Jamie Metzl

  • Expert on Asia, Geopolitics & Biotechnology Policy
  • Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; Novelist & Syndicated Columnist
  • Former Executive Vice President, Asia Society; Deputy Staff Director, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Director for Multilateral Affairs, National Security Council
  • Regular commentator for CNN & Bloomberg

More than an electrifying speaker, Jamie Metzl is a trusted and sought-after expert on the ever-evolving global landscape. Having spoken around the world and at major companies from Walmart to Google on the geopolitical outlook, how a rising China is transforming the world as we know it, and the latest advances in biotechnology, Metzl is praised as “a fantastic authority” (HSBC) and “an absolute tour de force” (Network 20/20), guaranteed to leave your audience engaged and more deeply informed.  A current Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, Metzl is frequently in-demand by major outlets such as CNN and Bloomberg for his sharp, dynamic analysis on the most pressing foreign policy issues and expertise on Asia’s economy and politics.

Having served in high level positions in the White House, State Department, and Senate, as well as run a major international affairs organization, Metzl draws from his cutting edge experience in both the public and private sector to provide transformative insights and actionable takeaways for every audience. Whether shedding light on what Asia’s economic growth means for the global geopolitical outlook and how businesses can best prepare, or diving into the future of the genetics revolution and the impacts that should be on company’s radars, Metzl’s researched-based, thought-provoking talks leave individuals and organizations equipped to keep up with changing times.

 
  

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Rave Reviews About Jamie Metzl
Jamie is a fantastic authority and resource on all things related to China. I hired Jamie as a panelist and keynote speaker in 2016 after hearing Jamie speak at an Atlantic Council event. He was extremely knowledgeable, flexible and a pleasure to work with on our event programming. I was particularly impressed by Jamie's presence and command of the topics and his ability to engage with the audience in a meaningful way. Throughout our preparation, Jamie was always accessible and provided constructive ways to improve our program. Jamie is at the top of my list for my speaking engagement needs.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Jamie Metzl
  • JP Morgan Private Wealth
  • AJC Asia Pacific Institute
  • Walmart
  • Google
  • HSBC - Global China Conference
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • Stanford University
  • Harvard Law School
  • Atlantic Council
  • Network 20/20
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Global Geopolitics in an Age of Trump

The "America First" foreign policy of the Trump administration is hastening the demise of the post-War international system that was already in a state of crisis. But how will global peace, security, and stability be maintained in a world that has become dependent on American internationalism? In th ...

The "America First" foreign policy of the Trump administration is hastening the demise of the post-War international system that was already in a state of crisis. But how will global peace, security, and stability be maintained in a world that has become dependent on American internationalism? In this talk spanning five hundred years of history, Jamie Metzl explores how our world today is structured in response to the destruction of the two World Wars and what it will mean to return to a world defined by strong states in a balance of power system. As the post-War era draws to a close, the ghosts of history are returning with a vengeance -- with the world order, the global economic system, and the military balance hanging in the balance. The coming world disorder will create enormous challenges for companies and other organizations but even greater opportunities those who understand and prepare for what is coming.

Rising China and the Shifting Geopolitics of Asia

Fast-rising China is not just changing Asia, it is fundamentally transforming the global order. China’s economic growth, military expansion, behavior in the South and East China Seas, growing presence around the world, and increasingly emboldened foreign policy present a growing challenge to the US- ...

Fast-rising China is not just changing Asia, it is fundamentally transforming the global order. China’s economic growth, military expansion, behavior in the South and East China Seas, growing presence around the world, and increasingly emboldened foreign policy present a growing challenge to the US-led global system created in the aftermath of the Second World War. With America less able to serve as guarantor of the international system, and Europe incapable of realizing a coordinated foreign policy strategy and unwilling to invest sufficiently in military readiness, efforts to address major crises, promote a single set of rules governing the global economy, and support human rights around the world are faltering. But with China's investment and manufacturing-based growth strategy losing steam, China itself will need to find a new model if it is to avoid stagnation. Living in a post-American world will have enormous consequences and touch every aspect of our lives. In this exciting talk, Metzl gives explores the key drivers of our fundamentally transforming world, what it will mean for global politics, economics, and culture, and how businesses and other organizations can best prepare.

