Geopolitical Futures

Geopolitical Futures (GPF) was founded in 2015 by George Friedman, international strategist and author of The Calm Before the Storm 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: New Details on Hong Kong’s Security Law

Hong Kong security law details. The government in Hong Kong released more details on the new national security law intended to crack down on dissent. The law reduces judicial oversight restricting police surveillance, permits some police searches in the absence of a warrant, and permits officers to confiscate travel documents to prevent suspects from leaving Hong Kong. It also requires social media sites and internet service providers to remove messages considered a threat to national security and to provide user data, or face fines of up to 100,000 Hong Kong dollars ($12,903) and jail time of up to six months. In response, a number of digital platforms, such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram, said they would deny law enforcement requests for user data, and TikTok, which is owned by China-based ByteDance, announced it would cease operations in Hong Kong in the coming days. Russia’s sluggish recovery. The share of Russians with average monthly income below 15,000 rubles ($210) has grown to 44.6 percent from 38.1 percent amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the results of a June survey conducted by the Rosgosstrakh life insurance company and the Perspektiva research and technology center. For reference, the monthly minimum wage in Russia […]

Daily Memo: South Korea Wants to Resume Nuclear Talks

North Korea has nothing to say to the U.S. Efforts are underway for the possible resumption of denuclearization talks between North Korea and the United States. South Korea’s chief...

Yahoo News: Does America Need Moral Presidents?

The late 1980s and early 1990s were characterized by overblown fears about the resurgence of Japan and Germany. There was even a popular volume by George Friedman called, The Coming...

The Evolution of US-UK Relations

C (click to enlarge) The bilateral relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is among the strongest in the world today. But the two countries got off to a...

Daily Memo: Russian Constitutional Reforms, Korean Compromises

Russian reforms. In a seven-day referendum that ended on Wednesday, 77.9 percent of Russians voted to approve more than 200 amendments to the constitution, one of which would allow...

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