An Introduction to Geopolitics highlights in a concise, accessible manner how geographic factors are important in determining whether tensions become conflicts and whether resolutions are just and long lasting or not. The result is an understanding of geopolitics as the way geography and its representation facilitates the exercise of power and resistance towards it. The process and feedback model of geopolitical tension, conflict and resolution structures the book. For each of these three stages four geographic concepts will be discussed: scale of governance; changing places and spaces; networks versus states and resources. Each will be illustrated with a case study. Dialogue boxes will also be used to illuminate the many sides to a conflict.
Table of Contents
Prologue 1. A Framework for Understanding Geopolitics 2. Setting the Global Geopolitical Context 3. Geopolitical Codes: Agents Define their Geopolitical Options 4. Representations of Geopolitical Codes 5. Embedding Geopolitics within National Identity 6. Boundary Geopolitics: Shaky Foundations of the World Political Map? 7. Geopolitical Metageographies: Terrorist Networks and the United States' War on Terrorism 8. Messy Geopolitics: Agency and Multiple Structures
Colin Flint is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Illinois. His research interests include geopolitics and hate groups. He is editor of The Geography of War and Peace and Spaces of Hate and co-author, with Peter Taylor, of Political Geography: World-Economy, Nation-State, and Locality.