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The Evolving NATO Alliance

George Friedman and Jacob L. Shapiro February 25, 2017 US Secretary of Defense James Mattis met with defense ministers from other NATO member countries in Brussels on Feb. 15. The meeting was closed to the public, but some of Mattis’s comments were released to the...

Space News Roundup – February 24, 2017

by Edward Ellegood Florida Space Development Council February 24, 2017   SpaceX Launches From NASA's Historic Moon Pad, Lands Nearby NASA's historic moonshot pad is back in business. A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off Sunday morning from Kennedy Space Center's...

Trump is Right: Germany Worse Than China

by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard February 19, 2017 As a matter of strict objective fact, Donald Trump’s trade guru Peter Navarro is correct. Germany is the planet’s ultimate currency manipulator, not China. The Euro – really a de facto Deutsche Mark – is indeed “grossly...

Trump FDA Chief Could Disrupt Biotech/Pharma Investing

by Patrick Cox February 15, 2017 It’s apt that President Trump is the oldest elected president in US history. Nothing better defines the biggest problem of our era… the aging of society. Trump’s age doesn’t seem to be much of a problem for him. At 70, his schedule and...

Something Rotten in the State of Russia?

by George Friedman and Jacob L. Shapiro February 15, 2017 In our forecast for 2017, we wrote the following: “In hindsight, the coming year will be an inflection point in the long-term destabilization of Russia that we predict will reach a boiling point by 2040.” This...

The Great Hole of China

by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard February 10, 2017 China’s central bank is running out of ways to stem capital flight and faces a near impossible task trying to manage the fall-out from extreme credit growth, two of Asia’s most influential banks have warned. “Defense of the...

Black Swans, Barbells, and BioTech

by Patrick Cox February 4, 2017 Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s 2006 book, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, popularized the view that societies have trouble dealing with big changes. Most people tend to think that things will go on pretty much as they have...

How Trump Can Make Barry Goldwater’s Dream Come True

57 years ago in The Conscience of a Conservative, Barry Goldwater proclaimed the conservative political dream: “I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for...

Looking Ahead to 2024

by Richard Rahn February 2, 2017 Most new cars sold in 2024 will have self-driving capabilities so that the number of auto fatalities will be falling rapidly. That is an easy prediction, because the technologies have already been developed and roll-outs of the new...


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Rod D. Martin is a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, hedge fund manager, author and conservative activist from Destin, Florida.