How do rainfall patterns in China contribute to U.S. tensions with North Korea? How do otherwise worthless hunks of rock in the South China Sea simultaneously affect global energy prices, U.S. aircraft carriers, and Saudi Arabia? And what significance do east–west flowing rivers in the United States have on the level of the yuan?
Questions like these are better answered when investors understand the convergence of geography with history, politics, economics, and societal imperatives. Without an able guide through the tangle of geopolitics, spurious analysis is common. George Friedman, founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures, is acknowledged as one of the world’s most able guides of both political science and geopolitics.
Friedman is the author of several acclaimed books, including The Next Decade: Empire and Republic in a Changing World; The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century; and Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe. He has a history of being right when many others are wrong and a history of being predictive when many are reactive. Read More