Sua Sponte is the author’s account of what makes an Army Ranger. The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House (Nada Bakos). Across the Arabian/Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and their predominantly Sunni allies seek to counter Iran’s growing influence across the region. Hulsman explores the concept that, rather than a naturally dangerous political world threatening our stability and safety, it is in fact a strange type of political self-harm that carries the greatest threat. The Lands in Between: Russia vs. the West and the New Politics of Hybrid War (Mitchell A. Orenstein). Autocratic actions and political machinations also continue to be seen across the region, but beyond the palace walls other forces are beginning to take root across the region. The theme of Commerce presents the view of Indians when the country is becoming more aware of its growing economic clout, particularly with its largest neighbour just across the Himalayas too becoming an economic powerhouse. Once upon a time, and once again, this region is home to the Great Game, no longer a term for the historians alone. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky). Election Year and impeachment politics will have a significant effect on the apolitical services, and may drive some unpredictable military operations. Emma Sky’s The Unravelling is perfect to follow up to Generation Kill. Hardcover. Author(s): David Oualaalou ID: 2840138, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf, Author(s): Ramakrushna Pradhan ID: 2897813, Publisher: Routledge India, Year: 2021, Size: 37 Mb, Format: pdf, Author(s): Ning An ID: 2447761, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf. As the year progresses, if more resources and attention is put into this emerging group, it could gradually gain legitimacy on the world stage, and is worth understanding. Dr. Grant draws from history when discussing the Baltic States and Chechnya while looking to the present and future to expound on the legal ramifications of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the separatist movements in the Donbas, as well as providing the reader with a strong foundation to understand how international law operates, and how bodies such as the International Court of Justice confront transgressions of the norms of international law. Approaching state strategy and policy from the spatial angle, Jeremy Black argues that just as the perception of power is central to issues of power, so place, and its constraints and relationships, is partly a matter of perception, not merely map coordinates. Despite this, the continent remains central to global geopolitics, and has proven largely stable in a way that makes it attractive to international investment in a turbulent world. Understanding the ambitious OBOR project and its impact on the countries along its route will be key in 2020: As something of a counter to China’s economic and hard-power expansion, the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy was launched as a joint effort in 2017, however, despite a number of progress reports, the concept remains somewhat nebulous and has been criticised as being a thin veil for a China-containment strategy. Is This the End of the Liberal International Order? Through the essays, the book looks at the age-old debate of realpolitik vs principle-based foreign policy as its main theme. Full of seedy, heroic, larger than life characters, this book will flip the way you see the geopolitics of the early American West on its head. His successor will have to grapple with these issues against the backdrop of a country attempting to rebuild itself from the horrors of the Islamic State. Drawing on his experience as one of the foremost statesmen of the modern era—advising presidents, traveling the world, observing and shaping the central foreign policy events of recent decades—Kissinger now reveals his analysis of the ultimate challenge for the twenty-first century: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historical perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating… Author(s): Henry Kissinger, Bestselling author Robert D. Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the recent and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Global Geopolitics Seemingly bizarre examples – the Crusades, the British Empire, the breakup of the Beatles, Charles Manson, and the founding of the United States – are explored through the lens of political risk analysis in a manner that should remain interesting for both novice readers and analysis veterans. The following are recommended for understanding the key players in the White House: In addition to the turbulent administration, increasingly stressed internal divisions have gripped America in 2019, and will almost certainly continue to deepen in the coming year. Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Ice Man, Captain America, and the New Face of American War (Evan Wright). In researching the book, the author has interviewed Indian policymakers to gain deeper knowledge of the complex issues at play, and hence this book represents not just the personal view of the author, but an insight into the Indian geopolitical mindset. Guns Germs and Steel book. In the current era of populism, Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, and Five-Star, this is a lesson of crucial importance. For better understanding of the issue, the following are well worth reading: Despite celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the People’s Republic of China has been dealing with its fair share of problems, none of which seem likely to disappear in 2020. While the expected lambasting of the Trump administration barely shows up, Mattis passes blame around