The J Curve: A New Way of Thinking About Foreign Policy
- 2nd November 2006, 11:00AM
Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group and author of The J Curve: A New Way to Understand why Nations Rise and Fall
Demos is delighted to be welcoming Ian Bremmer, President of Eurasia Group and author of the groundbreaking book, The J Curve: A New Way to Understand why Nations Rise and Fall. In his speech, Ian will offer a new geopolitical framework to explain how national decision makers define their interests and make their choices, and how those choices affect the rest of the world.
According to Ian, the world isn't flat, it's j curved. While some states remain stable because their governments isolate their citizens, both from the outside world and from one another, other states are stable because their political, economic, and social institutions are fuelled by globalization and thrive on change. The J Curve argues that for a nation that is "stable because it is closed" to become "stable because it is open," it must survive a period of dangerous instability. In an age of global terrorism, weapons proliferation, religious conflict, and other transnational threats, these countries' transitions toward openness are everyone's business.
This will be an absorbing and thought provoking speech from one of the leading thinkers on this all-too-relevant topic.
If you would like to attend please contact Nick Carter at JCurve@demos.co.uk or 0207 367 4200.