Happy Birthday to Geopolitical Futures

Thoughts in and around geopolitics.

On Dec. 2, 2015, Geopolitical Futures issued its first publication. That was its birth. Its conception took place months before, in September 2015, in a small town in Austria, not very far from the Berghof, Hitler’s retreat. We had come to Vienna on a business matter and decided to find a quiet place to think and write. It was a quiet place indeed. There, Meredith and I put meat on the concept of a new publication. She contacted an Estonian website designer, and we began the process of giving life to a new being, which is what a business is in many ways. Creating Geopolitical Futures was not us traveling in unknown waters. In 1996, 19 years before then, we were running a geopolitical research center at a university. Prior to that I had lived a complex life – as had Meredith – doing sundry things. The sum total of what I learned was this: People think they are decision-makers, when in fact their decisions are imposed on them by outside forces, and it is the outside forces that should be focused on. In a world full of government employees who believe they are making history as they choose, this […]

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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.