All Episodes

How the Israel-Gaza war could end - if Netanyahu wants it to

In this edition of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer and Thomas L. Friedman unpack the intertwined dynamics of Hamas, Netanyahu, and regional powers in the Gaza war, underscoring the complexities and challenges that hinder a pathway to lasting peace.

How the US election will change the world

On GZERO World, political scientist Stephen Walt and host Ian Bremmer explore the significant role that foreign policy will play in the upcoming 2024 US presidential election, highlighting the nuanced differences and similarities between potential Trump and Biden second terms.

Is the global economy finally on the right track?

How’s the global economy doing… really? When it comes to the world’s post-Covid recovery, it’s a tale of two economies: the United States and everyone else. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer sits down with economist and author Dambisa Moyo for a hard look at the health of the world’s finances and the impact of geopolitical crises in Europe and the Middle East on trade flows and inflation.

Yuval Noah Harari explains why the world isn't fair (but could be)

Author and historian Yuval Noah Harari discusses the foundational importance of storytelling in human society, the dangers of AI in shaping narratives, why the Ukraine war is the most important geopolitical conflict today, and the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian situation, emphasizing the potential of stories to both divide and unite.

Solving Europe's energy crisis with Norway's power

Europe's energy security hinges on Norway and its transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources. That has big geopolitical implications for Ukraine and NATO. Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Støre joins Ian to discuss Norway's critical role in this transition, emphasizing the need for a swift move from oil and gas to renewables, a monumental task that Europe and Norway are determined to undertake in a remarkably short timeframe.

Greece's PM on NATO, Navalny, and the wake-up call to Europe

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis discusses NATO spending, the threat of AI, and Greece’s new gay marriage law with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

Can Ukraine win the war?

Ian Bremmer and Deputy Secretary General of NATO Mirceǎ Geoana discuss the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Alexei Navalny, and the future of the NATO alliance.

The US border crisis at a tipping point

How do you solve a problem like the US southern border? After a week of dysfunction on Capitol Hill, Congress failed to advance, or even entertain, a bipartisan US border deal, which also included much-needed funding to Ukraine. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks with lawmakers on opposing sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill: California Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and Republican Congresswoman and Ukrainian immigrant Victoria Spartz.

How AI is changing the world of work

Generative AI tools will transform our working lives, but will those changes be good or bad? On this episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer sat down with tech expert Azeem Azhar and organizational psychologist Adam Grant on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to answer these questions and more.

Al Gore on US elections & climate change

On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer sits down with former Vice President Al Gore—to get his take on the current state of American politics and the work he is now best known for—climate action.

The identity politics trap

Despite good intentions from the left, does focusing on identity politics hurt our society more than it helps? On GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, political scientist and author Yascha Mounk weighs in on identity, politics, and how those two combine to create the complicated, contentious idea of “identity politics.”

Divided we fall: Democracy at risk in the US

2024 is gearing up to be a pivotal year for global democracy, with elections testing authoritarian appeal, particularly in the United States. On this episode of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, renowned Stanford political scientist Francis Fukuyama discusses the global and domestic threats to democracy this year.

Overlooked stories in 2023

In 2023, a war in Ukraine got worse and new one erupted in Gaza, but there also were many other stories that didn't capture the world's attention. In this episode, Ian Bremmer takes stock of the state of the world in 2023. Then, a fascinating conversation with sociologist Zeynep Tufekci about the one thing everyone is overlooking in the AI conversation.

Israel, Hamas, and Hezbollah: Fears of escalation grow

Could clashes with Hezbollah on the Lebanon border lead to a wider war in the Middle East? On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer sits with Beirut-based journalist Kim Ghattas for the on-the-ground perspective from across Israel’s northern border with Lebanon.

The complicated US-Japan relationship

The US-Japan alliance is complex. But among other priorities, to rein in China, both countries need each other, as US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel discussed with Ian Bremmer in a GZERO World interview.

From CRISPR to cloning: The science of new humans

On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer sits down with physician and biologist Siddhartha Mukherjee to explore the recent advances, benefits, and risks of human enhancement with technology.

Is an Israel-Palestine two-state solution possible?

Is a two-state solution still possible for Israel and Palestine? Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak weighs in, with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

What’s Iran’s next move?

