Geopolitical Futures presents...

April 5, 2017
at the Army and Navy Club, Washington, DC

An exclusive one-day summit to explore the deepest geopolitical insights on the United States’ rapidly changing relationships with key countries... what a Trump presidency means for trade, foreign policy, and America’s long-held position as global sheriff... and the legacy of the 2008 financial crisis.

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About The Conference

Dear Reader,

I invite you to join me in Washington, DC on April 5 for Geopolitical Futures’ inaugural conference, The Next 4 Years: The Role of the United States in the World.

The number of guests at this intimate conference is strictly limited to 80 as to encourage an unrestricted flow of information and ideas—and to give you the opportunity to meet me, my analysts, and our panel of esteemed speakers.

The conference takes place roughly three-quarters of the way through President Trump’s first 100 days—traditionally one of a president’s best opportunities to execute his agenda.

In any case, it is already clear that he aims to reshape foreign policy to make it more beneficial to the US.

His policy initiatives are stirring up fears of political chaos in some quarters and euphoria in others. It is in this uncertain and hazy environment that you must make important political, personal, and business decisions.

The Next 4 Years: The Role of the United States in the World will hold a light up to this haze. It will push beyond the noise of soundbites to the realities that are propelling change and dictating the events of the coming years.

At this event, you will...

Hear a faculty of highly respected and renowned experts discuss the key geopolitical issues facing the United States.

Connect with me, my analysts, our guest speakers, and fellow attendees with the same thirst for insight that goes beyond TV news and the gladiatorial arena of social media.

Join the conversation on where the next four years will lead us, geopolitically and economically.

I sincerely hope to meet you in Washington, DC on April 5.

Best regards,

George Friedman
George Friedman


We have assembled a roster of distinguished speakers for Geopolitical Futures’ inaugural conference. From experts in the worlds of geopolitics and defense, to specialists working in the trenches of their respective fields, to Geopolitical Futures analysts, the conference speakers are ideally positioned to strategize and debate the next four years.

Click on the photos below to learn more about each guest speaker. We will add more speakers as they are confirmed.

Agenda (subject to revision as speakers and events are confirmed)

The Next 4 Years: The Role of the United States in the World will stand apart from other conferences not just because of its strictly limited size and venerable panel of speakers, but also because of its format.

Rather than a program of 45-minute one-way presentations, the summit will be split into five sections: George Friedman’s keynote speech, plus four sessions with several experts and analysts. You can expect spirited debate and free-flowing discussion that investigates what truly matters right now... and what doesn’t.

7:30am – 9:00am

Breakfast and Registration

9:00am – 9:05am

Conference Welcome

9:05am – 9:45am

KeynoteDr. George Friedman: The World After 2008

Past is prologue, and when history tries to explain 2016 and 2017, it won’t look to Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, or Vladimir Putin. Instead, it will zoom in on 2008, a seminal year that heralded a change in how the world works: from dewy-eyed internationalism and interdependence to a new era of borders and barriers.

In his keynote speech, Dr. Friedman will explore questions including:

  • How did the events of 2008 fuel the re-emergence of nationalism?
  • What are the roots of the export crisis engulfing Germany, China, and others?
  • How are the Georgian War and the collapse of Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers inextricably linked?
  • Why is there a growing backlash against globalization, internationalism, and interdependence?
  • Will internationalism’s golden era—from 1945 to 2008—return or has it been consigned to history’s dustbin?
9:45am – 11:00am

SessionTransatlantic Drift: Changing Relations Between the United States and Europe

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is flatlining. The debate on the viability of NATO is becoming increasingly charged. And President Trump has said the European Union’s future doesn’t “matter much for the United States.” If the strong, enduring ties between Europe and the United States are fraying, the consequences for trade and security on both sides of the Atlantic could be momentous.

