Cole Altom

Cole Altom is the managing editor at Geopolitical Futures. He oversees the publishing department, which curates the website, develops Geopolitical Futures’ editorial strategy, consults with analysts, liaises with marketing and maintains the integrity of all published material. Before joining Geopolitical Futures, Mr. Altom worked at Stratfor for seven years, during which time, as managing editor, he handled special projects, served as personnel director for the publishing department, ran the internship program, managed website taxonomy, tracked website analytics, developed new content types and edited and copyedited published material. Mr. Altom earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies and political science at Trinity University in San Antonio. He is a certified English teacher and is conversant in Spanish.

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What We’re Reading: On War, Real and Imagined

A History of Warfare By John Keegan Waxing philosophical about war is nearly as old as war itself. Sun Tzu, Winston Churchill, Thucydides, Shakespeare; among these authors and countless others, more...

What We’re Reading: Remembering le Carre

Editor’s Note: David John Moore Cornwell, better known by his pen name, John le Carre, died on Dec. 12 at the age of 89. Though he’s the most celebrated...

What We’re Reading: American and Soviet Pathologies

Why Obama Fears for Our Democracy An interview by Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic I’ve read approximately 9 million of the 468 million presidential election post-mortems, which means that not only have...

What We’re Reading: Superpowers and Scary Stories

Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War By Bob Davis and Lingling Wei “Superpower Showdown” provides a broad overview of the history of U.S.-Chinese...

What We’re Reading: The Beginning of an Era and the End of the American Century

Not so long ago, some friends and I were debating when exactly whatever political era we are currently living through began. The end of the Cold War is a...

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May 28, 2016 Canada is one of those countries where a vast land mass obscures the fact that the country has a relatively small population. While Canada is the second largest country in the world, its 35 million inhabitants make Canada only the 39th most populated country.

In this way, Canada is similar to countries like Egypt, Russia and Australia. Egypt is a country of over 80 million people and its size is formidable on a map, yet most of its inhabitants are located on a thin strip of land about the size of the state of Maryland on either bank of the Nile River. For Russia, the world’s largest country by land mass, its population centers are located in the west, close to Europe, while the vast and desolate Siberian region is sparsely populated and not connected to Russian infrastructure. Australia – the world’s sixth largest country by land mass and a continent in its own right – has even fewer people than Canada (around 23 million), all living in cities along the coast. The interior of the country is unforgiving and inhospitable.

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