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Jacob L. Shapiro

Jacob L. Shapiro
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Jacob L. Shapiro is a geopolitical analyst who explains and predicts global trends. He is the director of analysis for Geopolitical Futures, a position he has held since the company’s founding in 2015. He oversees a team of analysts, the company’s forecasting process and the day-to-day analysis of important geopolitical developments. Mr. Shapiro is a regular speaker at international conferences and has appeared both in print and on television as an expert on international affairs in such places as MSNBC, CNBC, the New York Times and Fox News. Prior to Geopolitical Futures, Mr. Shapiro worked at Stratfor as an analyst and as the director of the operations center. He joined Geopolitical Futures to help found a new company dedicated to publishing excellent analysis and accurate forecasts based on the geopolitical method Dr. Friedman pioneered. Mr. Shapiro holds a master’s degree from Oxford University, where he won an award for his dissertation on the link between philosophy and mysticism in 20th century Jewish thought. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Near Eastern studies.

Italy Signs Up for the Belt and Road Initiative

Rome’s decision has provoked stern but ultimately empty U.S. warnings.

On Huawei, the US and UK Diverge

The West can’t agree on how to handle threats posed by China’s telecommunication giants.

Authoritarianism in the Information Age

The internet is the world’s greatest source of knowledge. Governments are learning how to use it for old, familiar purposes.

Remembering to Forget World War II

People tend to compare every modern conflict to Hitler and the Nazis. They shouldn’t.

Dissenting Opinions: On an Intervention in Venezuela

George Friedman and Jacob L. Shapiro offer different perspectives on a potential intervention.

Canada: Caught in the Crossfire of the US-China Trade War

Canada’s arrest of a top Chinese executive landed Ottawa in the middle of a feud it wanted to avoid.

A Botched Coup in Gabon

Could it be a sign of things to come?

The Third Opium War

To understand China’s current confrontation with the West over trade, historical context is key.

The Second Partition of Ukraine?

The country lost part of its territory nearly five years ago. Was that just the beginning?

A Tactical Retreat in Warsaw

Poland compromises but the EU isn’t satisfied.

Russia and Ukraine Spar Over the Kerch Strait

The main issue here is Ukrainian fragility, not Russian aggression.

Thanksgiving: A Monument to a Nation

Here’s to a holiday that helped rescue the U.S. from its own self-destruction.