What You Need to Know About Asia in One Hour and One Slide

Asia’s rapid rise is reversing a current of westernized globalization that has flown for five hundred years. Understanding how Asia is transforming itself and the world is no longer just a matter of curiosity for outsiders, it is essential to making smart decisions. In this wide-ranging talk spannin ...

Asia’s rapid rise is reversing a current of westernized globalization that has flown for five hundred years. Understanding how Asia is transforming itself and the world is no longer just a matter of curiosity for outsiders, it is essential to making smart decisions. In this wide-ranging talk spanning thousands of years and multiple cultures, Asia expert Metzl draws on history, culture, science, technology, and politics to explain the background, drivers, and implications of Asia’s rise.

Homo Sapiens 2.0: Genetic Enhancement, Life Extension, and How to Prepare for the Future of Humanity

After four billion years of evolution through the Darwinian principles of random mutation and natural selection, our species is about to take control of our evolution. The genetic revolution will allow us to eliminate genetic diseases which have plagued our ancestors for millennia, live longer healt ...

After four billion years of evolution through the Darwinian principles of random mutation and natural selection, our species is about to take control of our evolution. The genetic revolution will allow us to eliminate genetic diseases which have plagued our ancestors for millennia, live longer healthier lives, and transform how we make babies and ultimately the nature of the babies we make. The genetics revolution will be the greatest opportunity of our era, and also the greatest challenge. A rare combination of technology expert and science fiction writer, Jamie brings the science to life and explains what people and companies can and should be doing now to prepare for this revolutionary future that will fundamentally reorganize modern societies and have monumental business implications.

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Can China Avoid Economic Crisis? With China's investment and manufacturing-based growth strategy losing steam, the country will need to find a new model if it is to avoid stagnation or even economic crisis. China's leaders have excellent plans for this transition, but major questions remain about wh ...

Can China Avoid Economic Crisis?

With China's investment and manufacturing-based growth strategy losing steam, the country will need to find a new model if it is to avoid stagnation or even economic crisis. China's leaders have excellent plans for this transition, but major questions remain about whether they can realize these plans under the constraints of their current political system. Asia and foreign relations expert Jamie Metzl discusses the bubbles, bottlenecks and problems facing the Chinese economy, China's impact on American and global trade, and the world implications of a sputtering Chinese economy.

Hacking immortality: The science and science fiction of extreme human life extension

In this exciting talk, Jamie Metzl explores the latest technological breakthroughs in the science of human life extension and their implications on the personal and societal levels. While the quest for immortality has been the stuff of fairy tales, the new science of life extension is very real and will soon be pushing the limits of aging and unlocking human potential. Jamie, a rare combination of science expert and science fiction writer, brings the science to life and explains what people can and should be doing now to prepare for this revolutionary future that will fundamentally reorganize modern societies and have monumental implications for businesses and other organizations.

Are We on the Verge of a Genetic Arms Race?

The revolution in human genetic engineering that will make it possible for us to manage our evolutionary process for the first time in our species’ history is already underway. In laboratories and clinics around the world, gene therapies are being successfully tested to treat a range of diseases including immune deficiency, hemophilia and cancer; fetuses are being genetically screened to optimize the in vitro fertilization process. This miraculous progress is only a first step. Although we will soon eliminate many diseases which have victimized humans for hundreds of thousands of years, the same already existing technologies can and will be used to alter our genes and design our babies to make them smarter, stronger, and more robust.
The prospect of genetic engineering will be exciting to some, frightening to others, and challenging for all. It will also raise critical issues likely to lead to major conflict both within societies and globally if not adequately addressed. But while the science of human genetic engineering is charging forward at an exponential rate, the global policy framework to ensure this scientific progress does not lead to global conflict barely exists at all. In this talk, Metzl explores the global national security implications of the human genetics revolution and what can be done to try to avoid dangerous conflict.

Human Resource Management in a Genetic Age

Corporations have struggled for decades to build open and inclusive workplaces comfortable to people of all races, nationalities, genders, ages, and sexual orientations. In the fast-arriving genetic age, companies will need to figure out such issues as whether to cover embryo selection and embryonic genetic engineering for employees and how to deal with genetic IQ estimates derived before birth from the sequenced genomes of potential employees. While this may seem like science fiction, the beginnings of this future are already here. Today’s debate about whether or not companies should cover egg freezing expenses for female employees is only a first step in a genome-based transformation that will alter our perception of workforce capabilities and potentials and challenge even the most forward-thinking of corporations.

