The Next Decade What the World Will Look Like The author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Next Years now focuses his geopolitical forecasting acumen on the next decade and the imminent events and challenges that will test Americ

  • Title: The Next Decade: What the World Will Look Like
  • Author: George Friedman
  • ISBN: 9780385532945
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Next 100 Years now focuses his geopolitical forecasting acumen on the next decade and the imminent events and challenges that will test America and the world, specifically addressing the skills that will be required by the decade s leaders The next ten years will be a time of massive transition The wars in the IsThe author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Next 100 Years now focuses his geopolitical forecasting acumen on the next decade and the imminent events and challenges that will test America and the world, specifically addressing the skills that will be required by the decade s leaders The next ten years will be a time of massive transition The wars in the Islamic world will be subsiding, and terrorism will become something we learn to live with China will be encountering its crisis We will be moving from a time when financial crises dominate the world to a time when labor shortages will begin to dominate The new century will be taking shape in the next decade In The Next Decade, George Friedman offers readers a pro vocative and endlessly fascinating prognosis for the immedi ate future Using Machiavelli s The Prince as a model, Friedman focuses on the world s leaders particularly the American president and with his trusted geopolitical insight analyzes the complex chess game they will all have to play The book also asks how to be a good president in a decade of extraordinary challenge, and puts the world s leaders under a microscope to explain how they will arrive at the decisions they will make and the consequences these actions will have for us all.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. This book is not quite what its cover leads the unsuspecting buyer to believe it will be. The cover underplays the book's US-centricity, and although the whole world does come in for consideration at some point, it's all from a US point of view. Happily I was fine with that; others may not be.Friedman begins by trying to make the case that the US has an empire, and it's arguable whether he succeeds. I must admit that, being a Brit, I bristled at the suggestion - a reaction that exposes a hithert [...]

    2. STRATFOR is a political think tank that gained prominence after Anonymous hacked its servers and spewed out its exceedingly boring dossiers onto the uncaring public. Its director, George Friedman, also wrote a book called THE NEXT 100 YEARS which contained such fantastic prediction as that in the year 2060, Japanese schoolgirl ninjas and Polish Space Marines would build a giant moon laser and sunburn half of the USA. One tends to wonder a bit how these scenarios get created, although it's probab [...]

    3. This book learned me how mega trends, technology, demography, resources, wars, and foreign political actions are being observed and analyzed from American politicians perspective. Although Friedman admits that America has some moral hypothesis that must maintain, but he confess that it must use all imperial power resources it possess to prevent any potential rival from competing its global role in both short and long terms. As a Moslem-Arabic, i have to highlight two things about this book to tw [...]

    4. I like the way Friedman said something like the leaders of today can be taught yesterday (not his exact words, these are mine.)From 8,000 BCE to now, from empires to states, from theocracy to democracy, the world has changed again and again, and will continue to change, for better or for worse.The way we know how toprogress and notretrogress is by looking to the past and seeing how we can better the future.For example (these are my own examples since I don't want to spoil:)The majority of the em [...]

    5. The author makes a bold and unshakable declaration: America is an imperial empire and that's a fact. Also America could lose itself as a Republic.The author is CEO of Stratfor, which does intelligence analysis for the CIA and the multinationals. So the opinions in this book count for something.He gives the big picture that faces America abroad. It is simple power and balance of power. He states that this country is always striving to set other countries at each other so they cannot combine again [...]

    6. While the work already feels somewhat dated, there are nonetheless lots of useful observations about the near past that can inform us about the near future.

    7. I am glad to have found this author who is a very insightful foreign policy thinker. He looks at foreign policy through Machiavellian spectacles and examines the forces that will shape the world going forward and gives interesting directives for the would-be President of the United States in exerting power around the world while maneuvering through national political discussions.The book starts with a short history primer and notes the current political realities. It then assesses each geographi [...]

    8. Once again, I don't generally give higher reviews than the average. In fact, I'm not sure it's happened apart from George Friedman books. After the acclaim heaped on his book The Next 100 years Friedman, felt compelled to write one that focused more on the short term. This is how he gives us The Next Decade. Again, I'm astonished by Friedman's ability to extract the signal from the noise. He seems to use all the information anyone has available to them it manages to come to different and entirel [...]

    9. Have you ever played the board game Risk? The game board is a map of the world partitioned into different colored continents, subdivided into countries. Each player places their armies on different countries, battles their opponents, and conquers territory with the ultimate goal of taking over the entire world. The difficult decisions are where to place your armies and who to engage in battle. Reading George Friedman's The Next Decade reminded of Risk, but instead of being a game, it's real life [...]

    10. I really enjoy Mr. Friedman's books. His approach in predicting future events is based on historical analysis of all kinds. I learn history and details about every region of the world. There are reasons, backed up by data and sound precedents, why America should stay out of Africa politically and only send humanitarian aid, why we should chill out about border wars with Mexico, why friendly terms with Korea, Singapore and Australia are a good idea, and why we need to keep a sharp eye on Turkey, [...]

    11. If anyone is as "involuntarily" power hungry as the book wants to make the US, it is given that our world will continue to move towards more wars and an eventual doom. The book's main point is exactly opposite - that the best way for world peace is for US to subjugate others, decide everyone's fate and make sure others do not become friends with each other. Of course, the book assumes that despite its open advocation, the US can stealthily implement these policies and the rest of the world will [...]

