George Friedman: North Korea has backed the U.S. into a corner

George Friedman sees the global political map unfolding in 2018 with the United States less powerful and very much alone in dealing with North Korea, while Asia and Europe are ground-zero for forceful economic and social challenges and their consequences.

“We have Trump. They have real problems,” Friedman, founder of Geopolitical Futures LLC, a forecasting group focused on the potential implications of major global events, said in a recent telephone interview.

Investors in the U.S. would do well to look closer at Friedman’s worldview, given that U.S. companies with major overseas operations are hardly immune to heightened geopolitical unrest, while the relatively stable U.S.

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