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The world may experience a leadership vacuum as the United States no longer has the wherewithal or aspiration to direct global governance. Political theorist Ian Bremmer, who refers to this “driverless” global paradigm as a “G-Zero world,” aims for scope rather than depth in his sharp synopsis of a world teetering on the edge of a radical transformation. getAbstract recommends Bremmer’s concise geopolitical overview to concerned global citizens.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How a “G-Zero world,” one without a hegemonic power, will function;
  • What challenges countries and regions around the globe face in a G-Zero world; and
  • How the United States can remain a global leader in the future.

About the Speaker

Political theorist Ian Bremmer founded Eurasia Group, a political risk consulting firm.



The United States has led globalization efforts for generations, and global governance institutions such as the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund reflect US values and standards. Yet America, the G7 or even the G20 is no longer at the helm. Today’s world is a “G-Zero world,” whereby “no single country or durable alliance of countries can meet the challenges of global leadership.” Though the globalization of goods and services continues, the concept of Americanization is obsolete. The United States spent more than $2 trillion fighting failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and is reluctant...

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