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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.

China Struggles to Contain an Outbreak

More than 1 million pigs have been culled already to contain the outbreak of African swine fever.

Why Banning the Brotherhood Won’t Work

Calling its members terrorists will only create more terrorists.

What We’re Reading: African Mythology and French Cuisine

Weekly reviews of what’s on our bookshelves.

The Age of Bibi

It appears Benjamin Netanyahu has secured his fifth term in office.

Understanding a No-Deal Brexit

The U.K. has a week to avert a no-deal departure from the EU. What will happen if it fails?

The Rise and Fall of the Islamic State

This Islamic State may not last, but there is the possibility of a future Islamic State in the Middle East.

Kazakhstan’s First and Only President Has Resigned

Nursultan Nazarbayev has surrendered his post but very little of his power.

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.