This new updated edition presents the overarching themes of geopolitical structures and agents in an engaging and accessible manner, which requires no previous knowledge of theory or current affairs. It helps readers understand the geopolitical implications of COVID-19, China’s pronounced role in the world, the relative decline of the US, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Using new pertinent case studies and guided exercises, the title explains the contemporary global power of the United States and the challenges it is facing, the changing foreign policy of China and other countries, the persistence of nationalist conflicts, migration, cyberwar and cyberactivism, terrorism, energy geopolitics, and environmental geopolitics. Expanded case studies of the South China Sea disputes and China’s Belt and Road Initiative emphasize the multi-faceted nature of conflict. The book raises questions by incorporating international and long-term historical perspectives and introduces readers to different theoretical viewpoints, including feminist contributions. The new edition features fresh discussion of island geopolitics, the Anthropocene age, and geoeconomics.
Introduction to Geopolitics will provide its readers with a set of critical analytical tools for understanding the actions of states as well as non-state actors acting in competition over resources and power. Both students and general readers will find this book an essential stepping-stone to a deeper and critical understanding of contemporary conflicts.
The companion website will enable readers to apply the themes of the book to the constant shifts in current affairs to enable deeper understanding. It will provide access to weekly essays showing how the themes explain current events.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to geopolitics
2. A framework for understanding geopolitics
3. Geopolitical agency: the concept of geopolitical codes
4. Justifying geopolitical agency: representing geopolitical codes
5. Embedding geopolitics within national identity
6. Territorial geopolitics: shaky foundations of the world political map?
7. Network geopolitics: flows desired and feared
8. Global geopolitical structure: framing agency
9. Environmental geopolitics: agency in the Anthropocene
10. Messy geopolitics: agency and multiple structures
Colin Flint is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science, Utah State University. He is author of Geopolitical Constructs; a co-author, with Peter Taylor, of Political Geography: World-Economy, Nation-State, and Locality; and editor emeritus of the journal Geopolitics. He also runs the Aggies Geopolitical Observatory.