In June 2013, I began Geopolitics Made Super with a simple, straight forward mission: educate whoever came across it to think differently about foreign affairs. On one level, it had to be understandable, straightforward, explanatory and sensible. On another, it had to offer more than just the typical moral, ideological, and political arguments that infect just about every foreign affairs conversation.
Initially inspired by the clarity of sections of George Friedman’s The Next 100 Years, GMS hoped to break through the noise of propaganda and bias to help every day, interested readers figure out just what the hell was going on in the world. It was supposed to go beyond the conspiracy corners that always pop up when you type in “geopolitics” while side-stepping the pointless moralizing that so often infects foreign policy blogs.
Nearly five years later, I’m now doing geopolitics professionally for Stratfor. But I’m not doing the work of making sure that people who type in “What the hell just happened in Syria?” are getting the clear answers they need. I’ve let GMS fall by the wayside, in large part because it’s a lot of time and effort (and, moreover, I now have two daughters to spend my evenings with).
But I don’t want to entirely give up on the place. So I’m going to do what all organizations and individuals do when they fall moribund: rebrand.
So it’s not Geopolitics Made Super, a name coined in the heady days when Digg.com still looked like it had a chance. We’re Rogue Geopolitics now.
All well and good, but to what end, you may ask? The point will be to go high level, to explain countries and wide events in terms of the big, evergreen stuff. Why does it feel like there’s always war in Yemen? What is going on America’s culture wars? What does anybody care about someone named Jamal Khashoggi? In many ways, this will be a place to react to the big media narratives, and give the context needed for lay people to understand, once more, why distant events in far off places have echoes in their own lives.
That’s hardly to replace the work I’ll do over at my employer, where the deep dives, the data, the forecasting, and the heavy lifting of original analysis will continue to take place. I’ll link to my own work and the work of my colleagues as things go along, too, to provide deeper context and perhaps tempt some of you to consider a subscription. But I won’t replace or copy that work here. Instead, Rogue Geopolitics will hopefully hoover up the viewers and readers who want something simply explained. The professionals, in the meantime, can subscribe to know more.
To that end, we’ll take a crack, on an unspecified timeline, of doing the geopolitics of 2019: from trade wars to culture wars, from the rise (or perhaps not) of China to the fall of (or maybe no) of Trump, we’ll look at the big actors on the international stage and find the highest level things you should be aware of. And hell, maybe we’ll have a bit of snark along the way.
So we’re going Rogue, and our first target is the United States. Keep an eye out! (and if you haven’t already, go on and check out a book, grab a copy, spread the word, and leave a review!) And please, read my work over at Medium too, which pays a fair bit better for work as a very freelancer than the ad structure here at WordPress.
Meanwhile, have a thought for my work over at Stratfor, including:
Why the UAE’s Short-Term Labor Fix Will Create Long-Term Problems
Jordan’s King Walks a Fine Line Between Domestic and International Demands