Real-time updates on the world’s most pressing geopolitical events.

Brief: Russia and Japan Jostle Over the Kurils

Background: Russia and Japan have jockeyed for power in the northwestern...

Brief: Havana’s Rare Concession to Protesters

Background: For Washington, Cuba’s proximity to the United States and location...

– Holiday Special –
The World Explained in Maps

FREE with your subscription to Geopolitical Futures

 


Daily Memo
What's Geopolitically Important Today

Daily Memo: US Tariffs on Chinese Goods, Russian Weapons in the Kurils

U.S. tariffs. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said Tuesday that he won’t quickly do away...

What We're Reading

Continue to the category

What We’re Reading: Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World By Fareed Zakaria “Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World” by...

What We’re Reading: Acts of Heroism

Medal of Honor Directed by James Moll The Medal of Honor is the highest and most...

The Utility and Morality of Assassination

FREE
The head of the Iranian nuclear weapons program was killed Friday near Tehran. The...

Bahrain’s Shiite-Sunni Apartheid

Like many other countries of the Middle East, Bahrain has been repeatedly conquered by...

Featured Analysis

The Geopolitics of Vaccine Distribution

FREE
The American pharmaceutical firm Pfizer, in collaboration with German firm BioNTech, surprised the world when it announced that its coronavirus vaccine showed 90 percent...

China Stares Down a Financial Reckoning

FREE
One has to wonder what Jack Ma was thinking when, in a speech in...

When COVID-19 Hits Home

In Russia, the country I call home, COVID-19 cases are increasing. The number of...

The Limits of Syrian Kurdish Self-Determination

The creation of the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq in 1992 had a...

Europe’s Ghost of Summers Past

On July 21, European Council President Charles Michel sent out a one-word tweet that...

The World’s Largest Trade Pact

FREE
(click to enlarge) Judging solely by its headline figures, the newly inked 15-member Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) – by most metrics the world’s largest...

US Sanctions on Iran in 2020

FREE
(click to enlarge) As a part of the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran, the U.S. government has imposed new sanctions on Iran throughout...

India and Pakistan’s Tug of War Over Kashmir

FREE
(click to enlarge) India-Pakistan tensions over Kashmir stretch back to partition in 1948. In many ways, the historical pattern shows an evolution toward a “frozen”...

Happy Birthday to Geopolitical Futures

On Dec. 2, 2015, Geopolitical Futures issued its first publication. That was its birth. Its conception took place months before, in September 2015, in...
George Friedman’s new book:
The Storm Before the Calm

The Storm before the Calm“Who will win the acrimonious 2020 presidential election? Shockingly, it won’t actually matter that much, argues renowned geopolitical forecaster George Friedman. America, he contends, is governed less by leaders and legislation and more by cyclical forces that work deep within the nation’s unique structure.”
Lone Star Literary Life

Free Special Report

China 2020: Economics, Pandemics, Military and Trade

Learn how the challenges China has gone through could be predicted and how its leader, President Xi Jinping, is constrained by reality. Sign up today and receive this Special Report and join our newsletter

Latest Video

Latest Podcasts

Regional Directory

Forecasts

The World in 2020

The Road to 2040

We look into the future and forecast what the world…

The World in 2019

One era is ending and another will soon begin.

Read our annual or long term forecasts.

Media / Interviews

RealClearWorld: China Stares Down a Financial Reckoning

FREE
In China, financial regulators need to tread carefully when implementing new de-risking measures. Move too fast, and the private sector may face a credit...

Index: Magyarország nem Oszt, nem Szoroz, az Európaiak Gyerekesek

FREE
Ezek az országok számítanak nekünk, Magyarország viszont nem akart részt venni ebben a konzorciumban – mondta az Indexnek adott interjúban George Friedman. Full story

Bloomberg Markets: Biden Has to Take Tough Position on China, Friedman Says

FREE
George Friedman, Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, discusses the challenges President-elect Joe Biden is expected to face once he takes office. Full interview

Trending Content

Bahrain’s Shiite-Sunni Apartheid

Like many other countries of the Middle East, Bahrain has been repeatedly conquered by foreign invaders, including the Abbasids, Jarwinids, Omanis, Persians and Portuguese....

Special Report:

The Geopolitics of Donald Trump

“There are those who regard Donald Trump as too stupid to make decisions. There are others who regard him as a brilliant if instinctive crafter of policy. What we know of him is this. "

Free Special Report

China 2020: Economics, Pandemics, Military and Trade

Learn how the challenges China has gone through could be predicted and how its leader, President Xi Jinping, is constrained by reality. Sign up today and receive this Special Report and join our newsletter.

Sign up for our free newsletter

Free Special Report


The World Explained in Maps

FREE with an annual subscription to Geopolitical Futures.

Subscribe Now