We’ve examined the geopolitics of the United States and Australia; let’s turn now to a radically different example: Hungary. Hungary is what I call a natural nation – its history as a self-aware community stretches into the “mists of time,” to be poetic. It has a common language and is predominantly Christian, and both of these characteristics contribute to a shared culture. Where the U.S. and Australia had a foundational culture that was transferred from Europe and then molded by subsequent waves of heterogeneous immigration, Hungary’s linguistic and cultural heritage was mostly preserved despite migration into Hungarian territory over the centuries. I have been considering why it is that communities endure – and Hungary is a mystery that, if solved, can help us measure the durability of a community or nation. It’s not clear where ethnic Hungarians – Magyars, they call themselves – came from. They were a nomadic community that originated somewhere east of the Carpathian Mountains, though it’s hard to know just how far east. The Hungarian language is not Indo-European in structure. It shares some words with Kazakh, and an abstract linguistic analysis has found structural similarities with Turkish (the Ottomans once occupied Hungary) and Finnish (another […]

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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.