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Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 12:30 - 14:00

The impact of geopolitics on markets … and Asia's future
Ian Bremmer
Founder and President of Eurasia Group
Language:The speech and Q&A will be in English

 Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers has described today's speaker, Ian Bremmer, as the sharpest and most prescient analyst of the global political economy around.

 Bremmer, founder of the Eurasia Group, is credited with bringing the craft of political risk to financial markets. He will outline the turbulent environment the world - particularly the Asia-Pacific - faces and the principal geopolitical threats confronting it.

 He believes the lack of global leadership is becoming more pronounced. Global institutions are too weak and rigid - or simply overcrowded - to adjust to the rise of China and other emerging powers, as well as to a higher-volatility, lower-growth environment. It has become clear that global fragmentation is outpacing efforts to build new multilateral partnerships, regional institutions or coalitions of like-minded countries.

 Bremmer will lay out the challenges from four major recent crises and how he sees their impact on markets: instability across the Middle East, particularly sectarian violence in Iraq/Syria; a metastasizing conflict over Ukraine; fraying American alliances with its traditional partners; and the flashpoints in the South and East China Seas.

 The number of rising Asian powers and their economic potential ensure that nowhere will the risk of political, commercial, and military confrontation have a greater bearing on the global economy than in this region. With too many powerful players and too few referees to manage their intensifying strategic competition, what is next for the Asia Pacific, and Japan in particular?

 Ian Bremmer received a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in 1994 and became the youngest-ever National Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He founded the Eurasia Group, a research and consulting firm, in 1998, and currently also teaches at New York University. In addition to "Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World," Bremmer is the author of several other books, including, "The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?" His latest book on on the future of America's role in the world is due to be published in May 2015.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website(still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/non-members is 1,750/2,700 yen, non-members eligible to attend may pay in cash (menu:roasted pork with hot vegetables). Reservations canceled less than one hour in advance for working press members, and 24 hours for all others, will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. For meal service, please enter the room by 12:55.

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