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Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  266 ratings  ·  27 reviews
G-Zero — \JEE-ZEER-oh\ —n. A world order in which no single country or durable alliance of countries can meet the challenges of global leadership. What happens when the G20 doesn’t work and the G7 is history?If the worst threatened—a rogue nuclear state with a horrible surprise, a global health crisis, the collapse of financial institutions from New York to Shanghai and Mu ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Portfolio (first published March 1st 2012)
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Marcio Silva
Bremmer's book has one or two good anectodes, but seems more concerned about making the "G-Zero" label stick by repeating it two times per sentence than by providing evidence of its validity. When it tries to prove that the "G-Zero" is a reality, it falls in the common trap of other superficial books that have been published lately - ie, it compares today's "anarchic" world with an idealized version of the past in which the US hel all the cards and was able to accomplish anything it wanted. The ...more
Every nation for itself is the first rule of international relations, not a new insight.
What happens when there is no "leader of the free world?" How does the world function if every nation only considers its own best interests? The implications go beyond the potential for wars and terrorism. Who will set the global standards of trade, currency, and international networks? If all countries are out for themselves how do they work together on issues like climate change? The consequences of such a situation are frightening to contemplate but they are also with us on a daily basis.

What if the course of leadership in the world changes? Bremmer analyzes the possibility of a global environment with no alliance system to set forth global leadership. Yet, Bremmer does not only focus on the purported problems of natural disasters, rogue states, and financial meltdowns. He brings into question about the networks that would dictate global trade, international laws, etc. This would change the course of cooperation among nations. Would traditional alliance hold strong or would ever ...more
An excellent book with lots of information about possible scenarios concerning where world leadership is going. Bremmer claims we are entering a time when there is no real world leader and ultimately presents five possible scenarios about what things will look like on the other side of G-Zero. While predicting the future is always a risky task, Bremmer provides a good overview of where things are today, why the U.S. cannot muster the political or financial resources to be "the" leader as we go i ...more
Maverick Vincent
If the worst threatened, where would the world look to for leadership?

This is the question posed by Ian Bremmer in Every Nation for Itself: What Happens When No One Leads the World (2012). Bremmer, a noted authority in the field of political risk, paints a portrait of a world in “tumultuous transition” as the result of an ongoing vacuum in global leadership. The de facto sources of guidance and direction are now increasingly incapable or unwilling to supply it. The United States and other indu
There isn't much new here for anyone who's been paying attention. Bremmer really seems focused on trying to get the term "G-Zero" to stick. Unfortunately, the fact that it shows up at least twice on almost every page distracted from the analysis and arguments he was presenting.

While there's nothing egregiously bad about his analysis of the current international system, he does demonstrates some laziness in some sections of the book. There is one point where he goes from discussing potential piv
Amanda Clarissa
This book shows you potential problems in international relations that could happen the future, the one that we never or gave a little thought before: internet and water among others.

However, personally I think this book tries to cover too much actor and issue - would have been better if Bremmer focuses more on state actors and few most prominent issues. That way it would've covered more details, hence the three stars.
Nonetheless, it succeeded to capture the actual condition in international rel
Johan Ekbom
An excellent insightful perspective on the history and future of international politics, relations and foreign policy. With global trade dependencies we see that normal political agendas in the long run will have much less meaning and effect as global economics will be the main driving force for changes and direction. This will lead us into to a new world power structure Ian describes as the "G-Zero", with no one state in the lead.

As no state in the future will be able to lead global politics,
So this is my first Ian Bremmer book and I have to say I was not overly impressed. Based on the title "winners and losers" and the interview with Fareed Zakaria (posted on Amazon) I was expecting to get a lot more detail on which nations are going to be winners (or losers) and why.