for a generation of conflict. The following are worth reading for an understanding of a potentially significant flashpoint for the coming year: of the would-be Islamic State Caliphate, including the targeted killing of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at the hands of US Special Forces in Syria. Cohen, This new updated edition of Introduction to Geopolitics 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. I can think of few better on-the-ground primers than Generation Kill and The Unravelling. Understanding the region’s precarious and often ageing monarchies will continue to prove vital in 2020, with several possible opportunities for royal successions throughout the region. Along its path, it provides provocative insights into the fears of would-be suicide bombers, and presents an ambitious thesis about their importance in modern history. Turkey, meanwhile, has stunned the world in 2019 with its deeper slide into hard-line politics. See great new launches from new and known authors in Real Simple's list of the best books of 2020 (so far), including "All My Mother's Lovers" by Ilana Masad and "The Book of Longings" by Sue Monk Kidd. books NPR’s Book Concierge. Blaber’s story seems unremarkable, in a positive way, he seems like any normal American child in suburban America albeit with a slight deviant streak. Showing the interplay of commerce and war-fighting at sea through history, he weaves that into prescriptive goals for seagoing nations in the near future. The Mission, The Men, and Me (Pete Blaber). This book is recommended reading for anyone wanting to understand how terrorists think and act or how America hunts those terrorists down. India’s Spatial Imaginations of South Asia: Power, Commerce and Community (Shibashis Chatterjee). While the economy looks set to slow further in the coming year, the all-important Belt and Road Initiative continues to suffer from governance issues and allegations of debt-trap diplomacy. The first examines the existence of ‘Asian Values’, and the second how these relate to ‘Western Values,’ i.e. Turkey – Kurdish Regional Government Relations After the U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq: Putting the Kurds on the Map? Permeating throughout the book is the context of President Putin’s strategy to support the separatist movements in the Donbas while attempting to keep Ukraine’s potential allies distracted with internal issues. He is seen as a legend and mentor amongst the US Military’s officer and enlisted ranks, and as such this is required reading for all seeking to understand the mindset of the US war-fighting machine. I do see the geopolitical explanation, when I open the map, but that's pretty much it. The best of 2020, from a sweeping review of geopolitics to a satirical novel about Trumpland. Saul Cohen considers these forces in the context of their human and physical settings, and explores their geographical influence on foreign policy and international relations…. These examples are powder kegs which could not only escalate at any moment, plunging the immediate area further into conflict, but could set off chain reactions that embroil the world in war. The freshly-re-elected Government in Maputo has bigger fish to fry, meanwhile, as it attempts to nip in the bud a burgeoning splinter movement from former RENAMO rebels in Sofala. 2019 has proven to be another exciting year for Encyclopedia Geopolitica, which celebrated its 3rd birthday earlier this month. To Russia’s West in the Baltics, the buildup of NATO forces is ongoing, while the Kremlin has responded in kind inside the Kaliningrad oblast and Russia itself. The following books are highly recommended for deepening your understanding of Islam and its interaction with the geopolitics of the West: In many ways connected to the issue of immigration and globalisation, the region has continued to experience significant challenges surrounding the United Kingdom’s decision to depart from the European Union. While many regimes may continue to target seemingly bigger issues throughout 2020, this may leave them under prepared for the driving undercurrents of the Middle Eastern street, and the following is recommended for deeper insight into the nuanced perspectives one should have about the coming changes: Asia has slipped somewhat from global focus in 2019, yet the situation remains as volatile as it did in 2018, as tensions between the United States and China have simmered on and President Trump’s unpredictable foreign policy course has placed economic relations in the region on a knife edge. With all the world’s oceans safe for the first time in history, markets and resources were made available for everyone. It is the equivalent of one third of the estimated number of people killed by lightning each year. Understanding the mercurial administration of President Trump in terms of both the White House’s geopolitical outlook, and those of individual cabinet members both past and present, will be crucial to anticipating US (and therefore global) geopolitical trajectories in 2020. We see a younger General Mattis, leading his Marines into battle, and a key character in Generation Kill (Nathaniel Fick) wrote his own book: One Bullet Away, a worthy recommendation that also fleshes out Evan’s book from a more tactical perspective with a dose a of healthy cynicism. International Law and the Post-Soviet Space I: Essays on Chechnya and the Baltic States (Thomas D. Grant) As the title aptly suggests, the book has three main themes. Best books of 2020: These 13 titles scored perfect 4-star reviews from USA TODAY's critics Barbara VanDenburgh, USA TODAY Published 2:44 pm UTC Dec. 11, 2020 Updated 6:30 pm UTC Dec. 11, 2020 War of a Thousand Deserts Brian DeLay, Yale University Press 2009, 496 pages. Ukraine and the Art of Strategy (Lawrence Freedman). An understanding of the inner workings of the Gulf States, as well as their own foreign policy dynamics will be extremely useful in 2019: Most interesting of the region’s recent developments has been the slow but steady sense of rapprochement between Israel and several of the Gulf states. Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’ Trap? Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics (2016), 13. 1. Iraq has far greater issues, in a burgeoning democracy it doesn’t play well to use lethal force against peaceful protests. Geopolitics: The Geography of International Relations (2014), 4. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Lebanon’s Protest: Cleaning Up the Streets, Architects of a Murder: The Fate of Jamal Khashoggi’s Assassins, Cocktails from Hell: Five Complex Wars Shaping the 21st Century, The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House, Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-first Century, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, Haunted By Chaos: China’s Grand Strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping, Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger, International Law and the Post-Soviet Space I: Essays on Chechnya and the Baltic States, International Law and the Post-Soviet Space II: Essays on Ukraine, Intervention, and Non-Proliferation, Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia, The Lands in Between: Russia vs. the West and the New Politics of Hybrid War, Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Ice Man, Captain America, and the New Face of American War, The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq, Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans, India’s Spatial Imaginations of South Asia: Power, Commerce and Community, Drone warfare: Concepts and controversies, Varieties of Right-Wing Extremism in Europe, Reflections on the Revolution In Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West, Partnering with Extremists: Coalitions between Mainstream and Far-Right Parties in Western Europe. A relatively quick read for books in this genre, this book is a collection of 14 essays. Five geopolitical trends to watch … Major world events will continue to develop, protest-barricades will be erected, lines will be redrawn across maps, and the geopolitical status quo will find itself increasingly challenged. Both Iraq and Syria are fractured and poor after years of brutal conflict, both have a high youth unemployment rate, a dissatisfied population, and poor infrastructure. The biggest story in South Asia for 2019 has been Kashmir, which has seen an abrupt change in the status quo, with far reaching implications. Taken as a whole, this number is striking, but taken as a yearly average – around 1,800 globally – it could be described as comparatively insignificant. Freedman’s unique perspective on this conflict sheds new light on a complex and globally-significant conflict, and challenges the idea of Putin both as geopolitical poker master and international puppet-master. Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-first Century (Philip Bobbitt). Well documented and researched, this book ensures that its reader will never look at the nightly news the same way again. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. ... What is, in your opinion, the best way to study Geography in relation with Geopolitics? At least a quarter of a million people have been killed or injured by suicide attacks since Tsar Alexander II of Russia was assassinated in arguably the first planned suicidal explosion in 1881. Follow the topics in this article But is this order now being supplanted by a new global reality; one defined by the… Author(s): Niall Ferguson, Fareed Zakaria, et al. But hybrid warfare has been part and parcel of Russia’s relationship with the West for far longer, and has been honed through many years of covert influencing of the states between Russia and the West—the ones which used to be firmly within Moscow’s sphere of influence. With the world becoming ever closer connected in ever more complex and complicated ways, conflicts are more fluid, making them both greater drivers of change and more sensitive to change in seemingly unconnected spheres. Its narrative begins in 1881 with arguably the very first suicide bombing on the streets of St Petersburg, and ends elliptically in the bloody aftermath of the all-too-familiar strikes by Islamic State. War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft (2017), 5. The international community also seems to be finally waking up to the situation in Xinjiang and the treatment of Muslim Uighurs, and protests in Hong Kong against mainland interference have raged since June and show no sign of stopping. On January 25, 1904, Halford Mackinder read to the Royal Geographical Society an article titled “The Geographical Pivot of History” and proposed his Heartland theory. Across Central & South Asia and Africa, Chinese infrastructure projects continue to develop while little by little, small contingents of Chinese security forces are deployed in force-protection roles, garnering much suspicion along the way. The recently departed Secretary of Defense writes his (often standard and expected for the role) memoir, with a slight twist, covering Mattis’ lengthy service as a Marine as a foil to his service as a civilian. It is an unfortunate reality that most foreign viewpoints about India and its community are dominated by the social evil of the caste system. Through geopolitics we attempt to analyze and predict the actions and decisions of nations, or other forms of political power, by means of their geographical characteristics and location in the world.