Rising AND Falling PowersSeparating Signal from Noise

Wednesday, October 25at the Yale Club of New York City

A forum for those seeking truth about geopolitical realities

When theories become consensus, those theories demand rigorous scrutiny. Geopolitical Futures’ upcoming conference is an exclusive one-day event created for portfolio managers, policy analysts, financial advisors, strategic planners, and those who want to understand the changing world order on a detailed level.

Against the backdrop of the beautiful Yale Club of New York City, we will draw a map of the world’s rising and falling powers that shoots down accepted wisdom. It will transform how you think about economics, politics, investing, and the construct of power itself.

What to expect

Destruction of the Consensus

Rising and Falling Powers is structured around three key regions: Asia, Europe, and North America. Each of these regions has one thing in common—nations which are ignored or misunderstood are rising in geopolitical power, while nations believed to be global stalwarts are in fact living off faded glory. At the event, we will tear down the consensus and reveal a blueprint of the future international power structure.

A Full Day of Powerful Conversation

The conference will bring together expert speakers, on-the-ground authorities, and the Geopolitical Futures’ analysts in a variety of exciting formats: presentations, panels, and more. You will gain the knowledge you need to uncover global opportunities in overlooked countries and think differently about how you view power in the world.

New Connections

In the stunning surrounds of the Yale Club, you’ll make new connections and meet old friends at breakfast, lunch, and a cocktail reception. Plus, just 120 tickets are available for this exclusive event. That means that Rising and Falling Powers: Separating Signal from Noise offers the rare opportunity to talk one-on-one with George Friedman, the Geopolitical Futures analysts, and our extraordinary faculty of speakers.

95% of attendees
at Geopolitical Futures’ previous conference
rated it “excellent” or “above average.”

Keynote Speaker

George Friedman

George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and strategist on international affairs. He is the founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures, an online publication that is dedicated to explaining and forecasting the course of global events. Prior to 2015, Friedman was chairman of Stratfor, a company he founded in 1996.

“There are massive misconceptions about who is up and who is down in geopolitics. Most are driven by the noise of politics. At this event, we will block out that noise and cut to the heart of the matter.”George Friedman

Friedman is a New York Times best-selling author. His most popular book, The Next 100 Years (2009), retains its relevance due to the prescience of its geopolitical predictions as they unfold in many countries. Friedman’s most recent book, Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, forecasts the turmoil currently seen in Europe, which stems from economic, immigration, and political issues. Friedman’s other bestselling books include The Next Decade, America’s Secret War, The Future of War, and The Intelligence Edge. His books have been translated into over 20 languages.

His expertise and insight into international affairs make Friedman a popular keynote speaker, and he is in high demand at conferences as well as corporate and industry-specific events. He 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. George Friedman received his bachelor’s degree from the City College of the City University of New York and holds a PhD in government from Cornell University. He lives in Austin, Texas.

More speakers coming soon…

In the coming weeks, we will be unveiling a very special panel of speakers for Rising and Falling Powers: Separating Signal from Noise. Please check back for more information!


(subject to revision as speakers and events are confirmed)
Breakfast & Registration
Conference Welcome
Keynote: George Friedman
30 Minute Networking Break
Session: Driving Forces in East Asia

World attention has rained down on East Asia in 2017, due largely to the inflammatory actions of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. With “noise” focusing on the threat of nuclear conflict, the “signal” emanating from the region has been ignored.

In this session, speakers will address issues including:

  • How will the ongoing North Korean crisis affect US-China trade talks?
  • What problems are preventing China from becoming a true superpower?
  • Who will fill the emerging power vacuum in East Asia?
  • How did Japan manage to transition from a high-growth to low-growth economy without social or political chaos?
  • Why is the US so deeply invested in East Asia’s geopolitics?
Buffet Lunch
Session: Power Shifts in Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe’s population “is shrinking like no other regional population in modern history,” the Financial Times commented breathlessly last year. And yet the region has a highly educated, technically oriented, and young population. Plus, its growth figures are impressive—Romania, for example, posted the highest Q1 2017 economic growth rate in EU28, 5.6% year over year.

Which is the signal and which is the noise? Speakers will answer that question during this session, as well as issues such as:

  • Will the continent’s center of power move from west to east?
  • Will Russia’s woes make it more or less likely to intrude on Eastern Europe?
  • How do Eastern Europe’s demographics affect its prospects?
  • How will the US move to becoming a significant military force in Eastern Europe affect the region economically?
  • Where exactly should investors look for opportunities in the region?
30 Minute Networking Break
Session: Rising Heavyweights in North America

North America is an island of tranquillity and opportunity, and Mexico is its most promising region economically. On the surface, that’s a contrarian viewpoint—with critics pointing to Mexico’s rising debt and social problems, as well as Canada’s status as one of the world’s wealthiest nations. But look for the signal beyond the noise, and a startlingly different picture emerges.

