To South Korea and Back Again

Thoughts in and around geopolitics.

In mid-September, I will travel to Seoul, South Korea, for a week. The purpose will be to hold court, be lectured to, eat dinners and have late night drinks with people trying to find out what I know, while I try to find out what they know. I can’t count how many days and weeks of my life I have spent in these kinds of conversations. They’re cumbersome but not without value, for they can reveal the collective angst of nations. My job is to appear fearless because an American expressing fear can panic the herd. They want to hear that we Americans know what we are doing. Since I don’t think we have a clue – and since I don’t believe that history is driven by fear and rage – I feel I am the right man for the job. At least I am the man that they picked, and as a result I will be given a front-row seat in the minds of the Koreans, the Japanese and the rest of Eurasia. There are some questions the South Koreans are best suited to answer. First, what is happening in North Korea, with the periodic disappearance of Kim Jong […]

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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.