Rising AND Falling PowersSeparating Signal from Noise

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

A Conference 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.

George FriedmanGeopolitical Futures


(subject to revision as speakers and events are confirmed)

Rising and Falling Powers will tear down consensus thought on Asia, Europe, and North America—and reveal a new blueprint of the future international power structure. Geopolitical Futures’ contrarian forecasts will excite and surprise, and give attendees the tools they need to uncover global opportunities in overlooked countries.

Investors and portfolio managers will gain a crucial edge by listening to perspectives few have heard. The interpretation of each region’s winners and losers will give investors immediate, actionable insights into where to seek out growth and opportunity. 

For professionals and academics, this event offers the opportunity not only to sharpen the saw and analyze the forecasts and findings of an exceptional panel of speakers, but also to network and debate with peers.

And everyone will leave the conference energized and with a much more nuanced vision of how the world works—and what we can expect to see in the coming years.

This crucial conference has debate and interaction at its heart, which is why every panel will be followed by an audience question and answer session. Plus, several networking breaks, lunch, a final Q&A session, and a closing reception will give you the opportunity to meet and talk with George Friedman, the speakers, and your fellow attendees. The time dedicated to two-way conversation sets this conference apart from others.

Breakfast & Registration

Start your day at the Yale Club with a buffet breakfast and your first opportunity to mingle with your fellow attendees. With a full hour set aside, take the chance to relax and prepare for what promises to be an intense, exhilarating day.

Driving Forces in East Asia

World attention has rained down on East Asia in 2017, due largely to the incendiary actions of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. What happens with the rogue state is clearly important on a global level, but it is sucking attention away from other critical developments in the region. With “noise” focusing on the threat of nuclear conflict, the “signal” emanating from the region has been lost, putting investors, companies, and analysts at risk of being blindsided.

In this session, you will listen to speakers including Gavekal Research CEO Louis Gave and Santen Inc CAO Masahiro Inoue discuss:

  • What problems are preventing China from becoming a true superpower?
  • Why is the US so deeply invested in East Asia’s geopolitics?
  • Will China be able to return to high growth?
  • Will Japan take on a military role in the region?
  • What will happen in the South China Sea?
Networking Break

An opportunity to share your thoughts and insights with fellow attendees—or to mull over the provocative findings and forecasts from the first panel session.

Rising Heavyweights in North America

Compared with the rest of the world, North America is an island of tranquillity and opportunity. But the opportunity may not lie where you think. Using Geopolitical Futures’ battle-tested methodology as the starting point, this session will look under North America’s hood to reveal a forecast for the region that is startlingly different from the consensus.

This panel is a must-attend for investors looking for an edge, businesspeople looking for opportunity, and anyone looking for an uncensored view of the region. You will hear speakers including original NAFTA negotiator Luis de la Calle , and President and Founder of Rideau Potomac Strategy Group Eric Miller, talk about:

  • The issues facing the US-Canada relationship and how they will affect anyone with cross-border interests
  • The uncomfortable truth about the future of NAFTA and its economic impact
  • The direction in which the US must go in during and after the Trump administration
  • A bold and prescient view of Mexico that will be surprising to consensus analysts
  • The actual trade and immigration issues that will shape the region and how you can prepare for them
Buffet Lunch

With two full sessions completed, it’s time to relax and enjoy lunch in the serene environs of the Yale Club, the ideal location to discuss the morning’s deliberations with other attendees, the Geopolitical Futures team, and the speakers.

Power Shifts in Europe

Nestled between regional heavyweights Russia and Germany, Eastern Europe has long been one of the world’s most pivotal yet misunderstood and under-analyzed regions. At first glance, it’s also perplexing—posting remarkable economic growth rates and plummeting population figures with equal vim. What does the future actually hold for the region, its relationship with the wider continent and the world—and how can you ensure you’re prepared?

Speakers including George Maior, Romania’s ambassador to the US, and Zbigniew Pisarski, founder and president of the prestigious Casimir Pulaski Foundation, will provide the inside view on GPF’s contrarian forecast for the region, revealing:

  • The largely unnoticed but seismic power shift currently underway and how it will impact individual countries
  • Why investors and businesses need to plan for the powerful impact the US is set to have on the region’s economies
  • The full-color picture of Germany’s future in the region
  • How Russia’s unravelling will affect the future of its neighbors… for better and for worse
  • The precise factors that will power Europe’s economic performance and what sectors are set to shine
Networking Break

Our second networking break of the day gives you a chance to refresh before the closing remarks and reception, or continue important conversations kick-started over lunch.

Closing Remarks

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.

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.



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.

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 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.

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at Geopolitical Futures’ previous conference rated it “excellent” or “above average.”
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