George Friedman

Featuring George Friedman

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.

Published on
10 July, 2015
Topic
Politics, Europe, China
Duration
43 minutes
Rating
34

Comments

  • RL

    Russell L.

    8 3 2016 21:04

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    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 9 2015 06:16

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    Congratulations, RV. I continue to be amazed by these excellent interviews. Thanks again.

  • TW

    Thomas W.

    30 7 2015 18:49

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    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 7 2015 09:02

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    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 7 2015 02:41

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    Grant did a wonderful job. Thanks for the interview

  • sp

    shashwat p.

    22 7 2015 02:29

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    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 7 2015 18:52

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    So simple, so obvious, vintage George.

  • KE

    Kenan E.

    21 7 2015 16:18

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    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 7 2015 08:06

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    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 7 2015 23:37

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    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 7 2015 22:25

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    Very insightful man but ultimately he is ex-CIA/ NSA as are the other writers at Stratfor

  • HS

    Hubert S.

    15 7 2015 06:05

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    How about interviewing f.e. Paul Craig Roberts as sort of an antidote to Friedman´s "smugperialism"?

  • SL

    Stephen L.

    14 7 2015 12:16

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    Interesting how negative many of the comments are compared to the strongly positive response of the "thump section"

  • MG

    Mandeep G.

    13 7 2015 18:01

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    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 7 2015 12:40

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    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 7 2015 12:38

    4       1

    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 7 2015 12:37

    4       1

    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 7 2015 10:08

    4       2

    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 7 2015 06:54

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    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 7 2015 04:13

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    pay more attention and look into what our "leaders" are doing dispassionately but rationally

  • GR

    Guido R.

    12 7 2015 04:12

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    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 7 2015 04:10

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    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 7 2015 04:07

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    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 7 2015 04:05

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    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 7 2015 04:03

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    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 7 2015 04:01

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    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 7 2015 03:59

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    @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 7 2015 14:12

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    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 7 2015 09:49

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    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 7 2015 07:36

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    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 7 2015 05:56

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    ISIS appear to be coincidentally useful threats too... Do you believe in coincidences?

  • GR

    Guido R.

    11 7 2015 05:55

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    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 7 2015 05:53

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    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 7 2015 05:50

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    ...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 7 2015 03:21

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    Mostly nonsense from a guy who was hacked .

  • ra

    robert a.

    10 7 2015 22:24

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    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 7 2015 21:01

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    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 7 2015 17:41

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    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 7 2015 17:22

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    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 7 2015 15:32

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    I don't agree with most of what was said but I appreciate hearing the establishment view on all of the current geopolitical issues.