Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, is one of the smartest guys I know. That's why I pay close attention to what he says. And what he is saying right now is not just surprising; it is scary.
He just released a report called the Top 9 Risks of 2008. Because the Eurasia Group is a political risk advisory and consulting firm, some of the items on the list are not at all surprising. What is surprising, however, is that he now considers the United States the #1 risk on his list. Bremmer argues that America's influence is on the wane. The risk is that the country will disengage from the world, erect barriers to trade, and make immigration more difficult. In short, the U.S. is losing both the political will and capital to lead the world. Go to Eurasia Group to learn more.