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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.

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.

George Friedman’s Thoughts: China and a Global Economic Contraction

The protests in Hong Kong must be understood in the context of a global economic slowdown.

Russian Intelligence and Immigration in Europe

Russia may be supporting anti-immigration groups, but it will make no difference to geopolitical forces in Europe.

Dissenting Opinions: On Mass Shootings in the United States

Jacob and George offer their thoughts on American gun culture.

China, Mexico and US Trade

China is no longer the United States’ top trade partner. What does this mean for Mexico?

Boris Johnson Enters Smiling

In driving a hard Brexit bargain, the European Union drove the U.K. into Johnson’s arms.

Going to the Moon and Going to India

Last weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the first manned space flight to the moon. In endless articles, observers are asking why no attempts have been made to land men on the moon since the Apollo program. In considering this, I think it’s useful to examine the U.S. and other space […]

The Battle for the Past

Whoever defines the past controls the present and future.

Command of the Sea

Command of the sea is the foundation of American national security. Adm. Alfred Thayer Mahan, the greatest strategist in American history, identified it as the core American interest (though he wrote before the war on terrorism began and before the development of nuclear weapons). The United States, he argued, can be threatened only by an […]

What We’re Reading: Cry, the Beloved Country

Weekly reviews of what’s on our bookshelves.

Socialism and Capitalism

Socialism is a global political movement that emerged from the French Revolution. Its goal was to speak for the dispossessed, only sometimes as a democratic political party. In all of its guises, it has been a powerful political force in most of the world. In the United States, however, it has been relegated to the […]