I really enjoyed reading this book. I read the next 100 years before and probably Friedmans 100 year forecast is easier to understand with his new book about the next decade. It's important to understand the premises under which Friedman analyses world politics. His geopolitical approach is quite zynical; in the long run, international politics is hardly affected by moral, it's about interests. In the short run however, moral considerations serve the cause of legitimation and a balance between the two will strengthen the presidency, which is the solution to the conflict between empire and republic in the USA which will grow stronger over the next decade and will have to learn to deal with it. Niccholo Machiavelli is often refered to in this book... Otherwise it offers a quite inductive approach, one that is hard to generalize, which would be recommended in political science. The knowledge that stratfor produces is still something unique, exactly because it ignores scientific correctness and tries not to construct generalizable models (which are mostly quite weak in politcal sciences), but an appropriate picture of reality, which I slowly learned to a estimate besides the University education on international affairs. You should read this book just to find out what is possible to foresee if you know about international politcs.