Supporting event: Top Risks 2018: Geopolitical Depression?

Host / Sponsor: Asia Society
Event Time: Thu 15 Mar 2018, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Venue: Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

Top Risks 2018

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Late Afternoon Dialogue
Drinks Reception 5:30pm
Presentations 6:00pm
Close 7:00pm

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While markets are soaring and the economy is not faring too poorly, citizens are divided. Governments aren’t doing much governing. The global order is unraveling. The scale of the world’s political challenges is daunting. Liberal democracies have less legitimacy than at any time since World War II, and most of their structural problems don’t appear fixable. Meantime, today’s strongest leaders show little interest in civil society or common values. Eurasia Group, a world leader in political risk analysis and consulting, sees 2018 as bringing the world closer to “geopolitical depression”, forming the backdrop of its recently published “Top Risks 2018”. Join senior advisors of Eurasia Group —  David Gordon, former Chairman, on his take on U.S. – China relations in 2018 and Enrico Letta, former prime Minister of Italy, on prospects for Europe.

david gordon David Gordon is Senior Advisor and Former Chairman of Eurasia Group. He spent more than a decade working at the highest levels of U.S. foreign and national security policy processes, provides clients with his perspective of U.S. and global macro issues from Washington. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Gordon served as the director of policy planning under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and played a leading role in developing policy ideas on issues ranging from Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. engagement in East Asia and the multilateral response to the international financial crisis. He previously served at the National Intelligence Council from 2004 to 2007. Mr. Gordon received his doctorate from the University of Michigan.
enrico letta Enrico Letta, former prime minister of Italy, is dean of the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po in Paris and founder of the Scuola di Politiche in Italy. He is also senior advisor at Eurasia Group. Mr. Letta is an expert on the political dealings of the E.U. and its navigation of the financial crisis. He entered politics in the 1990s and served in various roles, including minister for E.U. Affairs, commerce minister and undersecretary of state to the prime minister. He was prime minister from April 2013 to February 2014. Mr. Letta is the author of several books on international and economic affairs, with particular reference to E.U. enlargement. He received his doctorate in European Union law at the School for Advanced Studies “Sant’Anna” of Pisa.

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