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Geopolitical Futures (GPF) was founded in 2015 by George Friedman, international strategist and author of The Storm Before the Calm and The Next 100 Years. GPF is non-ideological, analyzes the world and forecasts the future using geopolitics: political, economic, military and geographic dimensions at the foundation of a nation.

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Daily Memo: Iraq’s Nuclear Energy Plans

Iraq's energy plans. Iraq said it was considering building eight nuclear reactors that could provide 25 percent of the country’s electricity needs by 2030. An Iraqi official said the...

Daily Memo: US Eyes Pacific Naval Task Force, North Korean Food Shortages

The pivot is real. The Pentagon is studying the establishment of a permanent Pacific naval task force, according to a Politico report, in response to China’s growing military presence....

Brief: Russia Admits Failure in the North Caucasus

Background: The Caucasus is an important buffer separating Russia from Turkey and Iran. Having reestablished its presence in the South Caucasus through the deployment of peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh, Moscow...

Daily Memo: Aircraft Subsidies Breakthrough, Controversial South Korean Drills

Breakthrough in subsidies dispute. The United States and European Union agreed on a cease-fire in their 17-year battle over subsidies for Boeing and Airbus, and committed to ending another...

Brief: NATO’s Concerns Over China

Background: NATO has had a bit of an identity crisis ever since the Soviet Union collapsed. Not only is there no longer a primary enemy to ally against, but...

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Population Density of Canada

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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.

The Truth About the US-China Thucydides Trap

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We remember Thucydides as a historian thanks to his documentation of the Peloponnesian War, but we often forget that he was also a philosopher....

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