As Israel’s war with Hamas escalates, how close is Iran to waging war on Israel, and its Western allies? "Iran feels particularly emboldened at the moment," says Iran expert Karim Sadjadpour.

Can the India-Canada relationship be fixed after a suspicious murder?

In September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leveled a bombshell accusation in Canada’s House of Commons: He announced there were “credible allegations” India was involved in the killing of a Sikh separatist leader and Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in British Columbia in June. Since then, relations between New Delhi and Ottawa have not been the same. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer sits down with Samir Saran, President of the Observer Research Foundation, a top Indian think tank, to discuss the fallout.

America's tightrope walk with the Israel-Hamas war

As the death toll mounts in Israel’s war with Hamas, Ian Bremmer asks Senator Chris Murphy and Representative Mike Waltz: What role should the US government play in the conflict?

Israel at war

Israel is once again at war, with fighting raging to a level not seen in half a century. Ian Bremmer speaks with Jerusalem Post editor-in-chief Avi Mayer and Middle East scholar Shibley Telhami about Israel's response to Hamas and the broader geopolitical context of the conflict.

Climate change: are we overreacting?

Climate experts agree that climate change is real and human-caused. But how far should the world go to combat it? Will the worst-case scenarios forecast by climate scientists end up a reality? On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer is joined by controversial Danish author Bjorn Lomborg to unpack this critical issue.

World trade at risk without globalization, warns WTO chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

The WTO is the referee of global trade, a place for countries to negotiate agreements and resolve disputes. But it’s also received criticism for being too slow to adapt to the modern economy and for favoring wealthy nations over countries in the Global South. Ian Bremmer sits down with WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who’s been pushing members to recommit to the principles of globalization and invest in developing economies.

Is life better than ever for the human race?

Was the Beatles' Paul McCartney right - is it getting better all the time? On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer and Harvard psychologist Stephen Pinker talk about human progress and how we define it.

Peace in Ukraine is world's priority, says UN chief António Guterres

UN Secretary-General António Guterres tells Ian Bremmer in an exclusive interview for GZERO World that ending the war in Ukraine is the top priority: “The single most important thing is to have peace in Ukraine."

Is AI's "intelligence" an illusion?

Is ChatGPT all it’s cracked up to be? Will truth survive the evolution of artificial intelligence? On GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, cognitive scientist and AI researcher Gary Marcus breaks down the recent advances––and inherent risks––of generative AI.

Modern antisemitism on the rise

Antisemitism is nothing new. But lately, it feels like an ugly trend is back in fashion. The Anti-Defamation League found 3,700 instances of antisemitic harassment, vandalism, or assault around the country last year, the highest number in its 43 years of tracking. To unpack this complex trend, Ian Bremmer speaks with Israeli actress, writer, and activist Noa Tishby on GZERO World.

China’s economy in trouble

China’s economy has averaged about 10% annual growth year over year for the past four decades. It’s undoubtedly the biggest economic success story of our lifetime, but how long can that last?

Ukraine's counteroffensive on the brink

Months into the long-awaited Ukrainian counteroffensive. Kyiv has little to show for its military push. So why hasn't it been more effective? And if a military resolution to the conflict isn’t coming any time soon, could a diplomatic solution be back on the table? Ian Bremmer addresses these questions with former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch on GZERO World.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Russia, Sudan & the power of diplomacy

GZERO World travels to UN headquarters in New York for a special conversation with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield ahead of the United States taking over the presidency of the Security Council for the month of August.

Politics, trust & the media in the age of misinformation

Ahead of the 2024 US presidential election, GZERO World takes a hard look at the media’s impact on politics and democracy itself. In 1964, philosopher Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase, “the media is the message.” He meant that the way content is delivered can be more powerful than the content itself.

Is it time for the US government to rethink how it keeps its secrets?

Here’s one of the United States' worst-kept secrets: its flawed classification process. Joining GZERO World to discuss all things classified, including those documents in Trump’s bathroom, is former Congresswoman Jane Harman, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee after 9/11.

India is not a US ally ... or is it?

If the United States and India were to ever make it Facebook official, their status would be: "It's Complicated." These two global behemoths may seem like close allies, especially judging by the warm welcome President Biden gave Prime Minister Modi during his White House visit in June, but in reality, they are anything but best friends.

