George Friedman’s Thoughts: Whatever Happened to Brexit?

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The planet has reached an extraordinary moment of unity. The overriding focus is on the coronavirus and the radical restructuring of our lives and societies. There is a weird sense of sharing. This is not a “Kumbaya” moment in any sense. The moment is not giving us a sense of how we are all human and a desire to be together. Quite the contrary, it is a moment of fear and loathing of each other. The fear is that being near someone will lead to our death. The loathing is a sense that the world has become unclean. I am fortunate. My wife and I live in a large house, by ordinary measures, on a bit over five acres of land. We have always been recluses of a sort, basking in our aloneness when on breaks from traveling around the United States and to many countries overseas. Geopolitical Futures was designed to support this aloneness. The company has no office, and everyone works from home, in constant communication made possible by things like Zoom and Slack. For us this moment is no burden. It is the life we chose, but even we must occasionally leave and see friends and strangers. […]

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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.