Gideon Rachman

Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times

Speaker Themes

  • International politics
  • Globalisation
  • Global economics
  • Brexit
  • US foreign policy
  • The rise of Asia
  • The future of Europe
  • Globalisation

Travels from

London, UK


Gideon Rachman is chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times. Based in London, he translates his extensive travels and remarkable access to world leaders into an insider’s view of global events. He speaks authoritatively about the geopolitics and economics of Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and more.

Gideon’s weekly FT column on international politics is renowned for its penetrating and timely analysis of global affairs. He also writes regular features for the paper. Before joining the FT in 2006, Gideon worked for The Economist for 15 years in a range of roles, including as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Bangkok and Washington, and as business editor.

Gideon’s most recent book, Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century(2016), concentrates on how the growing wealth of Asia nations is transforming the international balance of power.

His previous book, Zero-Sum World(2010) examined the changing dynamics of international relations. It was published under the title Zero-Sum Future in the US in 2011. The New York Times called it “perhaps the best one-volume 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.”

Gideon received the 2016 Orwell Prize for journalism, Britain’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. 

He has also written for numerous other publications, including Foreign PolicyNational InterestThe Washington Quarterly and Prospect magazines. He is a regular broadcaster for — amongst others — the BBC, CNN and NPR.


In his speeches, Gideon delivers his expert analysis of global affairs with his customary clarity and wit.

He’s a perfect choice for audiences looking to understand the trajectory of global affairs, and the risks and opportunities.

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