Stratfor Center for Applied Geopolitics at RANE


The Stratfor Center for Applied Geopolitics is a global center of excellence for geopolitical intelligence and analysis.

Geopolitical risk has emerged as a critical driver of risk and security for corporations and is shaping the global business environment. The practice of applied geopolitics provides a multidisciplinary framework for putting these global events in context, forecasting strategic trends, and making them relevant and actionable for organizations. 

Building on over a quarter century of Stratfor’s application of geopolitical intelligence to the corporate, national security, and educational sectors, the Center seeks to identify, develop, and strengthen best practices in geopolitical analysis and provide tools, methods, and training to organizations and individuals as they integrate geopolitical risk and opportunity into their business practices. 

The Center focuses on three major initiatives:

1. Training, Education, and Certification

The advanced methodologies and rigorous analytics that Stratfor developed and applied to geopolitics are available to participants in our training and certification program. The methodologies covered include qualitative and quantitative methods, scenario development and strategic forecasting, and visualization of geopolitical intelligence.

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2. Knowledge-Sharing Events

The Center facilitates global dialogue on significant geopolitical issues and topics by bringing together diverse expertise to address common challenges through podcasts, webinars, seminars, speaking engagements, and participation in international conferences and events.

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3. Geopolitical Thought Leadership

The Center enhances the understanding of geopolitics through publications, reports, and unique visuals covering international issues, geopolitical trends, and the relevance of geopolitical intelligence for decision-makers. Our thought leadership is focused on advancing the application of geopolitics to the international and business community

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Rodger Baker, Executive Director, Stratfor Center for Applied Geopolitics

Rodger Baker has spent more than two decades with Stratfor/RANE, where he’s focused on the Indo-Pacific region, with special attention to China and the Korean Peninsula. He addresses the strategic dynamics of an evolving world system -- looking at great power competition, the role of middle powers, and the impacts of technological, environmental, and demographic changes on geopolitical relationships. His core emphasis is the multidisciplinary approach to geopolitics and the evolution of international relations to develop mid- and long-term forecasts to assist companies, governments, and other globally engaged organizations make informed decisions.

Rodger is a Senior Fellow at the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations, a Steering Fellow for the Mackinder Forum, and teaches a certificate program in Geopolitical Analysis at Florida Atlantic University. 

Latest Thinking

De-Dollarization and Diversification: Exploring Countries' Use of the Yuan

This report was written by Matthew Schiek and Kurtis Yan, two summer 2023 fellows at the Stratfor Center for Applied Geopolitics at RANE.

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In the Arctic, Russia's Geopolitical Isolation Opens New Doors for China

The transfer of Arctic Council leadership in 2023 from Russia to Norway will not end the uncertainty over the organization's activities and role, but China is positioning for a greater role regardless of how things evolve.

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Applied Geopolitics: The Importance of Analytical Frameworks in the Assessment of Geopolitical Risk

In this episode of the Applied Geopolitics podcast, Rodger Baker, the director of the Stratfor Center for Applied Geopolitics at RANE, speaks with geopolitical strategist Matt Gertken about methods of assessing geopolitical risk.

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In the Solomon Islands, China Seeks to Normalize Its Security Presence

China's new security deal with the island nation is the latest in a series of moves by Beijing to normalize its military's expanding international role.

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The Russia-Ukraine War & Ideological Frameworks: Democracy Vs. Autocracy

Russia's invasion of Ukraine is frequently characterized as part of a broader struggle between democracy and autocracy.

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NATO Tensions Reinforce and Complicate Russia's Arctic Ambitions

The West's response to the Ukraine invasion will further compel Russia to secure its vast Arctic region, which holds much of the country's resource wealth.

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Latest Events

Briefing Session Replay:

The Impact of De-Dollarization on the Global Economy

A number of key countries — including the so-called BRICS countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — are looking to set up trade channels using currencies other than the U.S. dollar. While this trend is unlikely to challenge the dollar’s preeminence for now, it will over time have important geopolitical and economic implications, including for businesses. Watch our panelists discuss the drivers of this trend and the potential for, and impacts of, the dollar losing its leading status in global trade.

RANE has partnered with Florida Atlantic University, one of the leading executive education programs in the U.S.,
to offer an online certificate program in Geopolitical Analysis.
If you are interested in having Rodger Baker or one of our in-house geopolitical analysts speak at your event, please contact us.

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