The Pros: Aside from some interesting jargon that he creates (G-zero, "shadow state", "pivot state") he really does a good job with outlining various global political scenarios and mapping them into a 4 quadrant grid
Makes for a grim reading, understandable though given the status of current global affairs. Bremmer (who earlier authored the J-Curve), defines ‘G-zero’ as a world order in which no single country or durable alliance of countries can meet the challenges of global leadership. The book takes us through the transition from G2 , G20 and to present G-zero and the impact so far. The world currently is in an uneasy state of flux, however the state of G-zero cannot remain forever and something has to gi ...more
I enjoyed his wit in presenting a framework for thinking about foreign policy. Somewhat cynical or perhaps more practical in the changes that our country or the globe faces. A good counter point to the myopic optimism of globalization flattening or shrinking the globe. As every country has many opportunities to change the outcome or the dynamics of foreign policy, Ian provides a compelling framework to understand what the possible outcomes could be or to begin to plan for the results,
Danny Quah
A good sensible book that lays out the issues and facts. Don't go into this with too high expectations "oh, Bremmer will tell me which country exactly is going to come on top; oh, Bremmer is going to re-do all of International Relations and Great Power Politics" - and you won't be unreasonably disappointed. Bremmer doesn't claim he's going to do any of those things, and no book can sensibly drive the discussion to that level of detail. But the book is a good one for drawing out the geopolitical ...more
I'm an Ian Bremmer fan. He seems very smart, thoroughly conversant with the world, connected and advancing no agenda. To me, this book seems an objective analysis of the current world situation with speculation about some future scenarios. The analysis is interesting; the speculation, well, speculative. It's too bad American politicians won't read it, or if they do, won't act on it. The answers to America's problems are so obvious. To quote Bremmer, American politicians must "accept that deficit ...more
Lee Moses
The premise of the book is that the era of the United States being the most powerful country on earth by far is ending. The US will still be quite powerful and influential but the world power structure is changing and going through a transitional period. Bremmer spun many plausible scenarios but the realty is no one knows how this transitional period will shake out. Bremmer's explanations on how the world got to the position it is in are lucid and penetrating. This book is quite useful for those ...more
Ahmad Al-abbad
The idea itself is very interesting.
Jeanne Crotty
The author of this book is pretty much Woody Allen's brother. I had the pleasure of listening to him speak, and his speech was not only interesting and smart, but funny. I read this book in preparation for the author's speech and a subsequent Q & A, and if you know a lot about geopolitics, I suspect this book isn't too groundbreaking. But if you don't and are interested in it, this is a great read. I especially like the concept of a G-zero world. And if you ever have the chance to hear Ian B ...more
Ryan Rommann
Bremmer creates several useful concepts that enhance the current foreign policy debates - "G-zero", "Pivot" and "shadow state".

But he never makes a strong case why current anarchic global situations are new phenomena. Even the cold war bipolar period and America's unipolar moment had numerous instances of inaction and impotence. G-zero keeps being contrasted against an idealistic, omnipotent US-led system that never was.

He's right on theory but weak on analysis.
Even when it tried no to, the author seemed a little too in to American hegemony. He seemed to avoid any circumstance in which the United States is not a part of the G"anything". He ignored the fact that China, Russia, and the EU could ban together. Aside from that, the book was very interesting. It made me question the future of the international community.
Alex Lennon
Better journal article than book. Good idea, written by others like Richard Haass or Niall Ferguson as apolar or nonpolar world, with interesting anecdotes. Bremmer is a fantastic speaker with a dry sense of humor, but some of that doesn't come across as well in the book as his speeches. Worth a look for nonspecialists, and it's a quick read, but just ok in this format.
I liked this book but it was not an easy reading and probably there too many informations not particularly discussed, just given, and this was not always good for someone like me that probably lacks some of the notions that Bremmer thinks everybody should have.

Vinod Ravi
I love Bremmer's dry wit and smattering of subtle sarcasm. Combine that with a steady command over an incredibly broad range of global political developments, shifts and trends, and what you get is a thoroughly engaging - if at times cynical - read. Highly recommended!
Martin Schoffstall
Ian organizes a multilateral world into some clearer scenarios. His reasons for how hard it is going to be to get things done internationally is very insightful.
A view to neo-realpolitik in the XXI. century, Bremmer describes the impossibilities of leaderocracy...
Des Orf
Good idea but it keeps repeating a number of arguments almost in every chapter
Antonio D'souza
Very clearheaded look at what the future holds.
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Ian Bremmer (born November 12, 1969) is an American political scientist specializing in US foreign policy, states in transition, and global political risk. He is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, a leading global political risk research and consulting firm, and a professor at Columbia University. Eurasia Group provides financial, corporate, and government clients with information and ins ...more
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