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George Friedman

Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures

George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and best-selling author. He is the Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, an online publication dedicated to forecasting the course of global events. 

Prior to founding Geopolitical Futures, Friedman guided the intellectual vision of Stratfor, the geopolitical intelligence publishing and consulting firm he founded in 1996.

Friedman is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling books. His most recent book, “Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe” (2015), predicts the borderlands where centuries old tensions are re-emerging and will spark new conflicts. “The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century” (2009), predicts the geopolitical changes shaping the 21st century and was published in over 20 languages. The prescience of Friedman’s geopolitical predictions keep this book alive as they continue to unfold in many countries. Friedman’s “The Next Decade: Where We've Been and Where We're Going” (2011), was also a bestseller. His other books on warfare and intelligence have included “America's Secret War,” “The Future of War” and “The Intelligence Edge.”

A very popular keynote speaker on the future of international geopolitics, Friedman is in high demand at numerous conferences and industry-specific events. He has briefed for numerous major military and government organizations and is frequently invited to speak internationally.

Friedman appears regularly as an expert on international affairs and intelligence on major television and radio networks and is frequently quoted in leading American and international media publications.

Friedman received his bachelor’s degree from the City College of the City University of New York and holds a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University.  He lives in Austin, Texas.

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