Facing Our Past

Thoughts In and Around Geopolitics

Perhaps the one unmistakable truth of the human condition is that we all live in the past. We are born in a place to inhabitants of that place, and we learn the things we are meant to learn. We may love or hate our past or be indifferent to it, but it never changes, ceaselessly shaping who we are and how we think. Even when we reject our past we are still living in it. We can be repelled only by the things we know, and the things we know define our passions. To paraphrase Andre Malraux, we despise our nation’s past in very national ways. A German hates his nation’s past as only a German can. So too a Russian or a Nigerian. We all live with what the past created, but when we take issue or arms against our past, that is perhaps when the past has its strongest hold on us. The problem with our past is that it is us, and that it is thus flawed. That doesn’t mean we don’t change; humanity is dynamic that way. But there is no generation that does not see the past differently from those who lived it, nor is […]

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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.