In this session, speakers will face the big issues head-on and address questions such as:

  • What does the future hold for an increasingly weakened European Union?
  • How will Germany’s burgeoning export problem affect the Union’s economic strength?
  • Will the Italian banking crisis spread across the continent, forcing the ECB to intervene?
  • Will the continuing refugee crisis drive stricter border controls?
  • Is NATO obsolete, and what does this mean for the United States’ relationship with Europe?
11:00am – 11:30am

30 Minute Networking Break

11:35am – 12:50pm

SessionAngry Bear: Russia’s Stormy Relations with the US

Russia is at the forefront of American minds more now than at any point since the Cold War thawed out. With propaganda wars, hyperbolic media coverage, and rumors of the US presidential election being manipulated, the question many have is: “What will Russia do next?”

In this session, speakers will probe important themes such as:

  • How are Russia’s power moves abroad a result of its domestic woes?
  • Can its ailing economy recover from the oil price shock?
  • What move will President Putin make next in the chess game playing out in Ukraine?
  • When will Russia seek to extricate itself from Syria?
  • Can the ruble recover from losing almost 50% of its value since July 2014?
12:50pm – 2:10pm

Buffet Lunch

2:15pm – 3:30pm

SessionMiddle East Morass: The Future of American Involvement in the Region

Much ink has been spilled on the role the United States will play in the world during the months and years ahead. Much of that ink has focused on the Middle East, a volatile region which so often serves as the graveyard of US presidents’ ambitions—from the Iran-Contra affair under Ronald Reagan’s watch to Barack Obama’s failed attempts to pull out of the region completely.

In this session, speakers will apply cool heads and analytics to questions including:

  • Will President Trump drastically change US policies in the Middle East?
  • What cooperation can we expect to see between the United States and Russia on the Islamic State question?
  • Are the post-World War I artificial boundaries that crisscrossed the region permanently erased?
  • What lies ahead for US relations with the four major powers in the region—Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Israel?
  • What role will the United States play in the twin theaters of Syria and Iraq?
3.30pm – 4:00pm

30 Minute Networking Break

4:05pm – 5:20pm

SessionQuelling the Dragon: A New Dawn in the US-China Relationship

Whether President Trump fires the first shots in a trade war by saddling a 45% import tariff on all Chinese goods remains to be seen. However, it is likely that the US will take robust and demanding steps in re-evaluating its ties with China, ushering in a new era in US-Chinese relations.

In this session, speakers will tackle issues including:

  • How will the US redefine its trade relationships with China?
  • What lies ahead for Chinese relations with the nations bordering the South and East China Seas?
  • How will Chinese naval capabilities evolve, and what effect will this have on the balance of power in the region?
  • What obstacles stand in the way of China’s path to economic normalization?
  • Will the United States’ much-telegraphed “pivot to Asia” gain momentum?
5:20pm – 5:30pm

10 Minute Break

5:35pm – 6:20pm

Closing Remarks

6.20pm – 8:00pm

Cocktail Reception

This is your exclusive chance to connect with Dr. Friedman, several Geopolitical Futures analysts, and the conference speakers. Discuss the day’s findings, network with fellow attendees, and form new relationships as well as strengthen existing ones at our cocktail reception—the crowning finish to The Next 4 Years: The Role of the United States in the World.


Geopolitical Futures’ inaugural conference will take place in the prestigious Army and Navy Club in Washington, DC on April 5.

Steeped in honor and tradition, the 125-year-old club provides ideal surroundings for speakers and attendees to debate the issues that will define the United States in the coming years.

The club is located at 901 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006.

Please note that attendees are required to adhere to the Army and Navy Club dress code: Gentlemen are required to wear a coat and necktie or a suit. Ladies’ attire should be of a comparable degree of formality.

Military uniform is considered formal when it is the prescribed uniform of the day by the respective military services. Short-sleeved uniform or other uniform not requiring coat or tie may be worn in the club when it is the prescribed uniform of the day by the respective military services.

The club reserves the right to refuse admittance to guests or vendors who are not in compliance with this policy.

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