The Stratfor intelligence team includes individuals from around the world who are highly engaged in global affairs and frequently quoted in the news media. Below is a small selection of some of our regional & topical experts.
George Friedman is the Chairman of Stratfor, a company he founded in 1996 that is now a leader in the field of global intelligence. Friedman guides Stratfor's strategic vision and oversees the development and training of the company's intelligence unit.
Robert D. Kaplan is the author of Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific, which was published by Random House in March 2014. In 2012, he published The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us about Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, and in 2010, Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power. In both 2011 and 2012, he was chosen by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world's "Top 100 Global Thinkers."
Fred Burton is one of the world's foremost authorities on security and terrorism. He oversees Stratfor's analysis of global security developments and consults with clients on security-related issues affecting their business assets or personal safety. He also guides Stratfor's extensive coverage of the security environment in Mexico and closely monitors Mexican drug cartels, their areas of influence and their drug trafficking routes. Before joining Stratfor, Burton was a counterterrorism agent with the U.S. State Department from 1985 to 1999.
Scott Stewart supervises Stratfor's analysis of terrorism and security issues. Before joining Stratfor, he was a special agent with the U.S. State Department for 10 years and was involved in hundreds of terrorism investigations.
Rodger Baker leads Stratfor's analysis of Asia Pacific and South Asia and guides the company's forecasting process. A Stratfor analyst since 1997, he has played a pivotal role in developing and refining the company's analytical process, internal training programs and geopolitical framework.
Reva Bhalla is a leading expert on Middle Eastern, South Asian and Latin American affairs and plays an integral role in applying a forward-looking, strategic lens to Stratfor's coverage of global events. She oversees country assessments, monitors major geopolitical trends and ensures that all Stratfor content fits within the established analytical framework.
Kamran Bokhari is a distinguished scholar and contracted expert advisor to Stratfor in Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs. He has presented research papers in various international academic and policy forums, given briefings to U.S., Canadian and British government departments, published analytical and theoretical articles related to the geopolitics of the Muslim world and played a fundamental role in shaping Stratfor's knowledge base on the highly diverse subject.
Mark Schroeder is an expert on political and security affairs in Africa. He leads the development of Stratfor's geopolitical analysis and forecasts for the region. Schroeder is regularly featured in the world's top media, including Reuters, The Associated Press, Al Jazeera English, CTV, CBC, BBC, The Guardian, Radio France International and United Press International.
Jennifer Richmond manages the development and maintenance of Stratfor's international networks, as well as Stratfor's collection of information across Asia, with an emphasis on China. She investigates and identifies trends in domestic Chinese issues to support client solutions and publishing efforts. Richmond has been featured in major media around the world, including The Wall Street Journal, The Manila Times, Xinhua, Asia Times, The Globe and Mail, China Economic Review and U.S. News and World Report.