What is Geopolitics, and Why Does it Matter?

What is Geopolitics, and Why Does it Matter?

Understanding geopolitics matters much more now than it mattered 30 years ago.

Jacob Shapiro
Jacob Shapiro

We're incredibly excited for the first release of our new vertical, Geopolitics, and to introduce our new Editor, Jacob Shapiro.

Jacob is the Chief Strategist at Perch Perspectives and Macro Advisor to The Strategic Funds, and now, he's going to be writing a monthly publication with us covering the fast-paced and ever-evolving world of Geopolitics.

This first piece will set the stage on why Geopolitics matters now, more than it has in the last 30 years, and how the chess game being played today will influence financial markets for generations to come.

So, without further adieu, Jacob Shapiro everyone...


  • We’re introducing a new coverage vertical: Geopolitics.
  • Geopolitics is the science of understanding and predicting the behavior of nation states as a function of how geography constrains and affects our needs and desires.
  • Despite the increasing importance of the digital world, our desires still fail to transcend the limits of geography.
  • The world today resembles the one of pre-World War I: multipolar with rising and falling great powers – the very sort of world geopolitics was invented to analyze.