American Decline

Peter Zeihan Explains The Geopolitical Landscape

Peter Zeihan provides a refreshing alternative to the China-love and/or China-hate that’s going on nowadays from the left and right. No, China is not going to replace the US as the global hegemon. Instead, China is likely to either implode or revert into neo-Maoism (which is already happening under Xi Jinping). Meanwhile, India and Russia are still basically Third World countries, which limits the expansionist potential of the BRICS.

The US has largely been successful at undermining Iran’s “axis of resistance” (on behalf of Israel and Saudi Arabia) which means that the battle for hegemony in the Middle East in the future will be between the neo-Ottoman Turks and the Wahhabi-led Gulf States.

The COVID-19 crisis is accelerating the fragmentation of Europe into a French-dominated block in Western Europe and a German-dominated block in Central Europe, with the possibility of a third block consisting of England and Scandinavia moving even closer into the American orbit.

In Latin America, Central America and the northern region of South America are becoming wastelands on par with East Africa.

This is an episode of The Pomp Podcast with host Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano and guest, Peter Zeihan, a geopolitical strategist, author, and speaker who specializes in global energy, demographics and security. He analyzes the realities of geography and populations to deepen the understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends. In this conversation, we discuss how demographics drive economies, why consumption led growth will become impossible, what is happening in the oil markets, why Peter believes China won’t be a unified or industrialized country in a decade, how a virus can lead to famine, and what is happening in various places around the world.

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  1. China currently has the 2nd highest GDP in the world and Russia though facing challenges, is hardly ‘a third world country.’ Counting both out permanently is rather premature wishful thinking.

    • Zeihan has an interesting take on China starting about 13 minutes into the program. Their history amounts to “expand, implode, expand, implode, expand, implode…”

      Russia has the GDP of South Korea and only one major export product. “Third World” may be an exaggeration but they’re not going to rival the West in terms of global power.

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