Putin's endgame in Ukraine

We still have a lot more questions than answers about Vladimir Putin’s political future and Russia’s war in Ukraine after Wagner Group head Yevgevny Prigozhin’s 24-hour attempted mutiny and subsequent exile to Belarus. On the first episode of GZERO World’s newest season, Ian Bremmer spoke with former Carnegie Moscow Center director and Kremlin ally Dmitri Trenin about the Russian view of the war and Putin’s endgame in Ukraine, just hours before Prigozhin announced his armed rebellion.

GZERO World with Ian Bremmer: Season 6 preview

GZERO's US public television show, GZERO World with Ian Bremmer is launching its sixth season on Friday, June 30. Ian Bremmer shares a preview of some of the fascinating guests lined up for the season's first few episodes.

Who polices the Supreme Court?

Who watches the watchmen? And who oversees the US Supreme Court? As SCOTUS, the highest court in the US, gears up to issue some blockbuster rulings this summer, ethical concerns swirl around its members, and its public support is at an all-time low. Ian Bremmer talks with Yale Law School legal expert, New York Times Magazine columnist and co-host of the Slate’s Political Gabfest podcast, Emily Bazelon.

World Bank's David Malpass on global debt & economic inequality

The world has a huge debt problem. Economic growth is slowing, but global debt is skyrocketing. David Malpass sits down with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World for his final interview as president of the World Bank Group to discuss the debt crisis, his tenure at the World Bank, and solutions for combatting growing economic inequality.

The road to repair: Pete Buttigieg & crumbling US infrastructure

The richest country in the history of the world should be able to keep its infrastructure updated and its roads intact. Congress passed the Biden administration’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which includes $550 billion dollars for America’s roads, bridges, mass transit, rail, airports, and ports. On GZERO World, Secretary Pete Buttigieg discusses what he has called "the single largest dedicated bridge investment since the construction of the Interstate highway system."

Republican identity crisis: Chris Christie vs. Donald Trump

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie shares his views about the 2024 GOP primary and Trump: "I think there's one lane for the nomination, and right now Donald Trump's in the front of that lane." Christie says that "to get in the front of that lane, you better intervene and go right through him because, otherwise, trying to go around him? I don't think it's a strategy."

How Bibi could end Israel's democracy (or get ousted)

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has a chilling warning about the future of Israeli democracy: The government's judicial overhaul plan puts the very foundations of Israeli democracy at risk. In an interview with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World, Barak explains that the reforms could erode the independence of the courts and weaken minority protections.

The Autocrat's Curse

Two months ago, Joe Biden said invading Ukraine would cost Russia and Vladimir Putin dearly. Since then, not much has gone Putin's way. But can he climb down without a win he can sell back home? While the Russians focus on the Donbas, the US now seems to think it can make Russia lose — which could trigger an escalation if Putin feels he's out of options. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to political scientist Ivan Krastev, who believes Putin has the autocrat's curse: his back is against the wall because he can't be perceived as weak.

Russia vs. NATO: Heightened risk of war

Russia's war in Ukraine has significantly increased the likelihood of direct confrontation with NATO. Russia now sees NATO as its enemy and vice versa. On GZERO World, former US Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder warns that Russian military aggression poses a real and present danger, making the current situation arguably worse than its been since the end of the Cold War.

Parsing Donald Trump's indictment

Preet Bharara, former US attorney for the Southern District of New York, stopped by GZERO World to discuss three big legal stories in the news: the charges facing former US President Donald Trump, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's gifts from a billionaire Republican donor, and the recent classified documents leak.

What the US and Canada really want from each other

US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally had their COVID-delayed summit in March 2023. Biden and Trudeau clearly get along, and US-Canada ties are as strong as ever. Yet, some thorny issues still need to be ironed out. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer discusses the bilateral relationship with David Cohen, the US ambassador to Canada, Kirsten Hillman, Canada's Ambassador in Washington, and Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand.

The banking crisis, AI & Ukraine: Larry Summers weighs in

The recent spate of bank failures has caused significant turbulence in markets and left investors jittery across the globe, from Silicon Valley to Switzerland. But is this a sign of a systemic banking crisis or of a more fundamental flaw in capitalism? In an interview with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World, former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers provides an in-depth analysis of the situation.

