… If It’s Open

Thoughts in and around geopolitics.

I returned from a trip to South Korea about three weeks ago. Since then, I went to the bank once and to the supermarket on a mad lark. I have reached the point we used to call cabin fever but which I now call the Corona Crouch. The Corona Crouch is a defensive posture that decreases your risk of getting a disease but increases your chance of going mad, and not in a good way. It does not lead to brilliant insights on the nature of the universe; it leads to a seething rage at a world out of control. My wife and I have discussed doing something daring. It begins with leaving the house, getting in the car, driving someplace and doing something, preferably surrounded by people also doing something. There is a town west of us called Fredericksburg, which I may have mentioned before. It was settled in the 1840s by German liberals fleeing a failed rebellion. Its residents spoke German until after World War II, and it is still filled with German restaurants and flags. It was also the birthplace of Chester Nimitz, commander of U.S. naval forces in the Pacific during World War II. Fredericksburg has […]

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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.