GEOG 128
Geography of International Affairs

An Introduction to Geopolitics

Geopolitics (broadly the mutual construction of space and power relations) is both a matter of practice (doing) and representation (justifying the doing). - Colin Flint, Interview

What is geopolitics?

  1. The connection between geopolitics and statesmanship: the “practices and representations of territorial strategies.” (p. 31)
  2. It is a way of “seeing” the world. (p. 40)
  3. It results from the identification of “situated knowledge”, or a nuanced understanding of “multiple practices and multiple representations of a wide variety of territories.” (p. 34)
  4. (Critical geopolitics) is the practice of identifying the power relationships within geopolitical statements. (p. 35)