Peter Zeihan

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  • Former VP of Analysis for STRATFOR & "The Global Guy"
  • Expert in Geopolitics

Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist who has lived in the world of international affairs throughout his career. He launched his own firm, Zeihan on Geopolitics, in 2012 in order to specialize in customized executive briefings for his clients. In his new life Zeihan applies his 12 years of intelligence experience and a geopolitical perspective to specific the needs of his clients. With a mix of insight and irreverence he helps them see their businesses and industries from a new point of view, so that they can prepare for a now-more-understandable future.

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  • The Trump Doctrine: Presidents come and go, but geography doesn't change. Gain understanding of the world the incoming Trump administration is inheriting, and get a glimpse into how the new White House will grapple with crises imminent, opportunities golden and everything in between.
  • The End of Europe: Five recessions in nine years. A litany of debt debacles. Ossified institutions incapable of change. Rising populism. Refugee floods. Russians growling at the border. And that's the good news. Despite a decade of crisis none of Europe's problems have had their root causes addressed, and now time is simply up. Everything that makes modern, wealthy, cosmopolitan, democratic Europe possible is breaking apart, and the Europeans are about to lose far more than "merely" a decade. Discover what makes Europe tick, what is tearing it down, and most of all, what is next.
  • A World Without China: Three pillars support modern China's success- global trade, internal political unity, and easy money. With those three pillars, China has managed to shake 2000 years of war and occupation and remake itself as one of the world's most powerful countries. Yet none of these three pillars can stand without American assistance, and that cooperation is ending. China's "inevitable" rise isn't simply over, it is about to go into screeching, unrelenting, dismembering reverse. But that's hardly the end of history. When a country falls -- particularly the world's top manufacturing power -- the ripples affect countries and industries near and far. Learn who benefits and who loses in a world without China.
  • The Accidental Superpower, The Coming Hurdles & Opportunities: The world is changing fast. Demographic shifts are turning everything we know about global and national economies on its ear. shale energy is undoing decades of dependencies. The immutable rules of geography are breaking down our longstanding global free trade system. And it is all happening at the same time. what will this new world look like, exactly? With a mix of analysis and wit, Zeihan shows what this new world looks like from any number of angles--government, corporate, financial, domestic and foreign, so audiences can understand what's coming, and plan ahead.
  • The Obama Doctrine: No president since Harry Truman has ruled at a time of greater change in the international system. The very foundation of Europe is cracking apart, the Iranian gambit for regional domination is faltering, the Global War on Terror is winding down, and shale energy is opening up new economic and strategic opportunities. Taken together the post-Cold War era is in its final months. Zeihan plays events forward and sketches out how the Obama administration will choose, and be forced to apply American power in the months and years to come.
  • The Syrian Endgame: The Syrian civil war has entered its endgame, and the end of Alawite dominance heralds a geopolitical restructuring of the broader region. Iran's gambit to dominate the Persian Gulf has faltered, and will likely fail, ushering in changes that will undermine America's enemies and allies alike.
  • The Shale Revolution: The advent of the shale era is remaking the American energy complex. While self-sufficiency is a bridge too far, the combination of at-home investment and a lower need for Middle Eastern involvement frees up considerable American resources. The result will be a different sort of American economy, a different sort of American diplomacy, and a different role for the United States on the global stage.
  • The American Age: Americans think of themselves as set apart from the rest of the world, and to a certain degree they are correct. But it is not that Americans are "better" or "more free" that makes them different, instead that they enjoy supreme geographic positioning and favorable demography, something that is not currently enjoyed by any other major power. Played as little as twenty years forward, this will result in an American-dominated international system with all of the economic and strategic benefits that such implies. Many countries will do very badly in this new strategic alignment, but not all. In fact, the list of winners is as lengthy as it is unexpected.
  • What Every Financial Professional Should Know About Geopolitics: Geopolitics is the study of how place impacts people, whether that impact be cultural, military, economic, political, or financial. Everything from how banks lend to how stocks are traded is heavily colored by where one lives, and understanding the unspoken, and often unacknowledged, rules of the game can prove critical to financial success. Zeihan explains how geography impacts the various regions differently, how this elevates some sectors while enervating others, and what sort of surprises, both good and bad, are lurking in the background.
  • Life After Europe: The entire European experiment occurred within the Cold War framework that was both artificial and imposed from outside. That framework has dissolved and anything that used it as a foundation, up to and including the euro, is now dissolving with it. Zeihan will lay out why Europe's strengths, not its debts, have made the euro's fall inevitable, as well as what life after the common currency will look like not just in Europe, but around the world. The picture is not as dark as you might think.
  • Powers of Yesterday, Powers of Tomorrow: Americans believe that their greatest days are behind them and that a series of new powers is rising up to displace them. On the contrary, America's best days, militarily, economically, financially and culturally, are still ahead of them. In fact, many of the states that the Americans feel are up-and-comers; most notably China, Russia and India, are merely experiencing a historical moment courtesy of factors utterly beyond their control. The real powers of tomorrow are largely states that the Americans either have very little knowledge of or have already dismissed. The major powers of 2050 will not based in Beijing or Moscow, but in Jakarta, Buenos Aires, Warsaw, Istanbul and Mexico City.
  • Canada, Opportunities First, then Challenges: Geopolitics is the study about how place shapes economics, politics, military strategy and culture, and there are few countries who have been shaped more deeply by their sense of "place" than the Canadians. For the past two centuries the Canadians have been forced to play the role the Americans have allowed for them, and at the end of an era the Canadians stand with a quiet confidence, having made the very best of a very poor hand. Now a new era is emerging. One in which American power is stronger, but less predictable. Unless, like the Canadians, you happen to understand how the Americans think. Very soon Canada's choices will be about how to take advantage of opportunities, rather than how to avoid complications. But in this very silver lining is a very dark cloud. The same evolutions that will allow Canada unprecedented opportunities for wealth and respect also hold the possibility of destroying the Canadian state. And this time the dangers do not originate from the United States, but from within Canada itself.
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  • Political / World Affairs

Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist who has lived in the world of international affairs throughout his career. He launched his own firm, Zeihan on Geopolitics, in 2012 in order to specialize in customized executive briefings for his clients. In his new life Zeihan applies his 12 years of intelligence experience and a geopolitical perspective to specific the needs of his clients. With a mix of insight and irreverence he helps them see their businesses and industries from a new point of view, so that they can prepare for a now-more-understandable future.

Mr. Zeihan is a frequent guest on national and international television news shows on CNN, ABC, Fox News, and also is frequently interviewed for radio programs. He has been quoted in major print and online publications including New York Times, Forbes, AP, Bloomberg, MarketWatch and many others. Zeihan’s first independent book — The Accidental Superpower — will publish in fall 2014.

Before becoming a full-time speaker, Zeihan was part of the core team that built Stratfor into a geopolitical consultancy and publishing house. In his variety of roles — for four years serving as the firm’s Vice President of Analysis — he designed products, serviced client needs and managed the firm’s analytical teams across all geographic and topical areas of responsibility.

Zeihan began his career working for the State Department in Australia, later moving to Washington DC to join the Center for Political and Strategic Studies under Susan Eisenhower. In both capacities, he regularly analyzed developments in Asia, Europe and the formerSoviet Unionwhile producing briefs and publications.

When Zeihan isn’t speaking to the future of shale energy or Brazilian finance or Russian military strategy or German industry or Indonesian mining or China’s political transition, he is typically working on the draft of his next book, The Intentional Superpower.

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