Gideon Rachman

Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times

The most important Europe-based foreign affairs correspondent.

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Biography

Gideon Rachman is chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times. Based in London, Gideon translates his extensive travels and his remarkable access to world leaders into an insider’s view of global events. He speaks authoritatively about economics, politics, and globalisation as they apply to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and more.

At the FT, Gideon writes a weekly column on international politics as well as feature articles. He has reported for the FT from all over the world. Before joining the FT in 2006, he worked for The Economist for 15 years in a range of jobs, including as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Bangkok and Washington and as business editor.

Gideon’s new book, Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century concentrates on how the growing wealth of Asia nations is transforming the international balance of power.

His previous book Zero-Sum World, about the future of international relations was published in the UK in late 2010. It was published under the title Zero-Sum Future in the US in 2011. The New York Times called it “perhaps the best one-volume account now available of the huge post-communist spread of personal freedom and economic prosperity.” The Independent called it “an important timely book that should be obligatory reading for all interested in what is happening beyond our shores.”

Rachman received the 2016 Orwell Prize for journalism, Britian’s most prestigious prize for political writing and the 2016 European Press Prize: Commentator Award. He was named as foreign-affairs commentator of the year in the UK Comment Awards for 2010. His columns continue to cover a wide range of global issues from the economics and politics of the euro-crisis, to US foreign policy and the rise of China.

He has also written for numerous other publications, including Foreign Policy, National Interest, The Washington Quarterly and Prospect magazines. He is a regular broadcaster for — amongst others — the BBC, CNN and NPR.

Rachman is also a regular public speaker before both academic and business audiences. He has spoken to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the Brookings Institution, the London School of Economics and the Royal Institute of International Affairs — as well as to Morgan Stanley, Omnicom, Pictet Bank, BBL Bank, Euroclear and many other business audiences.

Mr Rachman is a graduate in history from Caius College, Cambridge and has been a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson school in Princeton University.

Books

Easternisation

War and Peace in the Asian Century

Gideon Rachman

The West’s domination of world politics is coming to a close. The flow of wealth and power is turning from West to East and a new era of global instability has begun.

Easternisation is the defining trend of our age — the growing wealth of Asian nations is transforming the international balance of power. This shift to the East is shaping the lives of people all over the world, the fate of nations and the great questions of war and peace.

A troubled but rising China is now challenging America’s supremacy, and the ambitions of other Asian powers — including Japan, North Korea, India and Pakistan — have the potential to shake the whole world. Meanwhile the West is struggling with economic malaise and political populism, the Arab world is in turmoil and Russia longs to reclaim its status as a great power.

We are at a turning point in history: but Easternisation has many decades to run. Gideon Rachman offers a road map to the turbulent process that will define the international politics of the twenty-first century.

Bodley Head (4 Aug. 2016)

Excerpt

Thunder From the EastOPEN The Magazine

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East, West home is bestThe Economist

Praise

"A masterly account ... the best survey of global affairs I have read for some time … Rachman’s book offers a first-rate primer to the world in which we live."
— Jonathan Fenby, Sunday Times

"In his timely new book, Easternisation, Gideon Rachman articulates a clear and persuasive idea… [His] flair for rich anecdotes, clever writing, strong analysis and original insight are impressive… Easternisation hit, with a wide range of arguments and prognostications that scholars and policymakers must contemplate as we consider the coming Asian century."
— Kurt Campbell Financial Times

"Rachman’s theme takes him on a most interesting and stimulating tour du monde. His discussion of the impact of China’s rise on south-east Asia, contrary to the great majority of accounts, is subtle and nuanced… A most informative, readable and interesting piece of work that deserves a wide readership."
— Martin Jacques Guardian

"A brilliant and engrossing account of the emerging power struggles of the twenty-first century. Gideon Rachman is one of the few journalists with a truly global perspective. His access to world leaders from Beijing to Washington provides a unique perspective on international politics."
— Andrew Roberts

"A superb account… An absorbing and sobering study."
— Stephen Robinson Daily Telegraph

"We are witness in this very decade to one of the greatest geopolitical shifts in the global power balances … This tale has many chroniclers and numerous exponents, but by far the most insightful, sensible, and compelling is Easternisation. This really is one of those works where you can say you wished our political leaders would read and ponder upon its great implications." — Paul Kennedy

"[An] accomplished book."
— Shashank Joshi Prospect

"What this book is really about, and is very good at describing, is the growing impact of China on its neighbours, on the world"
— The Economist*

"[Rachman’s] fine primer provides a first-rate road map to the new reality."
Sunday Times

"The West is in decline, the East is on the rise. Like too few others, Gideon Rachman grasps this fundamental and over-arching reality of our time, without which we cannot understand either the present or the future … A highly readable and perceptive account of this irresistible truth."
— Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules The World

"Gideon Rachman has written a masterly account of what [the rise of Asia] means, providing the best survey of global affairs I have read for some time, neatly set out in 288 crisply written pages."
The Sunday Times

Zero-Sum World

Politics, Power and Prosperity After the Crash

Gideon Rachman

The economic crisis that struck the world in 2008 has drastically altered the logic of international relations. Globalisation no longer benefits all the world's superpowers and they face an array of global problems that are causing division between nations. A win-win world is giving way to a zero-sum world. Zero-sum logic, in which one country's gain looks like another's loss, has prevented the world from reaching an agreement to fight climate change and threatens to create a global economic stalemate. These new tensions are intensified by the emergence of dangerous political and economic problems that risk provoking wars, environmental catastrophe and ever-deeper debilitating economic crises. This timely and important book argues that international politics is about become much more volatile — and sets out what can be done to break away from the crippling logic of a zero-sum world.

Atlantic Books (1 Jun 2011)
Atlantic Books (1 Nov 2010)

Topics

Gideon tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.

International Political Tensions and the Threat to Global Business

International Relations

Flashpoints and opportunities: global politics and business

Can globalisation survive? Conflict, politics and international business

The global political situation

Videos

Keynote | CRF 5th International Conference

Zero-Sum World: power and prosperity in the age of anxiety

Feedback

A major investment group:
Dear Gideon — I apologise for taking two weeks before thanking you properly for your tremendous contribution towards the success of our recent conference in Amsterdam. I did, however, want to analyse the feedback, which, I am glad to report, was extremely positive. In fact your Keynote Address and subsequent interaction in the Q & A and the ‘break-out’ session, were rated the highest among all topics and speakers. We sincerely appreciate the time and care that you took to understand the format and to tailor your comments accordingly.

A privatley owned asset manager:
Dear Gideon — I wanted to thank you for your great contribution to our conference this year again. None of the discussions you had on stage with our other guest speakers would be worth without your insights. You are really making this conference a place to be for our clients. Although, we said this last year, it seems that the 2015 edition has again reached a new high. It seems that it is the best edition ever. Thank you so much, it has been a real pleasure to have you with us and we are looking forward to working with you again in 2016.

An innovative consulting firm:
Gideon did a great job, very well rec'd. Really appreciated him being there.

A financial services firm:
Thank you very much for speaking to the directors of our client investment trusts. I have had nothing but excellent feedback. You caught the mood of the group perfectly, and covered so much ground.

A real estate services organisation:
We very much enjoyed meeting you and found your presentation both stimulating and extremely relevant to many of the issues we debated throughout our conference.

We have received some extremely positive feedback from our clients already, so thank you so much for helping making our event so successful.

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