Protests and Escalation: The Middle East in 2020

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Geopolitical Theories


Nov. 9, 2017 Jacob L. Shapiro and Xander Snyder review three political theories being discussed in the media, and what to look for when making historical analogies. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.

Jacob Shapiro on the Leighton Smith Podcast

GPF Director of Analysis Jacob L. Shapiro joins Newstalk ZB’s Leighton Smith to discuss the latest developments in China and the connection to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.

The Latest on North Korea and Iran

Jacob L. Shapiro welcomes Xander Snyder and Phillip Orchard onto the podcast to discuss the latest on U.S. relations with North Korea and Iran.

Water Problems in India and Iran

Jacob Shapiro and Xander Snyder are back at it to talk climate change, water scarcity in India and Iran, and the future of the Arctic.

George Friedman on the Leighton Smith Podcast: Episode 40

In the newest episode of the Leighton Smith Podcast, GPF Chairman George Friedman talks about global recession watch and the countries that are experiencing slowdowns throughout the world. He also discusses the complexities of national debt and where the U.S. stands in the impeachment process.

The State of Central Asia


Nov. 30, 2017 Allison Fedirka and Xander Snyder explain the importance of this often overlooked region. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.

The Geopolitics of Deadwood


Join Cole, Jacob, and Phillip on this auspicious April Fools’ Day for a discussion of the Geopolitics of Deadwood. No unauthorized cinnamon.

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Intro+Exit music by Jason Shaw, “Hoedown” and “Serenity.”

The Geopolitics of Jerusalem


Dec. 8, 2017 Jacob L. Shapiro and Kamran Bokhari discuss why the Trump administration is moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and the implications for the Middle East. Sign up here for free updates on topics like this.

China’s Failure


Part one of a conversation between GPF CEO George Friedman and Newstalk ZB’s Leighton Smith. They discuss GPF’s 2019 forecast, China’s shortcomings, and New Zealand’s place in the world.

Is Democracy Failing?


CEO George Friedman joins the podcast to talk about whether democracy is failing in the United States and in Europe.