The uncomfortable truth about water scarcity

Water is critical to life, yet billions of people worldwide lack access to it. Gilbert Houngbo, Chair of UN-Water, sheds light on this critical issue on GZERO World. Houngbo attributes the water crisis to both "lack of resources and bad governance," and stresses the need for investment in water-related infrastructure to help solve the problem.

Iraq War's legacy: Loss of lives, rise of ISIS, & political turmoil

On 20th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, US Senator Tammy Duckworth and NBC's Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel sit down with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to reflect on the legacy of a war that reshaped the Middle East and continues to reverberate around the world.

Challenge of survival/Problem of governance: Aid for Turkey & Syria

The recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria have highlighted the challenges of providing aid in a region plagued by conflict and political instability. In conversation with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World, the International Rescue Committee's President and CEO, David Miliband, explains that aid delivery remains a challenge, particularly in the northwest of Syria controlled by armed opposition groups.

NATO unity & how to end war in Ukraine

After one year of war in Ukraine, Zelensky's military has performed far better against Russia than even some of its staunchest supporters expected, and Putin's illegal invasion of a sovereign neighbor has rallied the West to Kyiv's cause. Ian Bremmer is in Germany for the annual Munich Security Conference to ask world leaders how much further the West is willing to go in its support for Ukraine. Ian speaks with Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, who has been called Europe’s new Iron Lady, and NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană, who offers a candid assessment of a war that has no clear end in sight.

The AI arms race begins: Scott Galloway’s optimism & warnings

On GZERO World, tech expert and NYU Professor Scott Galloway shed light on artificial intelligence's dark side. But don't lose hope yet: Galloway emphasizes the potential of AI and language structure-driven search to revolutionize traditional search methods, and the value of social media data sets for decision-making.

Sen. Mitt Romney on DC dysfunction, Russian attacks, and banning TikTok

Senator Mitt Romney, a throwback from another era of US politics, has a message for the rabble-rousers on both sides in Washington, DC: pipe down. On GZERO World, the former Republican presidential candidate sits down for an exclusive interview with Ian Bremmer to talk debt ceiling drama, Ukraine war fatigue, and pondering war with China.

Inequality isn't inevitable - if global communities cooperate

Almost three years after COVID, we're still grappling with the geopolitical convulsions that the pandemic unleashed or worsened. They're all wiping out decades of progress on fighting global inequality. What can we do about it? On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to UN Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth Cousens, who thinks it's the perfect time for institutions backed by the 1 percent to step up even more.

“GZERO World with Ian Bremmer” season 5 highlights

“GZERO World with Ian Bremmer,” our weekly global affairs program, is now in its fifth season on US public television. Over the past five years, the program has brought you interviews with heads of state, newsmakers, and leaders of industry. Our mission is to help you make sense of the world and the people and events shaping politics today, and there’s no better place to do that than on public television.

Russia's tragic brutality and the humbling of the West

We returned to Davos for the World Economic Forum's annual meeting. The 2023 WEF is all about "polycrisis," which, in WEF-speak, means many crises simultaneously that compound each other like tangled knots. But how do you untangle those knots? That's a question that the world's business and political elite is struggling with a time when the globalization they adore is being questioned by the developing world.

Rogue states gone nuclear and the watchdog working to avert disaster

What keeps the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog up at night? On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer asks Grossi about the world's nuclear threats and what the IAEA is doing about them. Grossi views himself as a mediator — if leaders are willing to listen to him.

Struggling for economic progress as global recession looms in 2023

What's in store for the global economy in 2023? Well, it's not going to be pretty. A raging war in Europe, sky-high inflation, and an unstable China will create strong economic headwinds in the year to come. But it's not all doom and gloom. Ian Bremmer looks at the state of the global economy in this new year with renowned global economist, Dambisa Moyo, to put it all into perspective on GZERO World.

On Russia’s reckoning, China’s vulnerability & US democracy’s Dunkirk

2022 started and ended very differently for Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky. It's one of the oldest lessons in the history books: political power can be fleeting. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer looks back at 2022 and forward to 2023 with two frequent guests of the show: former US State Department official Anne-Marie Slaughter and The Atlantic contributor Tom Nichols.

Iran v. the Islamic Republic: Fighting Iran’s gender apartheid regime

Woman, life, freedom. Those three words have filled the streets of Iran since the ongoing women-led protests against the regime, the biggest since 2009, began last September. How did Iranian women get here? On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad.