    12. Less bonkers than his "The Next 100 Years", but still abounding with cringe-worthy statements. A choice example: Friedman recommends continuing sending aid to Africa not because it will do anything to help the Africans but because it will burnish the image of the U.S. internationally; he then follows that up with, "It is possible that [aid] will do some harm, as many aid programs have had unintended and negative consequences, but the gesture would redound to America's benefit, and at relatively [...]

    13. I read this book following The Next 100 years by the same author and I'm glad I did - panning out before zooming in is how I tend to view complex scenarios; also the author references in this book geopolitical concepts that are outlined in detail in The Next 100 years. His description of the often conflicting responsibilities of the president of a republic and leader of an empire was intriguing. His foreign policy recommendations per region included mini history lessons and were fascinating. The [...]

    14. I go this book at the airport thinking it was by the same guy who wrote "The World is Flat", that was Thomas Friedman. It was a surprisingly interesting book and everything that he predicts over the next decade (well now more like 8 yrs) seems realistic. Now I am reading The Next 100 years which was actually written before this, so it is like seeing Prometheus before Alien (kindof)

    15. Great for someone who wants to study the geopolitical role of USA and also wants to know some general facts concerning regional or possible regional powers

    16. A worthy follow up to the next 100 years written in the unbiased, unemotional, data-based, and calculated method that I have come to appreciate from the STRATFOR founder. Very interesting prologue when he describes that predicting a century is much easier than predicting a decade. The short term actions of men are difficult to predict, whether by mistake, stroke of genius, etc But these actions tend to become averaged out in the long run when considering the larger subtle shifts over time. As Ma [...]

    17. Friedman is an outstanding writer with an excellent grasp of his subject. Yet, his perspective is one of a veteran geopolitical insider and, at times, it is woefully out of touch with the socio-political-economic emergencies of the world today.Friedman's strengths are his breadth and depth of knowledge, and his accessible and engaging style. The author covers a lot of ground in TND, spanning power centers and flash points around the globe, and while the book was written to address the 2011 to 20 [...]

    18. "We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent." --Ronald ReaganThis is the challenge for the American president as we enter the next decade. He must move with misdirection in order not to create concern in Moscow or Berlin that might make those governments increase the intensity of their relationship before the United States can create a structure to limit it. At the same time, the United States must reassure Poland and other countries of the seriousness of its commitment to t [...]

    19. "The Next Decade" is essentially George Friedman trying to be a modern day Machiavelli, with some geopolitical analysis thrown in. I learned a lot from the geopolitical parts, but the Machiavelli parts came off as forced and could be taken out. The main thesis of this book is that the US is unquestionably an empire (thank you Captain Obvious). The most effective way for it to maintain its power is through a series of regional balances of power, making sure no one gets powerful enough to challeng [...]

    20. Beginning with the Obama presidency makes Friedman’s conjecture a little dated, but no less profound as a reference for current events. For example, his description of our meddling in the Georgian presidential election a decade ago throws new light, and much needed perspective, on Russian meddling in ours last year. Reflection on the similarities between the two events led me to rethink the Trump camp’s role in our election.

    21. Geopolitinių šachmatų partija, kurioje aprašoma/analizuojama paskutinių 100 metų JAV ėjimai ir nagrinėjama bandoma spėlioti ateinančio šimtmečio galimi ėjimai. Knyga parašyta 2011 metai, todėl nemažai bandomų nuspėti įvykių jau įvyko, todėl truputėli bauginančiai nuteikia ateinančio 10-mečio prognozės, žinant kas dabar yra JAV prezidentas.

    22. Educational read on how the US approaches its Foreign Policy. I very much enjoyed the breakdown of key relationships.Friedman seems quite tied to the idea of the US as an empire, which many disagree with.One negative is that, at times, the book seems to drag a little with some repetition.

    23. A bit ruthless, and totally centered in the US despite the title of the book.Nevertheless, it presents quite a number of hard truths in an accesible way.

    24. A nearer term discussion of his previous 100 year projections. Still stimulating and enjoyable with obviously more detail about our current times.

    25. Now I feel like this book was written as an instruction manual for the next decade for the US President. Similar content to his "The next 100 years", but just, of course, narrower range.

    26. Good description of the American Empire and how the strategists that operate the empire see the current chessboard layout.However, "The Next Decade" makes a giant glaring omission --- I wonder if Washington's strategists make the same omission: The US is not the only one playing empire.The US is the only nation today with Imperial reach, but any of the regional powers (Russia, Germany, Iran, India, Brazil, Japan, China) are certainly strategizing how they can outmaneuver the US.The future empire [...]

    27. When I was an undergraduate I majored in International Relations. This book is a projection (originally published in 2011) of best prospects for US diplomatic policies. There was always a debate between the policy realists and the policy idealists. I found those arguments stylized and pointless. Much of Friedman's discussions are like that.There are some good parts of the book and some very weak ones. I think you have to assume a couple of things to buy all of his ideas. First, and most importan [...]

    28. I'd previously read "The Next 100 Years" by the same author. This closer look at the next decade by the same author was less interesting, more repetitive and in its exhortations to the president of the United States to scheme and manipulate to protect the U.S. empire it was also somewhat depressing. Like the "The Next 100 Years", this book peers through a monochromatic geopolitical lense at the world. In this world, the U.S. must manage world affairs, prevent the rise of serious competitors thro [...]

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