I'd like to first take this opportunity to thank you and our readers around the world. As we approach the end of the year, it is usually a time for all of us to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.
Over the last few years, geopolitics (and the associated concept of geopolitical risk) has become quite the common buzzword in many circles, especially as people try to comprehend the shift in the international system we are all now witnessing. For us this is not new — it has been our mission for over two decades.
As we discuss in our 2019 Annual Forecast, the path forward will not be a straight line, but if you know how to focus on the horizon and not just the next few steps ahead, you will never be lost. This is the core of all of our work — our assessment of the forces shaping the future of the globe. This continues to be our task each and every day; making the intricacies of the world understandable and approachable so you can see what's happening below the surface, anticipate what is to come, and plan appropriately.
In an age where information is consumed in bite-sized chunks — when we are overwhelmed by content driven by popularity and clickability, and where every piece of "news" seems to be "breaking" — it is humbling to recognize that the readers of Stratfor are eager to engage, explore and understand topics and issues outside the current headlines. Our goal is to rationalize the world, placing emerging events and existant trends in their appropriate context, to promote a deeper understanding of what is an increasingly complex global environment.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Stratfor's forward-looking, independent and unbiased analyses that focus on the significant developments in our world. We appreciate your membership, and we know we are in good company for the road ahead.
Senior VP of Strategic Analysis