In this session, speakers will tackle questions including:

  • Is a “Mexican Era” likely to happen in the current century?
  • What does the future hold for NAFTA?
  • Is Mexico, one of the leading economies of the world, misunderstood and undervalued?
  • Should the US still be the core of your portfolio?
  • What can we expect from the US-Mexico and US-Canada relationships under President Trump?
Closing Remarks
Closing Reception

After a rewarding day of debate on power in three of the world’s key regions, the closing reception gives you another opportunity to connect with George Friedman, several Geopolitical Futures analysts, the conference speakers, and your fellow attendees.

Over a cocktail or two, you can consider the day’s findings, discuss new opportunities, and form new connections. The closing reception is an integral part of Rising and Falling Powers: Separating Signal from Noise, bringing together like-minded people to continue sharing insights and thoughts.

“Please have a follow-up in a year or so”— Past GPF conference attendee —


Rising and Falling Powers: Separating Signal from Noise will take place on October 25th in the prestigious:

Yale Club
50 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Yale ClubThe 116-year-old Yale Club was built on tradition, energy, activity, and friendship. The ancestors of modern private social clubs are the coffeehouses of 17th-century London, the premier places to meet and discuss current events.

That’s why the Yale Club’s storied, neoclassical building is the perfect place for conference speakers and attendees to discuss key issues, dissect accepted truths, and build a hothouse of ideas.

A taxi or UberX will cost approximately $50 and take 40 minutes from La Guardia Airport, or approximately $65 and 45 minutes from JFK Airport.

“So thankful I attended”— Past GPF conference attendee —

Secure your Place at Rising and
Falling Powers Now


Just 120 people will be able to attend Rising and Falling Powers: Separating Signal from Noise, on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at the Yale Club of New York City.

To guarantee you don’t miss out on this opportunity, simply complete the quick and easy registration process below. By registering today, you will also secure one of a strictly limited number of early-bird tickets.  

This event is expected to sell out quickly, so avoid disappointment by locking down your place today.


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Rising and Falling Powers: Separating Signal from Noise is for you if you are…

  • A professional or academic in the geopolitics sphere. It’s unlikely you’ll agree with every conclusion put forward at the conference. That’s positive—we hope and expect the presentations and panels to fuel intellectual debate and civil discourse.
  • An investor. Driven by the historically overvalued stock market in the US, sophisticated investors are looking elsewhere for long-term growth. The conference will shed light on opportunities in neglected regions of the world, as well as ring the alarm bell on countries sleepwalking into disaster.
  • A member of the learned public. Whether your passion is economics, politics, geography, or investing, this gathering promises to energize your thinking on geopolitical risk and opportunity, and guide you on how to discard the information that stands in the way of reality.  

As an attendee at Rising and Falling Powers: Separating Signal from Noise, you’ll step behind the closely-guarded doors of one of New York’s most exclusive clubs.

Located in the heart of Manhattan, it’s also the ideal jump-off point for attendees who want to add to their conference experience with a few days spent in the Big Apple.

The Yale Club is located at 50 Vanderbilt Avenue on the corner of 44th Street, across from the western entrance of Grand Central Terminal.

While filming is not allowed, every ticketholder will receive a conference Audio Pass, valued at $199. The Audio Pass will enable you to listen back to every single session, read through full, searchable transcripts, and more.

No. We are limiting attendance at this conference strictly to 120 people to encourage an unrestricted flow of information and ideas—and to give you the opportunity to not just meet but connect with George Friedman, the Geopolitical Futures analysts, and the panel of esteemed speakers.

Simply click this link to secure your place at Rising and Falling Powers: Separating Signal from Noise.

In the unfortunate event that you need to cancel your registration, you will receive a full refund less a 10% processing fee, as long as you cancel on or before Friday, September 22.

Cancellations on or after September 23 are non-refundable, but may be transferred if you have a friend or colleague to take your place. If you have any questions, please email conference@geopoliticalfutures.com or call 1-888-982-8217.

Traditional business attire (jackets and neckties for men, equally appropriate attire for women) is welcome at the Yale Club, while business casual dress is required in all public rooms except for the athletic facilities at all times.

Business casual dress for men:

Collared shirts, turtlenecks or sweaters; dress slacks, khakis or corduroy trousers; and socks.

Business casual dress for women:

Collared shirts; blouses, turtlenecks or sweaters; and skirts or tailored pants.

Rising and Falling Powers will start approximately at 8.30am with breakfast and registration. It will conclude with a reception at 8.00pm. During the day, there will be a lunch where you will be able to meet George Friedman and other speakers, as well as two networking breaks.

Please see below for two highly rated hotels. Both are situated less than a mile away from the Yale Club, and both offer complimentary high-speed WiFi.

Hotel Elysée

60 East 54th Street
New York City
NY 10022 USA
Tel. 1-212-753-1066

The Lombardy

111 East 56th Street
(between Park and Lexington Avenues)
New York City
NY 10022 USA
Tel. 1-800-223-5254

The Yale Club is located in the heart of Manhattan, so the closest airports are JFK International Airport and La Guardia Airport.

A taxi or UberX will cost approximately $50 and take 40 minutes from La Guardia Airport, or approximately $65 and 45 minutes from JFK Airport.