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Peter Zeihan

Peter Zeihan

Geopolitical Strategist Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic and security expert who explains implications for agriculture.

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  • Agriculture
  • Business Growth
  • Economy
  • Future
  • Geopolitics
  • Global Economics
  • Politics
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  • Economics
  • Politics
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  • 14 Years
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  • About

    Geopolitical Strategist Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic and security expert.

    Zeihan’s worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to a deep understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends, helping industry leaders navigate today’s complex mix of geopolitical risks and opportunities. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his irreverent approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types.

    In his career, Zeihan has ranged from working for the US State Department in Australia, to the DC think tank community, to helping develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Mr. Zeihan founded his own firm — Zeihan on Geopolitics — in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military.

    His freshman book, The Accidental Superpower, forecasts the coming collapse of the global order. It debuted in 2014.

    His newest project, The Absent Superpower, published in December 2016. It highlights what comes next.


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    Keynote | Educational | Technical

    Americans believe that their greatest days are behind them and that a series of new powers is rising up to displace them. On the contrary, America’s best days — militarily, economically, agriculturally, financially and culturally — are still ahead of them. In fact, many of the countries that the Americans feel are up-and-comers — most notably China, Russia and India — are merely experiencing a historical moment in the sun courtesy of factors utterly beyond their control. Most of the powers of tomorrow are countries that the Americans either have very little knowledge of. The major powers of 2030 will not based in Beijing or Moscow, but in Jakarta, Buenos Aires, Warsaw, Istanbul and Mexico City.

    This presentation addresses the general shape of the world to come. He will then examine a series of major global agricultural players, explaining how each one will rise or fall during the next decade.

    Keynote

    Modern agricultural patterns are the result of three largely unrelated factors: low-risk global trade, insatiable Asian demand, and unlimited cheap credit. Within the next five years, all three of these trends will not just evaporate, but invert. When that happens, the only thing that will hurt more than the gradual loss of demand will be the sudden collapse of supply. However, none of this impacts the American producer – it therefore will be the United States that will reap the benefits of its productivity and stability for decades to come.

    Keynote

    Bretton Woods is the cornerstone of the modern system. The concept of countries being able to buy and sell their wares openly on the international marketplace is inviolable. The freedom to sail one’s products around the world is a given. Everything from the transfer of money to the accessibility of energy is sacrosanct. All this and more is artificial. All this and more is about to end. What replaces it will either be wondrous or damning. Your outcome depends upon where you live.

     

    Keynote

    The growth of the Chinese economy has been exceptional. But as much as we all “know” that China is the country of the future, in reality the Chinese system is already breaking apart. Chinese “success” is based upon a financial structure that is cracking, a demographic moment that has nearly ended, and an international environment over which it has no influence. What follows will not end Chinese participation in the global system, but it will certainly end Beijing’s.

     

    Keynote | Educational | Technical

    Three pillars support modern China’s success: global trade, internal political unity, and easy money. With those three pillars, China has managed to shake 2000 years of war and occupation and remake itself as one of the world’s most powerful countries. Yet none of these three pillars can stand without American assistance, and that cooperation is ending. China’s “inevitable” rise isn’t simply over, it is about to go into screeching, unrelenting, dismembering reverse. But that’s hardly the end of history. When a country falls — particularly the world’s top manufacturing power — the ripples affect countries and industries near and far. Learn who benefits and who loses in a world without China.

    Keynote | Educational | Technical

    For decades the Middle East has been trapped in a simple, irresistible tension: the world needs the region’s oil, so the global superpower keeps the region locked in place. Within a very few short years, that lock will be removed, and the region’s politics will unravel explosively. What comes next will challenge every country in the region — many to the breaking point.

    Keynote | Educational | Technical

    The world of the future will feature reduced trade opportunities, more difficult access to energy and more challenging security concerns. But in one corner of the world exists a series of relationships that will stand the test of time. Southeast Asia will emerge as an echo of the free trade of times past, making it one of the very few parts of the world to survive more or less as we know it now, perhaps even with some surprises to the upside.

    Breakout | Educational | Technical

    Geopolitics is the study of how place impacts people — whether that impact be cultural, military, economic, political…or financial. Everything from how banks lend to how stocks are traded is heavily colored by where one lives, and understanding the unspoken — and often unacknowledged — rules of the game can prove critical to financial success. Zeihan explains how geography impacts the various regions differently, how this elevates some sectors while enervating others, and what sort of surprises — both good and bad — are about to burst onto the stage.

    Keynote | Educational | Technical

    Americans believe that their greatest days are behind them and that a series of new powers is rising up to displace them. On the contrary, America’s best days — militarily, economically, financially and culturally — are still ahead of them. In fact, many of the states that the Americans feel are up-and-comers — most notably China, Russia and India — are merely experiencing a historical moment in the sun courtesy of factors utterly beyond their control. Most of the powers of tomorrow are countries that the Americans either have very little knowledge of. The major powers of 2030 will not based in Beijing or Moscow, but in Jakarta, Buenos Aires, Warsaw, Istanbul and Mexico City.

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    “We had a great response from our group. They thought Peter was a fabulous speaker and very knowledgeable. He really tailored his presentation to the industry which is something you don't always get. We honestly could not have been more pleased with the session.”

    National Potato Council Planner
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    “We had Peter speak at our national association meeting on three occasions. He was the top rated presenter on all occasions. Based on his performance and the reception by our members, we have added him to the faculty of our executive development program. He is a dynamic and engaging speaker with a unique perspective and insight into global economics and geopolitical issues.”

    Association of Agricultural Production Executives Planner
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    “Peter Zeihan was the hit of our 2015 annual conference. His presentation was insightful and relevant to our attendees, most of whom are leaders within Minnesota's agriculture and food sector. Peter's perspectives on geopolitics as it relates to our sector captivated the audience; his presentation helped make an often complicated and complex subject matter understandable to our attendees.”

    Minnesota AgriGrowth Council Planner
We had a great response from our group. They thought Peter was a fabulous speaker and very knowledgeable. He really tailored his presentation to the industry which is something you don't always get. We honestly could not have been more pleased with the session.
National Potato Council Planner