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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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Russia’s Arctic Buildup

(click to enlarge) The Arctic, rich in natural resources and potential, is quickly becoming an area where the interests of major players, especially the United States and Russia, may collide....

Is History Repeating Itself in Northern Ireland?

What’s behind the recent civil unrest in Northern Ireland? Is it changing demographics? Brexit? Covid? Or all of the above? Ryan Bridges and Christian Smith sit down for an extended discussion on the situation there and the wider geopolitical implications for Europe.

Daily Memo: Russia to Close the Kerch Strait?

Russia's blockade. Russia is planning to block access to the waters around the Kerch Strait, which connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov, for non-commercial ships, according...

Daily Memo: The Chip Crunch Gets Worse, US Deployment Canceled

Talking microchips. The world’s top chipmaker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., said Thursday the global chip shortage could last well into next year. (The company also said its profits increased...

Daily Memo: US Proposes Summit With Russia, China’s Latest Test

Let’s talk. U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday proposed a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a third country during a phone call between the two leaders. Biden...

Understanding China

Chairman George Friedman explores China’s relationship with both the U.S. and Russia, as well as its tendency towards isolation. East Asia Expert Phillip Orchard breaks down the geopolitical imperatives that drive China’s behavior. Dir. of Analysis Allison Fedirka gives us an update on the tension at the Colombia–Venezuela border.

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China’s President Is in Trouble

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

Population Density of Canada


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

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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