THE MORNING SHOW
American Political Scientist and Author of Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe
With remarkable accuracy, George Friedman has forecasted coming trends in global politics, technology, population, and culture. In Flashpoints, Friedman focuses on Europe—the world’s cultural and power nexus for the past five hundred years . . . until now. Analyzing the most unstable, unexpected, and fascinating borderlands of Europe and Russia—and the fault lines that have existed for centuries and have been ground zero for multiple catastrophic wars—Friedman highlights, in an unprecedentedly personal way, the flashpoints that are smoldering once again.
The modern-day European Union was crafted in large part to minimize built-in geopolitical tensions that historically have torn it apart. As Friedman demonstrates, with a mix of rich history and cultural analysis, that design is failing. Flashpoints narrates a living history of Europe and explains, with great clarity, its most volatile regions: the turbulent and ever-shifting land dividing the West from Russia (a vast area that currently includes Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania); the ancient borderland between France and Germany; and the Mediterranean, which gave rise to Judaism and Christianity and became a center of Islamic life.
Through Friedman’s seamless narrative of townspeople and rivers and villages, a clear picture of regions and countries and history begins to emerge. Flashpoints is an engrossing analysis of modern-day Europe, its remarkable past, and the simmering fault lines that have awakened and will be pivotal in the near future. This is George Friedman’s most timely and, ultimately, riveting book.
-George gives his opinion of tariffs; he’s not a free trade fanatic
-The myth that the U.S. is no longer a manufacturing power: George says we are still the largest manufacturing country in the world which sounds surprising as so much has been sent overseas. We have a large service economy. One out of 4 dollars is produced in the United States
-George talks about the muslims, Islam and politics; and how everything ties together. We’re intervening in one of the oldest civil wars in history. We ask George if we should even be there
-All eyes are on Italy; what’s going on over there? 4 banks have closed and the suicides are starting
and so much more!!!
george freeman and geo political futures, december 10, 2015