countries across Latin America, pushing millions of migrants to head north in search of a better future.

Syria: The Rise and Fallout of the House of Assad

After eight years of civil war in Syria, with hundreds of thousands of its citizens dead and millions more fleeing the country, one question looms large: how did things get so bad?

When Cities Go Global

Cities are stepping up to address the world's thorniest challenges, from climate change to migration. Ian Bremmer sits down with three mayors from across the globe to talk about how their cities are taking on the world's most pressing problems.

Space Goals and Black Holes

Ian Bremmer delves into the geopolitics of space before sitting down with Harvard Astrophysicist Avi Loeb to examine cutting-edge research on the galaxies -- everything from interstellar travel to black holes. And on Puppet Regime, Donald Trump's Space Force makes an unexpected landing.

Tensions with Tehran

America nearly launched into a major military confrontation with Iran. Then Trump backed off. So what happened?

You Can't Manage What You Can't Measure

How do you measure success? Maybe it's by money, job, or family. Whatever it is, there's usually something tangible to gauge. But what happens when the old metrics stop working?

Surviving on Dragonflies: A North Korean Defector's Story

Growing up in North Korea, Yeonmi Park says she survived the great famine of the 1990s by foraging for grasshoppers and dragonflies. Today, she is a human rights activist living in Chicago. How she got from there to here is the story of a lifetime.

What Makes a Superpower?

It's nice to be on top of the heap. But how much longer can the United States stay there? Ian Bremmer talks to the man who once commanded the world's most powerful military, former Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

An Alien Probe? No, Serious Question

Avi Loeb, the head of astronomy at Harvard and he's made a compelling case about an "alien probe."

The Politics of Trust

Ian Bremmer talks to journalist and cofounder of The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald.

Climate Change: A Growth Industry?

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.

The World's Largest Democracy Scans Voters' Eyes

Indians are about to pick their next leader. But how they do it may be more interesting than whom they choose. Spoiler Alert : Privacy is a big concern.

Preet Bharara: Life After the Mueller Report

President Trump fired him after just 3 months. Now, former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara -- a man who oversaw investigations into suspected Russian organized crime -- offers his take on the Mueller investigation.

Iraq After ISIS

After the ISIS caliphate fell in Iraq, a question hung over much of the country. What comes next?

Greece's Dark Decade

On GZERO World, in bailing out Greece did the European Union destroy the village in order to save it?

10% Less Crazy

By the end of this episode, you're going to feel 10% less crazy about the world.

Mexico Rising (For Now)

On GZERO World, Ian looks at the border crisis with Mexico's former Foreign Minister, Jorge Castañeda.

Leaving Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan has gone on so long that people born after 9/11 can now enlist. So how do we get out? Ian digs into it and then talks to someone who knows the country better than most: Retired General Stanley McChrystal, who once commanded all NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Ain't Nuthin but a 5G Thang

The development of 5G, or 5th generation mobile networks, is such a big deal that it's been compared to the invention of electricity. There's only one problem: China's cornering the market. Ian explains and then digs in deeper with Keyu Jin, China expert at the London School of Economics.

It's the End of the World as We Know it

The global order is fraying...and it's not entirely Trump's doing.

Special Report: Venezuela Up Close

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. And of course, we've got your Puppet Regime.

All the President's Generals

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.

Ukraine Always Get What You Want

Soon Ukrainians will head to the polls to a pick a president. And Putin is paying attention. Ian will dig into it and then dig a whole lot deeper with former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul. And of course, we've got your Puppet Regime.

Meet The World's Youngest Government Minister

Across the world, but especially in the Middle East, young people are using technology to connect like never before.

You Brexit, You Buy It

How will the UK (and Europe) get out of the Brexit mess that they're in? Ian breaks it down and then talks with the International Rescue Committee's CEO David Miliband, who also happened to be UK Foreign Secretary for a time.

What to Worry About in 2019

What's the biggest geopolitical risk in 2019? Ian breaks it down and then talks with Woodrow Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman about national security, women in congress, and that old dream of bipartisanship.

America, Divided

Polarizing politics, the responsibility of the media, and the rise of fake news.

An Unstable World with Senator Chris Coons

This week Ian talks trade wars and TPP. Then he sits down with U.S. Senator Chris Coons to discuss the politics of instability around the world and in Washington, DC. And of course, we've got your Puppet Regime.

Europe's Tech Battle

EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager – technology & protecting privacy.

A Tale of Two Civil Wars

Jane Ferguson & the conflict in Yemen.

The North Korea Conundrum

Victor Cha & What to do about Kim.

Satire in a World on Edge

New Yorker satirist, Andy Borowitz.

The Future (of Global Leadership) is Female

Georgetown's Melanne Verveer discusses how global leadership for women is changing in the #MeToo era.

Adam Davidson on Trump Fact and Fiction

The New Yorker's Adam Davidson follows the money around President Trump and tries to separate fact from fiction.

Kevin Rudd and China's Future

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd discusses Xi Jinping's China.

A Brave New (Virtual) World with Jared Cohen

A discussion with veteran U.S. foreign policy aide and head of Google's Jigsaw innovation lab, Jared Cohen.