- Inman explores each region of the world and discusses which countries provide key opportunities and risks for U.S. businesses.
- Investment prospects are good for parts of Asia and Africa, in particular. Europe is less promising.
- Suppressing ISIS hinges on forming coalitions that move, Inman says.
“We’re at a point where boundaries put in place after World War I may be about to be undone permanently,” says Admiral Bobby Inman.
Inman, former director of the NSA, deputy director of Central Intelligence, and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, describes how the current political climate in Iraq and Syria, together with the rise of ISIS, is affecting U.S. economic expansion around the world.
“Whether Iraq can stay together as a country is a big question mark,” he continues, and when it comes to President Putin, who will likely remain in power until at least 2024, his primary motivation with regard to Syria is not to hold up Bashar al-Assad (as media reports have incorrectly assumed), but rather it’s the more than 2000 Chechens fighting with ISIS, he says.
“[Putin] concluded he would rather fight them in Syria and Iraq than back in Russia,” Inman clarifies.
Inman explains that key disrupters to watch for include strife, the digital transformation, uncertainty, fluctuating commodity prices, and diverging paths of central banks. In the video below, he examines how each of these elements is affecting U.S. business opportunities from Chile to Ghana and describes the roles regulation, data security, and climate change will play in the global marketplace.