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Jacob L. Shapiro

Jacob L. Shapiro
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.

Poland’s Population Problem

High economic growth will only take the country so far.

The Cost of Keeping Greece in the Eurozone

Was it really worth it?

Tonga, a New Ally in the Fight Against China’s Debt Trap

The small island nation doesn’t want to pay back the money it owes Beijing. Nor do its neighbors.

The Currency Crisis of 2018?

It’s not too early to consider whether what’s happening in Turkey is simply a Turkish matter.

Israel Deprives Iran of a Proxy

Israel can no longer afford to have Hamas in the south capable of creating a second front.

Articulating Australia’s Interests

The prime minister’s recent speech was not so kind to China, despite reports to the contrary.

The US-EU Impasse Over Iran Sanctions

Washington and Brussels have different interests when it comes to Iran.

Playing With Fire in the Balkans

In the dispute over Kosovo’s independence, reports suggest partition of Kosovo may be on the table.

In Search of Victory in Afghanistan

At this point, the U.S. is fighting its own self-image.

The US-China War Will Have to Wait

There are more important issues to attend to first.

US-Russia Relations Beyond Helsinki

For the U.S., Ukraine is important. For Russia, Ukraine is everything.

Iran, Backed Into a Corner

Now it needs outside help if it’s going to stand up to the U.S.