Stratfor: China’s Inevitable Changes

by Vice President of Asia-Pacific Analysis Rodger Baker and Asia-Pacific Analyst John Minnich The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China will convene its Third Plenum meeting Nov. 9. During the three-day session, President Xi Jinping’s administration will outline core reforms to guide its policymaking for the next decade. The Chinese government would have …

Stratfor: Geopolitical Intelligence, Political Journalism and ‘Wants’ vs ‘Needs’

By David D. Judson, editor-in-chief, Stratfor Just last week, the question came again. It is a common one, sometimes from a former colleague in newspaperdom, sometimes from a current colleague here at Stratfor and often from a reader. It is always to the effect of, “Why┬áis Stratfor so often out of sync with the news …

Stratfor: U.S. Foreign Policy from the Founders’ Perspective

By George Friedman, Founder and Chairman, Stratfor Last week I discussed how the Founding Fathers might view the American debt crisis and the government shutdown. This week I thought it would be useful to consider how the founders might view foreign policy. I argued that on domestic policy they had clear principles, but unlike their …

Stratfor: Debt Crisis from the Founders’ Perspective

By George Friedman, Founder and Chairman, Stratfor The U.S. government is paralyzed, and we now face the possibility that the United States will default on its debt. Congress is unable to resolve the issue, and President Obama is as obstinate as the legislators who oppose him. To some extent, our political system is functioning as …

The Roots of the Government Shutdown

By George Friedman, Founder and Chairman, Stratfor In general, Stratfor deals with U.S. domestic politics only to the extent that it affects international affairs. Certainly, this topic has been argued and analyzed extensively. Nevertheless, the shutdown of the American government is a topic that must be understood from our point of view, because it raises …