George Friedman is Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, a company launched in December 2015 and focused on geopolitical forecasting and analysis. In May 2015 Dr. Friedman resigned from Stratfor, a company he founded in 1996. He is the author of the bestselling books, Flashpoints, The Next Decade and The Next 100 Years, with his prescient predictions of the decline of the European Union and the rising tension between Russia and the West and their struggle over Ukraine and borderland countries. Dr Friedman's other books on warfare and intelligence include America's Secret War, The Future of War and The Intelligence Edge. A very popular keynote speaker for his insights into the changing global scene, Dr Friedman is in high demand at numerous conferences and industry-specific events in the United States. He is also frequently invited to speak internationally. Dr Friedman received his Bachelor's degree from the City College of the City University of New York and holds a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.