About Stratfor

What We Do

As a geopolitical analysis firm, Stratfor provides valuable context to global events that empowers businesses, governments, and individuals to confidently navigate an increasingly complex international environment. Founded 20 years ago around the principle that transformative world events are not random, but are in fact predictable, Stratfor has grown into one of the world's most respected providers of strategic analysis and forecasting. 

How We Do It

By leveraging a deep understanding of history, politics and geography along with our unique methodology, Stratfor delivers informed perspectives on today's events and develops a more accurate assessment of the future. Dedicated teams of researchers, analysts and writers distill massive amounts of open-source information each day and examine it through the lens of geopolitics to develop comprehensive, independent, unbiased and nonpartisan analyses. Stratfor analysis cuts through the noise to offer valuable understanding and actionable insights to help our readers succeed. 

Why We Do It

Globally engaged individuals, Fortune 500 companies, universities and organizations across an array of industries turn to Stratfor for objective geopolitical analysis and forecasting that reveals the underlying significance and future implications of emerging world events.

Our Methodology

Stratfor's proprietary methodology is our framework to predict the shifts in geopolitical power that shape our world and interpret the significance of today's global events. It combines an understanding of geopolitics, detailed analysis and rigorous internal debate, which is then refined into a unified Stratfor perspective. Our analysts begin with a flood of open-source information, filter out the noise, unearth emerging paradigms, challenge assumptions and reconcile conflicting truths to produce actionable analysis and forecasts.

A foundation in geography — the lens of geopolitics — enables Stratfor analysts to understand the hidden pressures on nations. With this grounding, we build a broader picture that takes into account the political, economic, security, cultural and technological forces in play. Analysts also draw on publicly available media, databases, a global network of relationships and statistical data from governments and corporations around the world to begin the process of converting information into knowledge by supplying context and applicability.

We then take into account the views and experiences of nations and leaders. That means seeking to understand the forces shaping and constraining a subject, including:

  • Cultural and historical influences.
  • The relationship between formal authority and actual power.
  • Structures, institutions and forces that propel or inhibit decision-making.

With a deep understanding of geopolitics and the tools of analysis, Stratfor develops decade, annual and quarterly forecasts that identify the key trends guiding the international system in addition to timely analysis on emerging trends and global developments. Stratfor analysis is continually and rigorously tested and measured against our geopolitical framework and long-term forecasts to give us an understanding of what must happen rather than what might.

Our Origins

In 1996, a small group of political scientists and entrepreneurs decided to move their project, The Center for Geopolitical Studies at Louisiana State University, into the private sector. They traded Baton Rouge for Austin, Texas, an emerging center for innovation, and formed Strategic Forecasting (later renamed Stratfor) around the idea that geopolitical analysis for accurate forecasting of global trends would be valuable to individuals and organizations trying to make sense of an increasingly complicated world.

From the very beginning, Stratfor's perspective challenged the dominant assumptions of the world's academic institutions, think tanks, governments and mainstream media. In the 1990s, most believed the end of the Cold War had ushered in an era of peace, stability and globalization. In contrast, Stratfor suggested that the Soviet Union's collapse had destroyed the global balance of power and released the underlying international stressors that the Cold War had contained. By 1999, the Kosovo War began to unfold as the last domino in the breakup of Yugoslavia. Stratfor's understanding of geopolitics — how geography, economics, politics and technology intersect and shape international affairs — received landmark coverage and shaped the international media's understanding of this conflict 6,000 miles away. Since then, analysts have predicted the economic transformation of China, the East-West standoff in Ukraine and the ongoing disintegration of the European Union, confirming Stratfor's position as the world's leading geopolitical intelligence platform for both individuals and organizations around the globe.

"Whenever I want to understand the details behind world events, I turn to Stratfor. They have the most detailed and insightful analysis of world affairs and are miles ahead of mainstream media."

Muneer A. Satter
Satter Investment Management, LLC