Jacob L. Shapiro is a geopolitical analyst at Stratfor that has been with the company for five years. In addition to writing frequently for Stratfor on political, economic and security trends in the Middle East, Mr. Shapiro maintains broad interests not only in global geopolitics but also in intellectual history, philosophy and religion.
Mr. Shapiro holds a bachelor's degree with distinction from Cornell University in Near Eastern Studies. During a recent two-year hiatus from Stratfor, he earned a master's degree with distinction from the University of Oxford in Jewish Studies and was an Education Fellow at Mechon Hadar in New York City. For his dissertation on Leo Strauss, Abraham Joshua Heschel and Maimonides, Mr. Shapiro was awarded the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies' David Patterson award. Mr. Shapiro has appeared on MSNBC, CNN and NPR as a featured contributor, and his writing has appeared in various newspapers and magazines in addition to Stratfor.