With remarkable accuracy, George Friedman has forecasted coming trends in global politics, technology, population, and culture. In Flashpoints, Friedman focuses on Europethe worlds cultural and power nexus for the past five hundred years . . . until now. Analyzing the most unstable, unexpected, and fascinating borderlands of Europe and Russiaand the fault lines that have existed for centuries and have been ground zero for multiple catastrophic warsFriedman highlights, in an unprecedentedly personal way, the flashpoints that are smoldering once again.