Friedman’s Thoughts In and Around Geopolitics: Texas, the Comanche and a Virus

On an ordinary weekday, my wife and I went for a drive for no reason other than after weeks of being in lockdown we had to get out of the house, as the distinction between days had worn thin. We drove west on Fitzhugh Road, which took us along the Pedernales River and ended in Johnson City, the town founded by the family of Lyndon B. Johnson and home to the house in which the late president grew up. The road there was empty, and as we rose up into the hills, we recalled that we were near the edge of the Comanche Empire. Deep into the 19th century, the Comanche raided the scattered homes that European settlers had built. Legend has it that one raiding party once rode without a stop from Kansas to San Antonio and back again. The Comanche had been a minor nation in the 18th century, wedged into the canyons of the American West, until they mastered the technology that the Spaniards brought with them when they had explored this untamed frontier: the horse. The Comanche understood that whoever could move on horseback could ride far and fast, could strike unexpectedly and could thus impose […]

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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.