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The Next Decade: Empire and Republic in a Changing World Paperback – January 10, 2012
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“A must-read.” —The Washington Times
“Delivered in an engaging style and with no little dramatic flourish . . . [The Next Decade should] find a wide and receptive popular audience.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Friedman . . . has the unusual ability to view events through the eyes of not only American but also foreign leaders.” —New York Observer
“There is a temptation, when you are around George Friedman, to treat him like a Magic 8-Ball.” —The New York Times Magazine
“Considering how right [Friedman]’s been over the years, he’s worth listening to.” —San Antonio Express-News
“Predictions have made George Friedman a hot property these days.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Well-researched and compelling.” —Publishers Weekly
“Expect the unexpected. . . . He can see without the crystal ball.” —Newsweek
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His real deal however is that for years he would brief senior commanders in the armed services, and you can't blow smoke when you do this. People simply get onto you, and they do not suffer fools gladly. For years now, he has run Stratfor which is a think tank specializing in intelligence matters. They also have a paid subscription service for those who are interested in current, cutting edge information on geo-political matters. He has authored more than a half dozen books, all of which have been profoundly interesting and what I call page-turners.
In this book, The Next Decade, Friedman only goes out ten years in time compared to his previous work when he went out 100 years. It is the author's contention that with the demise of the Soviet Union, the United States has become pre-eminent in the world militarily, politically, economically, and no one is even close. We have become an EMPIRE like it or not. Now we may be an Empire that doesn't like being an Empire similar to ancient Rome or Great Britain in the 19th century, but it doesn't change facts, and the facts are we are what we are.Read more ›
Friedman's central thrust is this: America is an accidental empire - like it or hate it, the world must deal with it - and it is thus in the United States' best interest to maintain the "balance of power" at all costs.
The balance of power is predicated on status quo. When you are at the top of the heap (as America is in Friedman's view), any major shifts threaten to destabilize the top dog's position. As the British and Roman empires did before it, the American empire must anticipate and prevent such shifts, blocking up-and-comers from excessive power accumulation.
As Friedman sees it, a century is about events but a decade is about people. The main actor over the next ten years will be the POTUS, or President of the United States. In his role as shaper of strategy and manager of expectations, the POTUS must act as a classic "prince" in the Machiavelli mold.
This role also involves double-dealing with the populace, in terms of appearing to meet unreasonable demands (such as overwhelming focus on the war on terrorism) while actually focusing on more critical things (behind-the-scenes issues too nuanced or complicated to explain).
To safeguard America's interests, Friedman endorses what one might call an enlightened amorality - doing what is necessary for the sake of the greater good. Friedman argues for a middle ground between the idealists and the realists, pointing out unworkable flaws at both extremes. The idealists are ill-equipped to function in the real world, while the realists find themselves lost without a guiding moral compass.Read more ›
Friedman argues that the United States is now an empire in that we can "rarely take a step without threatening some nation or benefiting another," and that we have an effect on so many countries--in some cases the impact is huge.
The author is concerned that America will lose the soul of its republic, and describes the type of president the country will need in order to balance the demands of empire with the retention of the republic, and showed how Lincoln, FDR, and Reagan balanced various demands in the past in order to further America's best interest.
The Middle East was the central focus of attention for our foreign policy in the last decade, and Friedman puts forth proposed solutions for relations with Israel and Iran in the new decade. He supports a balance of power approach that prevents coalitions from forming against U.S. interests and avoids the necessity of America becoming bogged down in any one region of the world, and also offers his opinion concerning the viability of the total elimination of the threat from terrorists.Read more ›
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Loved this as much or more than The Next 100 Years, and I loved that a lot. (Well, I loved the first half - sort of skipped the sci-fi part, since I'll be dead before then). Read morePublished 2 months ago by blowfly13
George Friedman is an American political scientist. He is also the founder of STRATFOR, a private intelligence and forecasting company that provides information to many important... Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
Good analysis of the United States' role as an unwilling empire.Published 3 months ago by Ralph Gonzalez
Amazing, and an excellent companion to his "Next 100 Years" book.Published 3 months ago by Robert Nova
Love these books, if you read this be sure to read "The Next 100Years"!Published 5 months ago by Lewis F. Franklin