For the past 20 years the name "Putin" has been synonymous with "Russia." Will that ever change? On our latest episode, Ian Bremmer sits down with former Ambassador to Russia and career foreign service officer Bill Burns. The two examine how Vladimir Putin's worldview was formed, and what his goals are for Russia, the U.S., and the world.
Britain's immigration shake up — The British government has announced a shake-up to its immigration rules that will cut visas for low-skilled workers and impose new immigration criteria, including fluency in English. The new rules, which will take effect next January, are meant to lower immigration overall, and they will hit particularly hard for the large number of eastern European immigrants who work in sectors like old age care, hospitality, and construction. This is a big reversal for Britain, which in 2004 was one of just three EU member states to open its labor markets to citizens of the former Communist countries that had recently joined the bloc. Boris Johnson's Conservative Party says the new rules will prioritize people with skills over a boundless supply of "cheap labor." But critics point out that the British economy is currently at full employment, and that migrants are needed to fill vacancies that Britons won't.
What are your takeaways from the Munich Security Conference?
I think there are three: The US message was essentially we should love sovereignty, I should dislike China, and Huawei in particular. European message: We have to develop an appetite for power, but it may take some time. German message: Well, we might get our act together.
Kevin Sneader, global managing partner of McKinsey & Company, answers the question: Are CEOs getting real about climate change?
The answer, yes. Why? One, it's personal. Many have watched with horror the wildfires that took place recently. Others have even been evacuated. And for some, the snow set in Davos, they experienced incredibly mild temperatures that laid all to quip that climate change really has arrived. But the other reasons are a growing understanding of the nature of climate change.
As the head of a leading management consulting firm, global managing partner of McKinsey & Company Kevin Sneader has an inside view into the challenges facing the world's top executives. Every Thursday, Sneader will address questions about key issues like attracting and retaining talent, growing revenue, navigating change, staying ahead of the competition, and corporate responsibility – all in 60 seconds.