New York Times bestselling author and geopolitical forecaster George Friedman delivers a fascinating portrait of modern-day Europe, with special focus on significant political, cultural, and geographical flashpoints where the conflicts of the past are smoldering once again. For the past five hundred years, Europe has been the nexus of global culture and power. But throughout most of that history, most European countries have also been volatile and unstable-some even ground zero for catastrophic wars. As Friedman explores the continent's history region by region, he examines the centuries-long struggles for power and territory among the empires of Spain, Britain, Germany, and Russia that have led to present-day crises: economic instability in Greece; breakaway states threatening the status quo in Spain, Belgium, and the United Kingdom; and a rising tide of migrants disrupting social order in many EU countries. Readers will gain a new understanding of the current and historical forces at work-and a new appreciation of how valuable and fragile peace can be.
"There is a temptation, when you are around George Friedman, to treat him like a Magic 8-Ball." - The New York Times Magazine "In Flashpoints , Friedman combines analysis with prophecy. . . . Some personal biography woven into poignant narratives helps reveal how geography and history have always shaped Europe's future." - Winnipeg Free Press "One of the country's leading strategic affairs experts." -Lou Dobbs "Considering how right [Friedman's] been over the years, he's worth listening to." - San Antonio Express-News "Insightful. . . . Friedman vividly describes a region where memories are long, perceived vulnerabilities are everywhere, and major threats have emerged rapidly and unexpectedly many times before." - Publishers Weekly
Dr. George Friedman ist Gründer und Leiter des weltweit führenden privaten Informationsdienstes Stratfor. Er hat zahlreiche Bücher und Artikel zu den Themen Sicherheitspolitik, Nachrichtenwesen und Technologie veröffentlicht. Als renommierter Experte für internationale Geopolitik ist er regelmäßig in führenden US-Medien wie auch international präsent, unter anderem im Fernsehen, im Time Magazine, im Wall Street Journal und im New York Times Magazine.