What We’re Reading: Measuring Our Enemies and Ourselves

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The Cold War: A Military History By David Miller During the Cold War, there were constant discussions about when the Soviets might invade Europe and how long it would take them to destroy NATO’s forces. The optimists figured it would take a few weeks, the pessimists a few days. No one really believed Washington would order a nuclear strike to stop it. Occasionally, there was the rare voice who had given up hope for a minimally successful career who would ask: If the Soviets are so powerful, why haven’t they attacked already? The answers were intense but incoherent. David Miller’s book chronicles the complex evolution of both sides’ militaries, but at the beginning he argues that the Soviets were not as aggressive as the West feared because they weren’t at all confident that they could defeat NATO. They saw NATO as it was: a complex of technical capabilities that could tear apart a Soviet attack. They were primarily in defensive mode. The Soviet Union had been ravaged by the Germans, and their public was in no condition to wage another war. Their goal was to not be attacked again from Europe, and to achieve this they used Eastern Europe, which […]

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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.

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Valentina Jovanovski is an editor at Geopolitical Futures. She works with analysts to hone their writing and handles daily digital publishing and communication of analytical content to subscribers. Ms. Jovanovski was previously an analyst at a research firm focusing on corporate social responsibility before moving to London, England, to earn a diploma in journalism. She worked in Budapest for two years as a freelance journalist, writing for several international publications. She was also an associate editor for an English-language Hungarian news portal. She has an honors bachelor’s degree in political science and geography from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa.