George Friedman


George Friedman is the founder and CEO of Stratfor, the leading global private intelligence firm. Dubbed by Barron’s as “the shadow CIA,” Stratfor has more than 800,000 subscribers and counts major corporations, news organizations and government entities among its clients.

Friedman is the author of Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe (Doubleday 2015), as well as The Next Decade (2011) and The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century (2009) a runaway New York Times bestseller and has been translated into eighteen foreign languages. America’s Secret War, a Barron’s Best Book of 2004, details America’s covert and overt efforts in the global war against terrorism. 

Friedman frequently appears on TV and radio and has been featured in Time, Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, and other publications. In 1994, he founded and was Director of the Center for Geopolitical Studies at Louisiana State University. He holds a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University.

Praise for George Friedman

and Stratfor

“Stratfor was miles ahead of CNN and all the other media.... A private quasi-CIA, Stratfor has enjoyed an increasing vogue in recent years as a result of the heady forecasts and many newsbreaks.... The website has a huge underground following, dating back to the 1999 Kosovo war.” —Barron’s

“Stratfor moved the financial markets all by itself when it reported that a Russian envoy was en route to Baghdad to negotiate peace with the Iraqis.... There is a temptation, when you are around George Friedman, to treat him like a Magic 8-Ball.”

The New York Times Magazine

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George Friedman discusses his bestseller THE NEXT 100 YEARS