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George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and strategist on international affairs and the founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures. Dr. Friedman is a New York Times bestselling author and 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.

The Geopolitics of Iran’s Refinery Attack

A Yemeni rebel group aligned with Iran took credit for a drone attack against Saudi Arabia’s main oil refinery this weekend. The range, payload...

George Friedman’s Thoughts: Geopolitics and Philosophy

After last week’s piece on Aristotle’s four virtues, I received one reader response asking that I write on geopolitics rather than philosophy. One is enough to justify a serious reply. Most people equate the term “geopolitics” with international relations, perhaps with a tilt toward armed conflict. When people in the financial sector, for instance, point […]

China’s President Is in Trouble

The Chinese president has failed to manage the country’s relationship with its most important trade partner.

George Friedman’s Thoughts: Passion and Aristotle’s Four Virtues

Aristotle’s virtues, like passion, have a complex and important relationship to geopolitics.

The End of the Afghan War?

There is no winning in Afghanistan, only perpetual engagement.

George Friedman’s Thoughts: Millennials

Every generation believes it’s different than those that came before. Then, reality sets in.

The US, China and Japan: Grand Strategies

All three countries are competing for power in the Pacific.

The Geopolitical Logic of the US-China Trade War

The dispute was decades in the making.

George Friedman’s Thoughts: The Problem With Passion

Passion obscures the subtlety and complexity of the things we care about.

1989-1992: A Global Pivot

It was a time that changed everything.

Recession, Synchronized and Desynchronized

Three of the world's largest economies are showing signs of a downturn.