Geopolitical Analysis In Politics

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The term geopolitical analysis is hard to define due to the multifaceted nature of geopolitics. In its simplest form, geopolitics can be defined as the ‘theory and practice of politics at a global scale with a specific emphasis on the geographies that both shape and result from that politics’ (Dittimer and Sharp, 2014, p3). Therefore, we can view geopolitical analysis as the examination of politics on a global scale in relation to the physical geography that defines it. Debatably, geopolitical analysis is beginning to lose its relevance in today’s world where the nature of politics and international relations is changing. Derek Gregory goes as far as arguing that world politics in the 21st century has revolutionised due to the ‘war on terror’ …show more content…
To begin, I will examine Gregory’s journal ‘the everywhere war’ specifically focussing on whether we live in an era of ‘endless war’ as is suggested. I will then examine the impacts of this era on the different types of geopolitical analysis: classical, critical and feminist. From this, it will be clear that geopolitical analysis will always be relevant, as the nature of geopolitical analysis is adaptable, especially with new ideas such as feminist geopolitics becoming prominent. Thus, this essay will discuss the likelihood of the end of geopolitical analysis in an era of ‘everywhere war’. (Gregory, 2011).
Derek Gregory’s report, ‘The Everywhere War’ (Gregory, 2011) explains that the nature of war has changed, with war no longer being confined to the battlefields. He further states that since the terrorist attacks on
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Despite this, Gregory’s article is particularly useful in suggesting that today’s geopolitics is very different to the geopolitics of the past such as the Cold War period. This has meant that some forms of geopolitical analysis has become irrelevant, especially in the case of classical geopolitics, as the statements put forward by politicans such as Mackinder are unadaptable to the technological era we now life in. Opposingly, critical geopolitics is a more useful form of analysis in geopolitics currently, as it allows the analysis of popular geopolitcs such as media. This makes critical geopolitics a more relevant field, as it can help to examine media and other types of discourse which are prevalent in today’s world. Lastly, it is clear that feminist geopolitical analysis will not come to an end despite the era of ‘everywhere war’ because feminist geopolitics is the most adaptable and contemporary form of geopolitics, as it involves a more situated and contextual approach to conflict and provides useful methods to help prevent tension. Therefore, geopolitical analysis will not come to an end as it is adaptable to the everchanging nature of world politics as it can be viewed that ‘Ministers come and go, even dictators die, but mountain ranges stand unperturbed. ... The nature of the territorial base has influenced [policy makers] in the past and will

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