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 …

Stratfor: The U.S.-European Relationship, Then and Now

By George Friedman, Founder and Chairman, Stratfor I am writing this from Greece, having spent the past week in Europe and having moved among various capitals. Most discussions I’ve had in my travels concern U.S. President Barack Obama’s failure to move decisively against Syria and how Russian President Vladimir Putin outmatched him. Of course, the …