Encountering Korea

Thoughts in and around geopolitics.

Arriving at the international airport at Incheon, now a global transport hub, I received instructions for South Korea’s coronavirus screening procedures. Incheon will always remind me of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. The same must be true for the Koreans to some extent, as when I left the plane there were signs to guide arriving U.S. servicemen in the appropriate direction. It was a significant change from 1950, when South Korea was disorganized and doomed. I have wondered about the success South Korea has had in combatting the coronavirus as compared to the United States. I first marched what seemed like a mile to the arrivals area of customs. There I was asked to sit in front of a uniformed customs agent, unique in that he, as well as the other customs officials I met, was nowhere near fluent in English. English has become the global tongue, particularly among those who deal with travelers. The Koreans were doing this on their own terms. I sat before him and showed him my certificate of exemption from the 14-day quarantine along with my passport and the rest. He proceeded to ask me the name and the telephone number of someone in Korea, albeit less […]

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George Friedman

George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and strategist on international affairs and the founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures.

Dr. Friedman is also a New York Times bestselling author. His most recent book, THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM: America’s Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond, published February 25, 2020 describes how “the United States periodically reaches a point of crisis in which it appears to be at war with itself, yet after an extended period it reinvents itself, in a form both faithful to its founding and radically different from what it had been.” The decade 2020-2030 is such a period which will bring dramatic upheaval and reshaping of American government, foreign policy, economics, and culture.

His most popular book, The Next 100 Years, is kept alive by the prescience of its predictions. Other best-selling books include Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, The Next Decade, America’s Secret War, The Future of War and The Intelligence Edge. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Dr. Friedman has briefed numerous military and government organizations in the United States and overseas and appears regularly as an expert on international affairs, foreign policy and intelligence in major media. For almost 20 years before resigning in May 2015, Dr. Friedman was CEO and then chairman of Stratfor, a company he founded in 1996. Friedman received his bachelor’s degree from the City College of the City University of New York and holds a doctorate in government from Cornell University.