The Next Decade
Empire and Republic in a Changing World
By George Friedman
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780307476395, 272pp.)
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
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The bestselling author of The Next 100 Years sharpens his focus to the next ten years, specifically the political shifts that will take place, the decisions that will be made, the consequences of those decisions, and how the American president will acknowledge and manage the fact that the United States has become an empire.
In the long view, history is seen as a series of events—but the course of those events is determined by individuals and their actions. During the next ten years, individual leaders will face significant transitions for their nations: the United States’ relationships with Iran and Israel will be undergoing changes, China will likely confront a major crisis, and the wars in the Islamic world will subside. Unexpected energy and technology developments will emerge, and labor shortages will begin to matter more than financial crises. Distinguished geopolitical forecaster George Friedman analyzes these events from the perspectives of the men and women leading these global changes, focusing in particular on the American president, who will require extraordinary skills to shepherd the United States through this transitional period. The Next Decade is a provocative and fascinating look at the conflicts and opportunities that lie ahead.
George Friedman is the CEO 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 bestseller The Next 100 Years, as well as numerous articles on national security, information warfare, and the intelligence business. He lives in Austin, Texas.
“A must-read.” —The Washington Times
“Delivered in an engaging style and with no little dramatic flourish . . . [The Next Decade should] find a wide and receptive popular audience.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Friedman . . . has the unusual ability to view events through the eyes of not only American but also foreign leaders.” —New York Observer
“There is a temptation, when you are around George Friedman, to treat him like a Magic 8-Ball.” —The New York Times Magazine
“Considering how right [Friedman]’s been over the years, he’s worth listening to.” —San Antonio Express-News
“Predictions have made George Friedman a hot property these days.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Well-researched and compelling.” —Publishers Weekly
“Expect the unexpected. . . . He can see without the crystal ball.” —Newsweek