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John Hulsman

Milan, Italy

Senior Columnist at City AM, the newspaper of the City of London

Leading expert on the political economy of the EU, US, Emerging Markets, and Asia

One of the world's leading war game facilitators

Dr John Hulsman is a former Washington DC insider now based in Europe, where he runs a leading political risk consulting firm (www.john-hulsman.com) 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 one of the a widely read Senior Columnist for City AM, the newspaper of the city of London, writing prolifically on foreign affairs and political risk. His articles can be found here: http://www.cityam.com/profile/john-hulsman.

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

Our Comment

"A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, John is a vital bridge thinker. He is a Washington insider who speaks ‘fluent European’ and, almost uniquely, an analyst who has mastered both political and economic briefs, and the seminal links between them. A prolific writer and broadcaster, he is a leading expert on global political risk issues and a natural performer."


To Dare More Boldly

Our baffling new multipolar world grows ever more complex, desperately calling for new ways of thinking, particularly when it comes to political risk. To Dare More Boldly provides those ways, telling the story of the rise of political risk analysis, both as a discipline and a lucrative high-stakes industry that guides the strategic decisions of corporations and governments around the world. It assesses why recent predictions have gone so wrong and boldly puts forward ten analytical commandments that can stand the test of time.


To Begin the World Over Again: Lawrence of Arabia from Damascus to Baghdad

By weaving together a gripping narrative of Lawrence’s Middle East adventures and highlighting his surprisingly astute political thinking, John Hulsman teases out this and many other lessons to be learned from Lawrence about the Arab world.


The Godfather Doctrine

The Godfather Doctrine draws clear and essential lessons from perhaps the greatest Hollywood movie ever made to illustrate America’s changing geopolitical place in the world and how our country can best meet the momentous strategic challenges it faces.


Ethical Realism

America today faces a world more complicated than ever before, but our politicians have failed to envision a foreign policy that addresses our greatest threats. Ethical Realism shows how the United States can successfully combine genuine morality with tough and practical common sense. By outlining core principles and a set of concrete proposals for tackling the terrorist threat and contend with Iran, Russia, the Middle East, and China, Anatol Lieven and John Hulsman show us how to strengthen our security, pursue our national interests, and restore American leadership in the world.

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