George Friedman is the founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures, an online publication that explains and forecasts the course of global events. Previously, he served as chairman of Stratfor, a private intelligence firm. Dr. Friedman is a New York Times bestselling author whose books include The Next 100 Years, The Next Decade, America’s Secret War, The Future of War, and The Intelligence Edge. His most recent book, Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, forecasts the events currently being seen in Europe stemming from economic, immigration, and political issues. 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. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the City College of the City University of New York and a PhD in government from Cornell University.