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<p>Jamie Metzl sought-out for sharp analysis on Asia </p>

Jamie Metzl sought-out for sharp analysis on Asia 

As the North Korea crisis unfolds by the day and the likelihood of a US-China trade war increases, Asia expert, former White House official, and regular CNN contributor Jamie Metzl is uniquely qualified to shed light on these crucial situations, providing sharp analysis on what individuals, businesses and organizations can expect. Having just penned a powerful and informative editorial for CNN entitled “12 things Trump should know about North Korea,” delivered a keynote at China’s most important gathering on North Korea, and spoken at HSBC’s China Forums in both New York and San Francisco, Metzl is highly in-demand for his shrewd insights on the impacts of what’s happening in Asia. What would a fully nuclear armed North Korea mean for the United States, Asia, and the world? What should the world expect from China’s critical party congress at the end of this year? Drawing on his extensive experience advising both the North and South Korean governments, serving as director on the U.S. National Security Council, and recently engaging in extensive consultation with experts on the China-North Korea border, Metzl is able to answer all of these questions and more. In his inside view, tour de force talks, he explains the North Korea crisis, the often conflicting interests of Asia’s key players, the options going forward, and the implications of all of this for the region and world.

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<p>Jamie Metzl on the Trump administration's latest foreign policy and ethical lapses.</p>

Jamie Metzl on the Trump administration's latest foreign policy and ethical lapses.

The news media plays an absolutely essential role in our democracy and society and it is simply not acceptable for any US president to call the media the "enemy of the people." Events like the recent Trump-inspired chanting of "CNN sucks" inspired me to share with you, proudly, my recent CNN interviews on the administration's dangerous foreign policy and ethical lapses.

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<p>Is Trump conducting foreign relations via Twitter?</p>

Is Trump conducting foreign relations via Twitter?

A Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and former Senior Advisor in the State Department in the Clinton Administration, Jamie Metzl brings his decades worth of experience and insights on Asia to the subject of President-Elect Trump's possible affront to China. Jamie offers important points to the discussion in this Bloomberg segment.

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<p>Homo Sapiens 2.0?  Jamie Metzl, Senior Fellow for Technology and National Security at the Atlantic Council, calls for a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement.</p>

Homo Sapiens 2.0?  Jamie Metzl, Senior Fellow for Technology and National Security at the Atlantic Council, calls for a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement.

With the science of genetic human enhancement moving forward exponentially, we will have big social problems if an inclusive public conversation does not accompany this miraculous technological advancement. 

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Jamie Metzl is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, novelist, blogger, syndicated columnist, media commentator, and expert in Asian affairs and biotechnology policy. He previously served as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society, Deputy Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senior Coordinator for International Public Information at the U.S. State Department, Director for Multilateral Affairs on the National Security Council, and as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations in Cambodia. He is a former Partner and current Advisory Board member of a New York-based global investment firm and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District in Kansas City in 2004. He has served as an election monitor in Afghanistan and the Philippines, advised the government of North Korea on the establishment of Special Economic Zones, and is the Honorary Ambassador to North America of the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy.

Jamie appears regularly on national and international media discussing Asian economic and political issues and his syndicated columns and other writing on Asian affairs, genetics, virtual reality, and other topics is featured regularly in publications around the world. He has testified before Congress outlining emergency preparedness recommendations after 9-11 and on the national security implication of the biotechnology and genomics revolutions. Jamie is the author of A History of the Cambodian Genocide and the novel The Depths of the Sea, both published by St. Martin’s Press, as well as of the novel Genesis Code, published by Arcade in November 2014, which deals with issues of human genetic enhancement in the context of a future US-China rivalry. His new novel, Eternal Sonata, will be published by Arcade in Fall 2016.

A founder and Co-Chair of the national security organization Partnership for a Secure America, Jamie is a board member of the International Center for Transitional Justice and the American University in Mongolia, a member of the Advisory Board of theBrandeis International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life and 92Y's Center for Innovation and Social Impact, and a former board member of Park University and of the Jewish refugee agency HIAS. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a former White House Fellow and Aspen Institute Crown Fellow. Jamie holds a Ph.D. in Asian history from Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University.  He has completed twelve Ironman triathlons, twenty-eight marathons, and nine ultramarathons.

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