The Strangeness of an Analytic Life

Thoughts in and around geopolitics.

I have spent a good part of my life as an analyst, and for the past quarter-century as an analyst of geopolitics – the impersonal forces that shape nations and their relations to each other. I have also spent my life as an American, grateful for the refuge it gave me, and in love with its greatness and pettiness. Like people, nations have character, and none is without flaws, however obvious or hidden they may be. The virtue of an analyst is indifference. The world is filled with people who have strong views of what should be, of what makes a good leader, of the strength or weakness of policies. Having opinions is one of the great pleasures of human life. We are filled with opinions on all manner of things, judging the world as well as the moral standing of those with different opinions. I once had an argument with someone who actually believed that the Boston Red Sox were intrinsically better than the New York Yankees. We raged and drank and made up statistics and took enormous pleasure from the argument. Even when we rage against someone we truly loath, there’s pleasure derived from expressing our opinion. Rage […]

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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.