Global Strategist, Thinker, Futurist, Speaker
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.
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… This has been the mantra that Americans have championed — and sometimes resisted — since the foundation of the Republic. The idea that America is where the poor can gain a new start. In the near future this sentiment will prove only half true. The next wave of migration will be the cream of the global labor pool.
The Mideast wars have left the United States exhausted and leery. Immigration has become a four-letter word. Shale has severed most of the ties that bind. In sum, the United States has lost interest in the wider world and so is already hip-deep in a decade-long retrenchment. That will change not just the world, but America itself. Such evolutions will make next phase of American engagement not just more thoughtful and surgical, but also more lucrative.
Bretton Woods is the cornerstone of the modern system. The concept of countries being able to buy and sell their wares openly on the international marketplace is inviolable. The freedom to sail one’s products around the world is a given. Everything from the transfer of money to the accessibility of energy is sacrosanct. All this and more is artificial. All this and more is about to end. What replaces it will either be wondrous or damning. Your outcome depends upon where you live.
Geopolitical Strategist Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic and security expert.
Zeihan’s worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to a deep understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends, helping industry leaders navigate today’s complex mix of geopolitical risks and opportunities. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his irreverent approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types.
In his career, Zeihan has ranged from working for the US State Department in Australia, to the DC think tank community, to helping develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Mr. Zeihan founded his own firm — Zeihan on Geopolitics — in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military.
His freshman book, The Accidental Superpower, forecasts the coming collapse of the global order. It debuted in 2014.
His newest project, The Absent Superpower, published in December 2016. It highlights what comes next.
Peter recently spoke at our partners meeting for the North & Central America region in Carlsbad, California. His captivating presentation received, by far the highest accolades of any presentation we have had in all the years I have been chairman. His style and fluency on the geopolitical landscape is beyond comparison. I very much look forward to having him present at our international partners meeting in the near future.
Peter Zeihan was outstanding as our featured speaker at our most recent event. His presentation style, melding incredible knowledge and insight with humor, had our delegates engaged throughout and left them with a new perspective on how global economics and geopolitics may impact the agribusiness sector.
We highly recommend Peter, he was an informative and engaging presenter to top executives at our recent board meeting. Attendees’ primary follow-up requests was to have Peter speak again and to give him more time to share his exceptional insights.