Synopses & Reviews
The author presents a framework for understanding the relationshipbetween geography and international politics. His approach, influenced by the work of Harold and Margaret Sprout and theirconcept of the "ecological triad" (entity, environment, and the entity-environment relationship), as well as the geoeconomics ofWalter Isard, focuses on the meaning and impact of geography on interaction opportunities and the structure of incentives and risksin international politics. It also stresses the mutability of geography due to technological change, the formation and destruction of alliances, and other human factors.Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
On Geopolitics shows how the 'new geopolitics' combines the fields of geography and international relations to create a comprehensive overview of current political developments. Using recent developments in geographical technology as well as traditional theories and methods, Harvey Starr explores themes of spatiality and territoriality as they connect to international affairs. He also examines geopolitical dynamics beyond borders in a world now buffeted by non state actors and subject to intergovernmental institutions and norms. On Geopolitics is a brilliant synthesis of Starr's ongoing work on conflict and co-operation, alliances, opportunity, and willingness, within a geographic framework. At the same time, Starr points the way toward new tools and techniques for the study of globalisation and world politics.