Stratfor's proprietary methodology is our framework to predict the shifts of geopolitical power that shape our world and interpret the significance of today's global events. It combines an understanding of geopolitics, the tools of intelligence analysis and rigorous internal debate that is refined into a unified Stratfor perspective. Our analysts start with a flood of open-source information, filter out the propaganda, unearth the emerging paradigms, challenge assumptions and reconcile conflicting truths to produce actionable geopolitical analysis and forecasts.
Beginning with geography, the lens of geopolitics, enables Stratfor analysts to understand the hidden pressures on nations. From there, we build a broader picture that takes into account the political, economic, security, cultural and technological forces at play. Analysts then draw on publicly available media, databases, a global network of relationships and statistics from governments and corporations around the world to begin the process of converting that data and information into intelligence and knowledge by supplying context and applicability. We then work to comprehend, to the extent possible, the individual 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 of power and authority, the structures of influence and the forces that propel or inhibit decision-making.
With an understanding of geopolitics and the tools of intelligence analysis, Stratfor develops decade, annual and quarterly forecasts, laying out the key trends guiding the international system. All Stratfor analysis is continually tested and measured against our geopolitical framework and long-term forecasts, which nest into one another and focus on the strategic issues that give us an understanding of what must happen, rather than what may.