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John Hulsman
Geopolitical Expert & Life Member at U.S. Council On Foreign Relations


Dr John Hulsman is a former Washington DC insider now based in Europe, where he runs a leading political risk consulting firm ( concentrating on game-changing foreign and macro-economic policy issues for business, investors and governments alike.

An outstanding and practiced speaker, John has given more than 1,310 high level briefings at the invitation of the US Department of State, the Pentagon, the National Security Council, the CIA, the House International Relations Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and governments around the world. John is also a widely read Senior Columnist at CityAM, the newspaper of the city of London, writing prolifically on foreign affairs and political risk. His articles can be found here:

Building on his Washington experience, he is a cutting-edge facilitator of war games, a powerful analytical tool. These are simulated exercises played by well-briefed individuals to test assumptions and illuminate a range of likely foreign policy outcomes that will constitute the real world conditions that must be mastered in the times ahead. John has designed, played and facilitated over 100 war games for blue chip private sector banking and hedge fund clients as well as governments around the world.

Previously, John has served as Senior Research Fellow in think tanks in Washington, Germany and Holland. A life member of the US Council on Foreign Relations, the pre-eminent global foreign policy institution, he has written over 720 articles, participated in over 1540 interviews, and given over 530 speeches on foreign affairs topics around the world. His last four books (“To Dare More Boldly: The Audacious Story of Political Risk”, “To Begin the World Over Again,” a biography of Lawrence of Arabia, “The Godfather Doctrine,” and “Ethical Realism”) have all been international best sellers

Agenda Sessions

  • Slowbalisation?

  • Quant Challenge: Geopolitical war game