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Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe.
A major new book by New York Times bestselling author and geopolitical forecaster George Friedman (The Next 100 Years) with a bold thesis about coming events in Europe, this provocative work examines ‘flashpoints’—unique geopolitical hotspots where tensions have erupted throughout history—and why conflict is due to emerge again.
“There is a temptation, when you are around George Friedman, to treat him like a Magic 8-Ball.” —The New York Times Magazine
With uncanny accuracy, George Friedman has forecasted coming trends in global politics, technology, population, and culture. Now, in Flashpoints, he focuses on the continent that was the cultural and power nexus of the world for five-hundred years: Europe. Analyzing the historical fault lines that have existed for centuries within the borderlands of Europe and Russia–which have been the hotbed of numerous catastrophic wars–Friedman walks readers through the flashpoints that are smoldering once again. The modern-day European Union was crafted in large part to minimize these built-in geopolitical tensions, but as Friedman shows with a mix of fascinating history and provocative cultural analysis, that design is failing. Flashpoints is George Friedman’s most timely book, delivering an unflinching forecast for the coming years.
About the author:
George Friedman is the Chairman and founder of Stratfor, the world’s leading private intelligence company. He is frequently called upon as a media expert in intelligence and international geopolitics, and is the author of six books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Next Decade and The Next 100 Years. He lives in Austin, Texas.
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3 thoughts on “George Friedman – Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe”
Absolutely true. I remember reading Romanian History from manuals printed in the 50’s and I was always amused to read between the lines what really happened in spite of authors’ effort to give the facts an ideological slant. 🙂
Mihai, I don’t trust Stratfor either. But that does not mean that one cannot try to ‘read between the lines’. After all, we have learned to do that quite well under communism.
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Careful who you listen to. Stratfor is a private intelligence company. Guess who are their main client? CIA and the US government in general. People forget that the role of intelligence organization is not only to discover, influence and subvert, but also to disinform.
Whatever George Friedman says, he is paid millions for it by some very interested and based parties. I would not trust one iota of what he says.
Here is an example: Stratfor, sometimes dubbed a shadow CIA, came under fire recently after a leaked document prepared for an oil company outlined ways to counter activist groups, such as Greenpeace, who oppose Canada’s oil sands development.