In this cogent introduction to the state of contemporary geopolitics, Short provides an understanding of the basic themes of geopolitics and an overview of geopolitical issues around the globe. His regional approach to the study of the power relations between states is framed by a discussion of critical and popular geopolitical analysis.
John Rennie Short is professor in the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland Baltimore County. His recent books include The Unequal City: Urban Resurgence, Displacement and the Making of Inequality in Global Cities, Hosting the Olympic Games: The Real Costs for Cities, and A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada: Toward a Sustainable Future.
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PART I. INTRODUCTION TO GEOPOLITICS
PART II. THE NEW WORLD ORDER
4 The United States and Its Neighbors
5 China and Its Neighbors
6 Russia and Its Neighbors
PART III. REGIONAL REALMS
8 Middle East
10 South Asia
11 Central and South America
PART IV. NEW GLOBAL CHALLENGES
12 Global Challenges and the State
It is the rare book about world politics that combines a comprehensive theoretical discussion with a detailed exploration of the events and crises that are central to it. That this book does so using an original world-regional approach to organizing its information is not just an added bonus but makes this volume one simply without peer.
This engaging, accessible, informative book offers telling insights into the geopolitical dynamics that have shaped, and continue to shape, the contemporary world. Charting a course between classical geopolitics and contemporary critical approaches, Short has put together a geopolitical tour du monde that is rich in both empirical detail and conceptual insight.
John Rennie Short has written a profound and well-illustrated introduction to the key concepts, themes, and contextual-regional issues in geopolitics. He explains not only the past key debates and classical regional concerns of geopolitics but also contemporary approaches and issues, opening perspectives that go beyond traditional state-centric territorial approaches. The book culminates in a discussion on such highly topical present-day global problems as climate change, pandemics, and the emerging hotspots and related challenges in geopolitics. This well-written and very accessible text is a rich resource that can be highly recommended to undergraduate courses in political geography, geopolitics, and political science.
Each regional chapter is designed to be directly comparative, including
-Borders and boundaries
-Changing geopolitical and geo-economics importance in the global system
-National concerns and global commons: issues of terrestrial and maritime resources, climate change