US democracy after US midterms: polarized voters & Trump's GOP

What happened in the US midterm elections is becoming clear: the red wave-turned-ripple was only enough for Republicans to narrowly win the House, while the Democrats kept the Senate. But 'why' it happened is a harder question to answer. On GZERO World, NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith speaks to Ian Bremmer about all things midterms.

Europe’s tough decisions: Russia, China, and EU unity

The escalating Russia/Ukraine war has united European support to Kyiv’s cause, but it’s also brought a plethora of economic, political, and social challenges. Inflation, a sinking Euro, and the possibility of an energy crisis brings to question just how long Europe’s support for Ukraine will last? On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks with German diplomat Christoph Heusgen, who served as his country’s ambassador to the United Nations and is now chairman of the Munich Security Conference.

US threat levels from foreign and domestic enemies

The Biden administration finally released its long-anticipated National Security Strategy, basically America's biggest threats — foreign and domestic. The No. 1 external enemy is not Russia but rather China. It also emphasizes the homegrown threat of Americans willing to engage in political violence if their candidate loses at the ballot box. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to David Sanger, who knows a thing or two about national security because it's his beat at the New York Times.

Chinese power

Xi Jinping just got a rare third term as the head of China's ruling Communist Party. But having so much power comes with big tradeoffs and implications for China — and the rest of the world. Zero-COVID is saving Chinese lives, yet killing the Chinese economy. And the West is wary of Xi's increasingly muscular foreign policy. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to Antoine van Agtmael, the investor who coined the term "emerging markets" and knows a thing or two about China.

US votes as democracy is under attack

US midterm elections have traditionally been a referendum on the president. But in 2022 even Joe Biden wants the vote to be all about his predecessor, Donald Trump, who still dominates the GOP. This week on GZERO World — and for the first time in front of a live studio audience — Ian Bremmer speaks to New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker and New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser, who have co-authored a new book about the Trump presidency.

Can the world avoid a global recession?

This year, the annual fall meetings of the World Bank and the IMF are all about global economic doom and gloom. How bad will it get? Are we headed toward a worldwide recession? And who will bear the brunt of the pain? To get some answers, GZERO World with Ian Bremmer has two very special guests: World Bank President David Malpass and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva.

Upheaval in UK: the sobering challenges facing new PM Truss & new King Charles III

In early September, in just 48 hours the UK got a new prime minister (Liz Truss) and a new king (Charles III, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II). Both take over at a turbulent time in British politics, with no shortage of current and future challenges. To name just a few: a stagnant economy, sky-high energy prices, more Brexit fallout with the EU, and Scots demanding a fresh independence vote. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to former British PM Tony Blair (1997-2007), who believes there will be a lot of uncertainty over the next year or two if Truss insists on big tax cuts and big borrowing.

Gustavo Petro: the guerilla-turned-president who wants to "develop capitalism"

Colombia is Latin America’s longest-standing democracy, but it’s never elected a leftist president … until now. Gustavo Petro swept to power by a slim margin in June, thanks largely to young Colombian voters. What do they want from him? Change. It won't be easy. Petro wants to provide free university education and health care, to end oil exploration, and to tax the rich. Will he deliver? On GZERO World, Colombia's new leader sits down with Ian Bremmer in his first American interview to talk about his plans for Colombia's future, his views on the War on Drugs, and how he'll handle relations with Venezuela and the US.

How a war-distracted world staves off irreversible damage

The UN's blueprint to make the world a better place is on life support. The pandemic wiped out years of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, and right now there's no way they'll be met by 2030. Secretary-General António Guterres has a message for world leaders converging in New York for the annual UN General Assembly: We need to rescue the SDGs. But Guterres (and the international community) still has a lot more on their plate. On GZERO World, he warns that we may run out of food next year if the deal to get Ukrainian grain shipments out is not extended to Russian fertilizer.

Supercharging US clean energy & achieving net zero 2050 globally

What's in the US Inflation Reduction Act, and how will it help accomplish the Biden administration's climate goals? On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, who explains how the IRA will do things like bring back energy manufacturing jobs or help the US show up at the upcoming COP27 climate summit in Egypt as a global leader on clean energy.

