Geopolitical Recession & Ruthless Leadership (with Ian Bremmer & Rahm Emanuel)

Show Notes

On this week’s special episode of Stay Tuned, Preet is joined by two guests.

Ian Bremmer, the president and founder of Eurasia Group, a political risk consulting firm, and GZERO Media, helps us break down the global and domestic threats posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Rahm Emanuel served as Mayor of Chicago from 2011 to 2019, overseeing the city’s passage of universal pre-kindergarten, its ongoing struggle with crime and police brutality, and its rapid expansion of public-private partnerships. A Chicago native, Emanuel has been a mainstay in Democratic politics since the 1980s, working as a top advisor to President Clinton for the majority of his presidency, holding a seat in the House of Representatives during the George W. Bush administration, and serving as Chief of Staff for President Obama in the first year of his administration. Last month, Emanuel published The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running the World, an examination of the increasing importance of local leaders amid the dysfunction of the federal government.

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  • Ian Bremmer & Cliff Kupchan, Eurasia Group’s Top Risks 2020: Coronavirus Edition3/19/20
  • Ian Bremmer, “We Are In a Geopolitical Recession. That’s a Bad Time for the Global Coronavirus Crisis,” TIME, 3/13/20
  • Eurasia Group’s Top Risks for 2020, published 1/6/20
  • Ian Bremmer, “The Fate of the World in 2020,” Stay Tuned, 1/30/20
  • Ian Bremmer, “The Fate of the World in 2019,” Stay Tuned, 1/10/19
  • Maggie Haberman and Noah Weiland, “Inside the Coronavirus Response: A Case Study in the White House Under Trump,” New York Times, 3/16/20
  • Ishaan Tharoor, “South Korea’s coronavirus success story underscores how the U.S. initially failed,” Washington Post, 3/17/20
  • Scott Neuman, Emily Feng, Huo Jingnan, China To Investigate After Whistleblower Doctor Dies From Coronavirus,” National Public Radio, 2/7/20
  • Shannon Liao, “Chinese billionaire Jack Ma says he will donate one million face masks and 500,000 coronavirus testing kits to the US,” CNN, 3/14/20
  • Abby Vesoulis, “Will the Coronavirus Outbreak Turn Andrew Yang’s Dream into a Reality?,” TIME, 3/17/20
  • The Trolley Problem, “Would you sacrifice one person to save five?,” TED-Ed, 1/12/17


  • Rahm Emanuel, The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running the World, Knopf, 2/25/2020
  • Lizzie Widdicombe, “Emanuel in Full,” New Yorker, 11/18/2008

Handling a crisis

  • “Member of Obama’s Cabinet Announces More Help for Flint,” Detroit Free Press2/26/2016
  • “Congress Approves $15 Billion Airline Bailout,” CNN, 9/22/2001

Shift to Cities

  • “Emanuel Expands Universal Preschool Plan as Mayoral Clock Winds Down,” Chicago Tribune, 3/21/2019
  • “Chicago’s $8.7 Billion O’Hare Airport Expansion Underway,” Associated Press, 3/20/2019
  • Rahm Emanuel, “If Donald Trump Won’t Tackle Climate Change, Then Chicago Will,” Guardian, 8/27/2017
  • “16 Shots: The Police Shooting of Laquan McDonald,” NPR Podcasts/WBEZ Chicago, 2018
  • “Emanuel Expands Universal Preschool Plan as Mayoral Clock Winds Down,” Chicago Tribune, 3/21/2019


  • “Rahm Emanuel, Pitbull Politician,” CNN Money, 9/26/2006
  • Peter Baker, “The Limits of Rahmism,” New York Times Magazine, 3/8/2010
  • “LBJ and Richard Russell on Vietnam,” UVA Miller Center, 5/27/1964
  • John Dickerson, “A ‘90s-Style Government Shutdown,” Slate Whistlestop, 1/16/2019
  • W. James Antle III, “How ‘Democrats Fall in Love, Republicans Fall in Line’ Got Flipped Upside Down,” The Week, 6/19/2019

2016 and 2020 Elections

  • W. James Antle III, “How ‘Democrats Fall in Love, Republicans Fall in Line’ Got Flipped Upside Down,” The Week, 6/19/2019
  • Thomas E. Patterson, “News Coverage of the 2016 General Election: How the Press Failed the Voters,” Shorenstein Center, 12/7/2016

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