Is there a politics to geopolitics?

Alexander B. Murphy, Mark Bassin, David Newman, Paul Reuber, John Agnew

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The term geopolitics is understood and used in a variety of ways. Political geographers typically invoke the term with reference to the geographical assumptions and understandings that influence world politics. Outside of the academy, geopolitics often connotes a conservative or right-wing political-territorial calculus associated with the strategic designs of Henry Kissinger, Aleksandr Dugin, and followers of the new Geopolitik in Germany. This forum considers the nature and significance of the gap in the ways that the term geopolitics is understood and deployed. Four eminent contributors to the literature in political geography offer their thoughts on the meanings associated with the term and potential confusions that arise from its different uses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-640
Number of pages22
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004


  • Discursive practice
  • Geopolitics
  • Political geography
  • Political ideology
  • Representations of space

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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