9/11, 19 Years Later

It has been 19 years since 9/11. For me, it was pivotal moment of terror. For many others, once the initial paralyzing fear was gone, it was just a massive overreaction. And since then, a generation has emerged that has no memory of 9/11 and for whom it has little meaning. 9/11 was similar to Pearl Harbor. Both reminded Americans of their vulnerability, and both conjured images of national catastrophe. Both taught the lesson that danger and devastation might come at any moment without warning. The lesson of Pearl Harbor defined the Cold War. Pearl Harbor was a strike and defeat that came out of nowhere. So, too, a Soviet nuclear strike might come from nowhere. And thus, we swore never to stop watching, never to let our guard down, to always remember Pearl Harbor. When the Cold War was over, the prevailing view was, naturally, that we had won. The world was no longer filled with danger. The Single Integrated Operational Plan for nuclear war was replaced with the Single Integrated Global Market. U.S. power was unmatched and great-power war was a thing of the past. So it was time for the invited to go to Davos and make […]

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George Friedman

George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and strategist on international affairs and the founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures.

Dr. Friedman is also a New York Times bestselling author. His most recent book, THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM: America’s Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond, published February 25, 2020 describes how “the United States periodically reaches a point of crisis in which it appears to be at war with itself, yet after an extended period it reinvents itself, in a form both faithful to its founding and radically different from what it had been.” The decade 2020-2030 is such a period which will bring dramatic upheaval and reshaping of American government, foreign policy, economics, and culture.

His most popular book, The Next 100 Years, is kept alive by the prescience of its predictions. Other best-selling books include Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, The Next Decade, America’s Secret War, The Future of War and The Intelligence Edge. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Dr. Friedman has briefed numerous military and government organizations in the United States and overseas and appears regularly as an expert on international affairs, foreign policy and intelligence in major media. For almost 20 years before resigning in May 2015, Dr. Friedman was CEO and then chairman of Stratfor, a company he founded in 1996. Friedman received his bachelor’s degree from the City College of the City University of New York and holds a doctorate in government from Cornell University.