From Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, as forecast by Stratfor's founder and chairman in his 2009 bestselling book: "Russia, Mr. Friedman predicted, will take actions that will appear to be aggressive but in fact are defensive. It will focus on recovering influence and control in the former Soviet Union, re-creating the system of buffers it once had." ... "It is only a matter of time before Russian influence will overwhelm Kiev," Mr. Friedman wrote.
"Asia's Cauldron is a short book with a powerful thesis, and it stands out for its clarity and good sense from the great mass of Western writing on what Chinese politicians have taken to calling their "peaceful development." If you are doing business in China, traveling in Southeast Asia or just obsessing about geopolitics, you will want to read it."
Stratfor Eurasia analyst Marc Lanthemann noted in an interview with CNBC that GDP projections for this year are the worst for Russia since 2008, and he confirmed that the country is seeing a deluge of capital outflows because of its foreign confrontations.