George Friedman

Published on
July 10th, 2015
43 minutes

George Friedman

The Interview ·
Featuring George Friedman

Published on: July 10th, 2015 • Duration: 43 minutes

George Friedman, Founder of Stratfor Global Intelligence, sits for a fascinating discussion on the tectonic shifts in European geopolitics as a new map of Europe begins to emerge. George explains the new lines being drawn in Eastern Europe, shares his thoughts on UK politics, and explains the likely effect of 'Grexit' on an EU composed of countries without cultural or moral commitment to the treaty.


  • SH
    Stephen H.
    4 March 2019 @ 03:40
    Excellent interview Grant, time for a re-fresher with Mr Friedman for 2019 onwards?
  • RL
    Russell L.
    8 March 2016 @ 21:04
    North Korea's survival is "cool" and violating freedom during the permawar is justified. It's moments like those where realpolitik sounds awfully empty. Otherwise great interview.
  • SJ
    Suzanne J.
    3 September 2015 @ 06:16
    Congratulations, RV. I continue to be amazed by these excellent interviews. Thanks again.
  • TW
    Thomas W.
    30 July 2015 @ 18:49
    He's an apologist for those who make a religion of swatting hornet's nests and then violate privacy and steal freedom in the name of protecting us from hornet stings. STOP THE $@&*#!% SWATTING.
  • SP
    Simon P.
    24 July 2015 @ 09:02
    One minute in, the assumption that Russia and Germany are weakening visa vi Poland.?? Relative to who?? The US? Think he's got Post Traumatic Hack syndrome.
  • sp
    shashwat p.
    22 July 2015 @ 02:41
    Grant did a wonderful job. Thanks for the interview
  • sp
    shashwat p.
    22 July 2015 @ 02:29
    All this talk of the carriers reminds me of the french digging ditches and building walls during the WW2, right before the blitzkrieg
  • KC
    Ken C.
    21 July 2015 @ 18:52
    So simple, so obvious, vintage George.
  • KE
    Kenan E.
    21 July 2015 @ 16:18
    The part on Snowden really upset me. Ed Snowden is a hero since he risked his life to publish the illegal methods of the NSA (Even under US law). What the NSA is doing is completely outrageous!!!
  • LV
    Luís V.
    20 July 2015 @ 08:06
    A primer on Realism. The way He dumbed down all the big players in the XXI world we live is telling. Maybe He still lives in the 50/60´s?
  • RA
    Robert A.
    15 July 2015 @ 23:37
    That China Aircraft carrier sure looks pretty....who knew that it isn't "effective" yet?......perhaps it could be the subject of a N Korea "war game" exercise?
  • JD
    John D.
    15 July 2015 @ 22:25
    Very insightful man but ultimately he is ex-CIA/ NSA as are the other writers at Stratfor
  • HS
    Hubert S.
    15 July 2015 @ 06:05
    How about interviewing f.e. Paul Craig Roberts as sort of an antidote to Friedman´s "smugperialism"?
  • SL
    Stephen L.
    14 July 2015 @ 12:16
    Interesting how negative many of the comments are compared to the strongly positive response of the "thump section"
  • MG
    Mandeep G.
    13 July 2015 @ 18:01
    Maybe useful as a viewpoint of an American who has some access to US security circles (do not confuse with seat at the table). But George Friedman's is not as credible a viewpoint as stated.
  • KS
    Kashyap S.
    13 July 2015 @ 12:40
    Hunt for Al-Qaeda vs privacy: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." -Benjaim Franklin, a Founding Father of the US
  • KS
    Kashyap S.
    13 July 2015 @ 12:38
    Everyone does not know that the NSA is spying on them. People have regular jobs and a life beyond following the antics of the numerous govt busybodies in their midst. Snowden did a great job.
  • KS
    Kashyap S.
    13 July 2015 @ 12:37
    Please don't vent your ire on RVTV for interviewing such guys. It's very important to know what the political scum think of the ordinary citizen.
  • DS
    David S.
    12 July 2015 @ 10:08
    Sorry, I cannot even bring myself to watch this man. If I were to say any more it would be libelous.
  • CE
    Christopher E.
    12 July 2015 @ 06:54
    GF's views here, as always, based on a balance of history, geo constraints, national capabilities and balance of probabilities that reflect current and medium term realities. Solid and reliable stuff.
  • GR
    Guido R.
    12 July 2015 @ 04:13
    pay more attention and look into what our "leaders" are doing dispassionately but rationally
  • GR
    Guido R.
    12 July 2015 @ 04:12