The fallout from US Afghanistan withdrawal: a Marine's perspective

Almost one year ago, US forces departed Afghanistan after two decades of war. Their enemy was the Taliban, who didn't wait for all American soldiers to leave before taking over the country. One year later, Afghanistan is in shambles. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to former US marine and CIA officer Elliot Ackerman, whose new book "The Fifth Act," details the chaotic American withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Hackers, Russia, China: cyber battles & how we win

The next decade will be a turning point in the global cyber arms race. And the stakes are very high. If measured as a country's GDP, cyber crime would now be the world's third-largest economy after the US and China. And it only takes a single password — as Americans learned after the 2021 Colonial Pipeline attack — for cyber crime to cripple a company or humiliate a nation. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to Jen Easterly, director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, tasked with defending the country from all cyber threats — foreign and domestic.

Explaining inflation & what's next for the US economy

US inflation is now at a 40-year high. So, what can we do about it? The Federal Reserve is trying to cool down the overheated economy by raising interest rates. But if the Fed goes too far, the rate hikes could trigger a recession that'll hit low-income Americans hardest. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to economist and University of Chicago professor Austan Goolsbee, who says the recipe to fixing inflation depends on whether you see it as a demand or supply problem.

Why social media is broken & how to fix it

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen says social media companies can change for the better. On GZERO World, Haugen tells Ian Bremmer why governments need to rethink how they regulate social media. A good example is the EU, whose new law mandating data transparency could have global ripple effects.

Saudi Arabia’s repressive power politics

US President Joe Biden famously said he would treat Saudi Arabia as a "pariah" for ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But with oil prices near record highs and Iran seen as a growing menace, he felt he had no choice but to go there to revive the US-Saudi relationship. Biden didn't get much out of his trip, which Princeton University professor and MBS confidante Bernard Haykel says was a "big win" for the Saudis and the crown prince himself. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to Haykel, a Saudi expert, who discusses how MBS consolidated power, why the targeting of other journalists is unlikely, the kingdom's strategic value to the US, MBS's strategy to modernize his country, and the prospects for future warmer ties with Israel.

Assassinated! Japan’s grief & how Shinzo Abe’s goals will shape Asia

How will the shocking assassination of Shinzo Abe, Japan's former and longest-serving prime minister, reshape the country and the broader region? And will it lead to realizing Abe's unfulfilled dream of amending Japan's postwar pacifist constitution? On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to longtime Abe adviser Tomohiko Taniguchi, who shares how he felt when he found out his close friend had died.

US Supreme Court fights: why ending Roe is only the beginning

The US is now a much more divided country than it was almost 50 years ago, when the Supreme Court granted the constitutional right to abortion — recently overturned by the court. Interestingly, most of the rest of the world is moving in the opposite direction, including in majority-Catholic countries. But striking down Roe v. Wade will surely have a bigger impact on US politics. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to New York Times columnist Emily Bazelon, who knows a thing or two about this ultra-divisive issue because she's also a a senior research fellow at Yale Law School.

How depoliticizing the US health response will save lives (​COVID isn't over)

We're not done with the pandemic — yet. Although COVID will likely become endemic sometime this year in some parts of the world, the virus will still rage on everywhere else. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer catches up on the pandemic's state of play with former CDC chief Tom Frieden, who has a message for everyone who hasn't gotten vaxxed yet: do it.

The politics of resentment & how authoritarian strongmen gain power

In recent years, part of the pushback against globalization has been led by autocrats who reject things like free trade and the liberal international order. For them, globalization means losing control, which they don't like one bit. But the world today remains more interconnected than ever, particularly in cyberspace. So, do they want less globalization, or rather a version that fits their narrative? On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times, who knows a thing or two about the likes of Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, or Donald Trump, and who has just written a book about strongmen.

Next steps for a world at a make-or-break moment: Davos 2022

For years, titans of industry and government have visited the tiny alpine village of Davos in Switzerland to discuss how to fix the world's problems. They pushed a globalist agenda, promoting things like liberal democracy and cooperation to address big problems like climate change. But fewer people are buying what Davos is selling in 2022. Blame the pandemic and Russia's war in Ukraine. So, what were the main takeaways at this year's geopolitical WEF?

