Strategic Risk Management: Threats and Opportunities in Global Politics

25 (Wed) & 26 (Thu) October, 2017. GLOBIS Tokyo Campus
GLOBIS is pleased to offer a two-day Executive Education program with Eurasia Group and its panel of leading experts including Ian Bremmer, Takashi Mitachi and Alexander Kazan.

This program offers an assessment of the global political environment and the basis for determining how economic and financial elements influence stability at the geopolitical and country levels. It is targeted at business executives (senior managers and above) and it also offers a excellent chance to network with other executives.

Course Overview

Changes in the global political environment, as we have seen in the US presidential transition and Brexit, can have sudden and massive impacts on businesses. Today, more than ever, effective action in the global marketplace demands an acute and educated understanding of the political risk and its impacts. Business leaders and their organizations need a plan for managing political risk exposure, asset allocation, and market entry in frontier and emerging economies in order to survive and thrive.

Topics Covered

✔ Understanding geopolitical risk and examining the risk landscape for the year ahead.
✔ Tools and frameworks for a theoretical and multi-disciplinary foundation for political risk analysis.
✔ Incorporating political risk analysis for strategic planning.
✔ Forecasting geopolitical scenarios in developed and emerging economies.

Course Details

Dates : 25 (Wed) & 26 (Thu) October 2017
Location : GLOBIS University, Tokyo Campus
Fee :
 Special price : 300,000 JPY incl. tax* (if you register after 26 July 2017)
Reference : Course at New York University is offered at $3,980 (437,800 JPY @ 110 JPY/USD. Price as of Feb 2017)
* Course Fee includes course materials, simultaneous interpretation, and aforementioned meals
Language : English (Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available)
Qualification : Senior Manager and above**
** Please feel free to contact us if you do not satisfy the above qualification
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Schedule and Curriculum

Date and Time Topic
25 Oct
Session 1
 Introduction to political risk
 Ian Bremmer
Session 2
 Assessing political risk
 Alexander Kazan
18:30-21:00  Networking dinner
26 Oct
Session 3
 Politics and risk management
 Takashi Mitachi
12:00-13:30  Networking lunch
Session 4
 The future of the world order
 Alexander Kazan
Please note that there might be slight changes to the program schedule and curriculum.

Ian Bremmer

Ian Bremmer
Eurasia Group
Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group.. He is a prolific thought leader and author on the intersection between politics and markets. Professor Bremmer is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at large for Time Magazine. He is also a regular columnist for the Financial Times A-List and has written hundreds of articles for many leading publications. He appears regularly on CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, CNN, the BBC, and other networks. Dubbed the "rising guru" in the field of political risk by the Economist, he teaches classes on the discipline as a global research professor at New York University.

Professor Bremmer has published nine books, including the national bestsellers Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World and The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? His latest book, Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World, hit the shelves in May 2015.

Professor Bremmer earned a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University in 1994 and was the youngest-ever national fellow at the Hoover Institution. In 2007, Professor Bremmer was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, where he is the founding chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk. He is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and serves on the President's Council of the Near East.

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Takashi Mitachi

Boston Consulting Group
Senior Partner & Managing Director
Takashi Mitachi is currently a Senior Partner & Managing Director and was a Co-Chairman of the Japan office (2005-2015) and a member of BCG’s Worldwide Executive Committee (2006-2013). Prior to joining BCG in 1993, he worked for JAL for 14 years. He has been the Vice Chairman of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives and the Chairman of its Committee for Tourism Development Strategy, a board member for the Japan Association of the United Nations World Food Programme, and an adjunct professor at Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University.

He is also the author of books such as "The BCG Way - The Art of Strategic Insight" (translated and available in China and Korea), "Being Able to Apply", "Auxiliary Lines for Management Thinking" and "Times of changes and abilities to change; auxiliary lines for management thinking 2".

Mr Mitachi holds a Master of Business Administration with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from the University of Kyoto.

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Alexander Kazan

Alex Kazan
Eurasia Group
Managing Director, Emerging Markets Strategy and Comparative Analytics
Alexander Kazan is Eurasia Group's lead emerging markets strategist and also directs the firm's comparative research, including quantitative approaches to political risk. Alex led the development of Eurasia Group's Political Risk Country Portfolio, a systematic comparative framework for analyzing the market pricing of political risk across emerging markets. He also directs the firm's collaboration with Nikko Asset Management to develop investment products formally incorporating political risk in portfolio construction and risk management.

Before joining Eurasia Group, Alex worked as a market strategist at Goldman Sachs, Daiwa Asset Management, and Bear Stearns. Earlier in his career, he worked at the G7 Group, an economic and policy research consultancy, and the Inter-American Development Bank. He holds degrees from the University of California, Davis, and Georgetown University. Alex was born in San Francisco and now lives in New York. While Alex once travelled widely, he now spends his downtime playing with his two sons, attempting to build furniture, and making bathtub gin

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.Why must I learn geopolitics and political risk?

Takashi Mitachi wrote in his Japanese book "The Century of Geopolitics" (co-authored with Ian Bremmer), "Even after you have thoroughly analyzed your competitors and customers, built a great business strategy and put it into practice, incidents such as regional conflicts and economic sanctions can cause sudden disruptions to your businesses. These incidents are happening more frequently than ever before".

Geopolitics is an essential knowledge that all modern business leaders must have.

Q.What are the differences between this course and other seminars about political risk?

In seminars, speakers usually discuss about the hottest geopolitical topics occuring at that time and offer additional insights from their own expertise. However in this course, we focus on the following two points:

· Study the methodologies to incorporate political risk into daily business operations and making management decisions.
· Answer the fundamental questions of why and when risk analyses are necessary in the first place

In other words, participants of this course will not only learn the latest perspective on political risk, but also acquire practical skills to analyze and deal with political risk in the business context.

Q.What kinds of tools and frameworks will I learn?

Below are some of the examples that you will learn.

The J-curve
“Fat-tails” and downside risk
A political risk toolkit
Levels—Global Political Risk Index Assess levels of political stability.
Forecasts—Political Trajectories Forecast changes in political risk and estimate the impact on the business environment.
Resiliency/ Vulnerability—Political
Evaluate the ability of governments to manage economic shocks and market pressures.
Empirical work—Asset pricing models Model how political risk is reflected by financial markets across different asset classes.
Measuring and defining political capacity
Assessing the future of innovation
Human capital Conducive macroeconomic framework
Entreprenuership Public sector investment
Financing access  
【Questions about course delivery】 Q.Are the classes interactive? Are there groupworks?

The classes will be held in an interactive lecture format. Participants should feel free to ask questions at any time. There will be some groupworks and we will organize groups based on those who speak English and those who speak Japanese.

Q.Are there assignments or readings before the course?

We will distribute some brief reading materials via email about one week before the program. The work load will be no more than 1-2 hours in total. There is no assignment.

Q.Will I receive a certificate?

Participants will receive a certificate of completion if they have attended at least 3 out of the 4 sessions.

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