    that the West seems hell bent on re-establishing today... with surprising success I might add... regardless of where you stand on the Snowden issue, dismissing him as a traitor is too facile. We shoul
  • GR
    Guido R.
    12 July 2015 @ 04:10
    forgotten this of course, but the main reason Europeans emigrated to the USA in the late 1800s was just this presumption of liberty that drew the masses out of a feudalistic and oppressive system
  • GR
    Guido R.
    12 July 2015 @ 04:07
    consisted in spying on everyone just so the security apparatus may have a file on anyone... thus enabling the criminalisation of everyone if needed. Ergo, guilty till proven innocent. You may have
  • GR
    Guido R.
    12 July 2015 @ 04:05
    that Snowden signed up knowing he was going to betray. Very likely, Snowden starter out believing he was working to identify criminals and terrorists but then found out that, in fact, most of the work
  • GR
    Guido R.
    12 July 2015 @ 04:03
    and ISIS are certainly financed and trained by the West. With regards to my objection to Friedman's opinion that Snowden is a traitor because he disregarded a pledge he signed, Mr. Friedmann presumes
  • GR
    Guido R.
    12 July 2015 @ 04:01
    Azione Diretta and the Bader gang were financed an manipulated by Gladio for the purpose of terrorising the population. Thousdands were killed in Italy alone. Similarly, today we know Al Qaeda
  • GR
    Guido R.
    12 July 2015 @ 03:59
    @Joris... Gladio is no conspiracy. Transcripts of court proceedings are there for anyone to read as are the confessions of the leaders and officers of Gladio. Today we know the Red Brigades,...
  • GC
    Gary C.
    11 July 2015 @ 14:12
    Whether we agree with those that are interviewed, that we get to listen up close and personal to our journalists (R& G) posing questions to the list of oracles or trolls is amazing. Fantasies trumped
  • HS
    Hubert S.
    11 July 2015 @ 09:49
    Really torn here: enjoyed Friedman´s frankness; made some very good points. OTOH hard to bear this US imperialist smugness with all its lies - unchallenged by Grant´s charming british politeness.
  • Jv
    Joris v.
    11 July 2015 @ 07:36
    Put down the Kool Aid Guido. Have a look at Maajid Nawaz, a former Islamist, if you want to understand the current jihadi problem a little better instead of finding solace in the conspiracy mindset.
  • GR
    Guido R.
    11 July 2015 @ 05:56
    ISIS appear to be coincidentally useful threats too... Do you believe in coincidences?
  • GR
    Guido R.
    11 July 2015 @ 05:55
    political ends. And, by the way, the reason Euro Politicians are "fixated on the Euro" clearly has everything to do with terrorising and threatening the populations of Europe and, lo, Al Qaeda and...
  • GR
    Guido R.
    11 July 2015 @ 05:53
    that the West finances and trains. Mr. Fridman obviously never heard of Gladio, the Red Brigades and the Bader Mainhof Gang of which Al Qaeda and ISIS are merely modern incarnations aiming at the same
  • GR
    Guido R.
    11 July 2015 @ 05:50
    ...mmmpphhh... some good points but falls on his face on the terrorism issue. Historian as he is, Mr. Friedman omits to point out that "the reality is created by the terrorism movement" ...
  • DU
    Don U.
    11 July 2015 @ 03:21
    Mostly nonsense from a guy who was hacked .
  • ra
    robert a.
    10 July 2015 @ 22:24
    I get very tired of yet another American justifying their endless war mentality to perpetuate their unipolar empire. Their view is right, everyone else is wrong.
  • TJ
    Terry J.
    10 July 2015 @ 21:01
    Excellent distillation of the Greek Euro conundrum. However I disagree on Russia, I agree with Marin Katusa's view in "The Colder War" that Putin has outsmarted the US in the energy war.
  • FS
    Frank S.
    10 July 2015 @ 17:41
    Perspective. George provides Perspective from a high altitude view of inexorable tectonic-plate level trends, which limit long-run choices of countries and their politicians.
  • GT
    Graham T.
    10 July 2015 @ 17:22
    As a Brit and a student of European History he is wrong. All of us here are between an economic German rock and a military Russian hard place, they will decide. The rest of us are bit players.
  • GM
    Gregor M.
    10 July 2015 @ 15:32
    I don't agree with most of what was said but I appreciate hearing the establishment view on all of the current geopolitical issues.