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Gideon Rachman
Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator at Financial Times


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 onevolume 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.

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  • Moving into 2020: Protectionism, populism and taxes


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