Hope as major crises intersect

To fix our broken international political system, we need a crisis. For instance, a pandemic, climate change, or Big Tech having too much power. But it must be a crisis that's so destructive it forces us to respond fast, and together — like World War II. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer talks to Anne-Marie Slaughter, former US State Department official and now CEO of New America, and political scientist and Harvard professor Stephen Walt about the Ukraine war and other crises.

Beginning of Putin's end

On May 9, Vladimir Putin marked the 77th anniversary of Russia's Victory Day in World War II by co-opting its narrative to justify invading Ukraine and paint itself as a victim of Western aggression. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to Michael McFaul, who knows a thing or two about Russia and Putin from his days as the former US ambassador in Moscow. "There is not a single economic actor in Russia that thinks this is good," notes McFaul.

A perfect storm of food insecurity: a problem for all of us

Russia and Ukraine are agricultural powerhouses. But the war and sanctions against Moscow have crippled their ability to feed the world.Who's most at risk? Developing countries that rely on those imports. What will the impact be? The disruptions could double the number of people that went hungry due to the pandemic. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to Ertharin Cousin, who knows a thing or two about food security since she used the run the UN World Food Programme.

China's year of unpredictability

Russia's war in Ukraine has put China in an awkward spot: they condemn the invasion, but not the invader. Still, it's not really a "limitless" partnership because Xi Jinping has many reasons to be careful about supporting Vladimir Putin, his toxic BFF. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to Melinda Liu, Newsweek's veteran Beijing bureau chief, who describes the relationship between the two autocrats as a "marriage of convenience."

Authoritarians gone wild

Political scientist Yascha Mounk says we're in a new era of naked power politics. That means Vladimir Putin doesn’t care what you think about his blind ambition. And he really doesn’t have to because authoritarians like him are on the rise.

Iran nuclear deal 2.0, or war?

Since taking office, the Biden administration has worked hard for the US to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which Donald Trump walked away from in 2018. Now, reaching an agreement is more urgent than ever because the Iranians are closer to getting the bomb than they've ever been. But Russia's war in Ukraine has complicated things, and some fear that even if a deal happens, the US may withdraw again with a Republican president in 2025.

Putin's Europe Problem

The West is already at war with Russia. NATO boots may not be on the ground, but the US and its allies are helping Ukraine with arms and cash, and by upping the pressure on Moscow with tough sanctions. Vladimir Putin knows this, but he's fighting a 20th-century war in 2022 — and losing on global PR and social media. One country watching very closely is Finland. Ian Bremmer talks to former Finnish PM Alexander Stubb, who explains why his country has gone from longtime neutral actor to NATO hopeful.

As democracy erodes: Pakistan’s Hina Khar on “supremely dangerous” global trends

As Russian forces invaded Ukraine, Pakistan's PM Imran Khan, one of Vladimir Putin’s few friends these days, visited Moscow. His trip did not go down well in the US, a longtime ally of Islamabad. On this episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer talks to Pakistan’s former Foreign Minister, Hina Khar, about Afghanistan, her country’s future choices, and, of course, India.

Ukraine war: Has Putin overplayed his hand?

After weeks of military buildup and lies, Russia has attacked Ukraine. With diplomacy dead, Western allies are now turning to sanctions. The mood was somber at the recent Munich Security Conference, where world leaders were scrambling to avoid exactly this outcome. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer talks to former CIA boss David Petraeus to discuss the "porcupine" Vladimir Putin has eaten, and to John Kerry, former US secretary of State and the Biden administration's current climate czar, about Putin's other big problem with climate.

Does China's rise have to mean America's decline?

The US and China are as wary of each other as they've ever been. But the Chinese think they are on the rise, while America is declining. On this week's episode of GZERO World, Ian Bremmer talks to billionaire Ray Dalio, head of the world's largest hedge fund, who thinks rising US debt, a widening wealth gap among Americans, and the meteoric rise of China all play into Beijing's plans to overtake the US as a global superpower.

Black voter suppression in 2022

Until the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Black people in America who wanted to vote faced impossible poll questions and literacy tests. But the Supreme Court gutted the law in 2013, allowing states to pass new voting legislation that progressives say restrict Black access to the ballot box.

The 2022 midterm elections will be the first major test of these laws — which Democrats in Congress are unlikely to be able to stop. How will this all affect Black turnout in November?

Will Putin invade Ukraine?

