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The next 100 years April 18, 2009

Filed under: books,Economy,Video — Bertil Snel @ 21:57

41-nfq85byl_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_aa240_sh20_ou01_Most people find it difficult to predict what they will have for dinner tonight – George Friedman has a stab at the next 100 years.

George pulls a few surprises and interesting suggestions. Consider these:

2020 – fragmentation of China.
2050 – Global war between US, Turkey, Poland and Japan (the new world powers)
2080 – “Space based energy” powers the world
2100 – Mexico challenges the US

Mind you, George Friedman is not your average Nostradamus. George is chief intelligence officer and founder of Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor), a private intelligence agency whose clients include foreign government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

Without giving away too many clues of the book a number of other predictions:

– The US will remain the prime global power throughout the next century.
– Wars will be less deadly and fought in space rather then on earth.
– Turkey and Japan will become regional powerhouses as Russia and China decline.
– The US will develop three space-based weapons platforms, which Friedman calls “Battle Stars”
– By 2050, Friedman sees Japan pulling a Pearl Harbor-esque strike against the Battle Stars

The Next 100 Years presents a fascinating picture of what lies ahead.