George Friedman is the founder and CEO of Stratfor, a private intelligence agency. He has written extensively on geopolitics and international affairs. His views are highly sought after and controversial. Friedman believes that the world is in a state of flux, with new powers emerging while others decline. He sees the United States as in decline, with China rising. Friedman is not optimistic about the future, predicting more conflict and strife.
Friedman is a proponent of realism in international relations theory. He believes that states are motivated by power and self-interest and that they will always act in their own best interests. Friedman also believes that states will always act in their own self-interest and that alliances are formed only when it is mutually beneficial for both parties involved.
He believes that geography is the most important factor in determining a country’s foreign policy.