Will Putin invade Ukraine?That's the million-dollar question. Joe Biden certainly seems to think so. But whether Vladimir Putin will actually do it, or is just playing political chess, is anyone's guess. Putin has long griped about the collapse of the Soviet Union, which explains how he feels about Ukraine. The US and NATO accuses him of posturing, but he thinks NATO is doing the same.

Be more worried about artificial intelligence

As we spend more time online and looking at our screens, we're increasingly living in a digital world. But we don't always know who runs it. Tech companies are writing the rules — through computer algorithms powered by artificial intelligence. The thing is, Big Tech may have set something in motion it doesn't fully understand, nor control. On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer talks to former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who believes we need to control AI before it controls us.

Omicron & the undoing of China's COVID strategy

In China, Xi Jinping's zero-COVID approach faces its toughest test to date with omicron. Why? Because China lacks mRNA jabs, and so few Chinese people have gotten COVID that overall protection is very low.

American strife: Will US democracy survive? Fiona Hill explains post-Jan 6 stakes

One year after the attack on the US Capitol, American democracy is still hurting. For Ian Bremmer, a democracy dies when regular people like the rioters choose violence over votes, and we can no longer agree on objective reality. But Republicans have done such a great job at whitewashing that Democrats are now the ones with their back against the wall ahead of the November midterms.

Caught in the crossfire: Yemen’s forgotten war

In Yemen, the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis you’ve probably never heard of, 80 percent of people need international aid just to survive. Two-thirds are hungry, and half don’t know where their next meal will come from. Life is very hard in Yemen, UN Resident Coordinator David Gressly tells Ian Bremmer on GZERO World. Most infrastructure is destroyed, few can access clean water or health care, and many Yemenis are afraid to go outside because of landmines.

Counter narrative: Black Americans, the 1619 Project, and Nikole Hannah-Jones

According to the 1619 Project's’ Nikole Hannah-Jones, America was founded on liberty, equality, and…slavery. The institution of slavery, she argues, was the foundation upon which the country achieved its economic and political greatness. It’s a claim that set the cultural world on fire when the 1619 Project was published in the New York Times in 2019 and now, as she compiles and expands upon that project in a new book, controversy has erupted once again.

Taliban 2.0: Afghanistan on the Brink (US AWOL)

Few people know more about the Taliban than journalist and author Ahmed Rashid, who wrote the book on the group — literally. In the months after 9/11, his critically acclaimed 2000 study Taliban became a go-to reference as the US geared up to invade Afghanistan and knock the militant group from power. Now, twenty years later, with the US out of Afghanistan and the Taliban back in charge, Ian Bremmer sat down with Rashid to learn more about the Taliban today.

Inflation nation: What’s driving US prices higher?

As the holiday shopping season gets underway, consumers are facing empty shelves and sky-high prices. What explains the supply chain crunch and how is it related to the highest levels of inflation in the US in 30 years? Ian Bremmer is joined by economist Larry Summers, who served as the Treasury Secretary under President Clinton and as the Director of the National Economic Council under Barack Obama. Also on this episode of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer: the plight of the lowly shipping container.

The Korean Peninsula from K-Pop to Kim Jong-un

On GZERO World, a tale of two very different Koreas. From K-Pop supergroup BTS to Oscar-winner Parasite to Netflix global sensation Squid Game, South Korea seems to be churning out one massive cultural hit after another. And North Korea is taking notice. As South Korea's cultural cachet continues to climb, so does Little Rocket Man's anger. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called the K-Pop invasion a "vicious cancer" and sees the South's soft power as a direct threat to his rule. Jean Lee, former AP Pyongyang bureau chief and veteran Korea correspondent, speaks with Ian Bremmer.

Nuclear weapons: more dangerous than ever?

In recent years, as nuclear disarmament worldwide has slowed to a crawl, world powers are engaging in a new kind of arms race: a technological one. Today's nuclear threat is not about who has the most nukes, it's about who has the smartest ones. Arms control expert Kelsey Davenport joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to talk about the world's long fascination with these horrible weapons and how close we still remain to all-out nuclear war.

Surviving a warming planet

Fires, floods, and droughts. Climate change is already happening but so far humans have been slow to react. Will the UN Climate Conference (COP26) produce lasting change or just more hot air? On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks with Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Program. Plus, a look at what's driving the United Kingdom's fuel shortage.