Foreign Policy

If World Slips Toward War, Blame Leaders' Imaginations

Stratfor founder George Friedman's six-year-old geopolitical forecasts are more scary now.

Loving the maps.

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When George Friedman, founder of the geopolitical intelligence firm Stratfor, published a book of predictions for the 21st century in 2009, a lot of it read like comedy. It no longer does: Regardless of whether Friedman got his specific forecasts right, old-fashioned geopolitics is making a comeback in the very countries he named as key players for his vision of the future.

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