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“Conventional analysis suffers from a profound failure of imagination. It imagines passing clouds to be permanent and is blind to powerful, long-term shifts taking place in full view of the world.” —George Friedman
In his long-awaited and provocative new book, George Friedman turns his eye on the future—offering a lucid, highly readable forecast of the changes we can expect around the world during the twenty-first century. He explains where and why future wars will erupt (and how they will be fought), which nations will gain and lose economic and political power, and how new technologies and cultural trends will alter the way we live in the new century.
The Next 100 Years draws on a fascinating exploration of history and geopolitical patterns dating back hundreds of years. Friedman shows that we are now, for the first time in half a millennium, at the dawn of a new era—with changes in store, including:
• The U.S.-Jihadist war will conclude—replaced by a second full-blown cold war with Russia.
• China will undergo a major extended internal crisis, and Mexico will emerge as an important world power.
• A new global war will unfold toward the middle of the century between the United States and an unexpected coalition from Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and the Far East; but armies will be much smaller and wars will be less deadly.
• Technology will focus on space—both for major military uses and for a dramatic new energy resource that will have radical environmental implications.
• The United States will experience a Golden Age in the second half of the century.
Written with the keen insight and thoughtful analysis that has made George Friedman a renowned expert in geopolitics and forecasting, The Next 100 Years presents a fascinating picture of what lies ahead.
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“There is a temptation, when you are around George Friedman, to treat him like a Magic 8-Ball.” —New York Times Magazine
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Praise for America’s Secret War
“Friedman … has a record of clear-eyed thinking. He has the unusual ability to view events through the eyes of not only American but also foreign leaders. There’s no posturing or rhetoric with Mr. Friedman: He approaches problems like a policymaker forced to select from an unappetizing menu of options … Since 9/11, there’s been a continuous flow of books on American foreign policy, terrorism, Iraq, and the Arab and Islamic worlds. Most are forgettable; few have the power and insight of George Friedman’s taut and smartly argued America’s Secret War.” —New York Observer
“Most of us perhaps feel satiated by books on Iraq and the Middle East. Mr. Friedman’s work warrants the investment of an evening of careful reading.” —Washington Times
“Friedman’s book is fascinating reading for those interested in more than simplistic arguments.” —Flint Journal
“It delivers a clearer, deeper, and subtler understanding of the post-9/11 world than we will ever get from listening to the cacophony of talking heads on television.” —Booklist
“One of the country’s leading strategic affairs experts.” —Lou Dobbs
“There are some brilliant apercus to be found in these pages.” —James Neuger; Bloomberg
“The Next 100 Years is fascinating because of its dismissal of the conventional wisdom.” —New York Post
“In such a fast-moving world, it’s a pretty audacious task to predict our geopolitical future. Friedman is the first to admit anything’s possible. But his theories for the 21st century and the reasoning behind them are intriguing.” --Baltimore Sun