The Importance of Key West

Thoughts in and around geopolitics.

1956
I am writing this from Key West in Florida because after a year my wife decided I needed to get out of the house and have a vacation. I am at the southernmost point of the United States because of her concern for me. As I write this, I hear roosters crowing outside our hotel window. I don’t know why, but Key West is filled with chickens. Signs along the road say that cars must yield to the chickens. If there is an explanation for this, I haven’t found it, nor will I try. I’ll just assume the rules were made with my best interests at heart. Key West has long been a strategic location for the United States but has grown more valuable in the pandemic: Americans can experience a Caribbean Island without leaving the United States, and thus are able to return home at will. It is also filled with worthwhile sights such as Harry Truman’s summer White House and Ernest Hemingway’s home. I discovered that in 1990, Colin Powell met here with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia to settle one of their wars. It didn’t work. From my hotel room, I can see what appears to […]

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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.