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Geopolitics and the Great Powers in the 21st Century : Multipolarity and the Revolution in Strategic Perspective - C. Dale Walton

Geopolitics and the Great Powers in the 21st Century

Multipolarity and the Revolution in Strategic Perspective

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Published: 7th June 2007
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This book argues that in the twenty-first century Eastern Eurasia will replace Europe as the theatre of decision in international affairs, and that this new geographic and cultural context will have a strong influence on the future of world affairs.

For half a millennium, the great powers have practised what might be called 'world politics', yet during that time Europe, and small portions of the Near East and North Africa strategically vital to Europe, were the 'centres of gravity' in international politics. This book argues that the 'unipolar moment' of the post-Cold War era will not be replaced by a US-China 'Cold War', but rather by a long period of multipolarity in the twenty-first century. Examining the policy goals and possible military-political strategies of several powers, this study explains how Washington may play a key role in eastern Eurasian affairs if it can learn to operate in a very different political context. Dale Walton also considers the rapid pace of technological change and how it will impact on great power politics. Considering India, China, the US, Russia, Japan, and other countries as part of a multipolar system, he addresses the central questions that will drive US policy in the coming decades.

Geopolitics and the Great Powers in the 21st Century will be of interest to students of international security, military history, geopolitics, and international relations.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: new powers and old politicsp. 1
Mackinder and the Cold Warp. 1
The death of the Columbian Epochp. 3
The Post-Columbian Epochp. 5
The center of the actionp. 7
The revolution in strategic perspectivep. 10
The argumentp. 11
Geopolitics in an uncertain world: the case for classical geopoliticsp. 14
An unearned infamy: the reputation of classical geopoliticsp. 15
Geopolitics as counselp. 16
The usefulness of classical geopoliticsp. 19
The enduring relevance of geographyp. 20
A twenty-first century geopoliticsp. 21
The Post-Columbian Epochp. 24
Conclusion: capturing the new Epochp. 25
The geography of universal empire: the geopolitics of the Columbian Epochp. 26
Seeing one world, wholep. 28
Strategic culture and geographyp. 29
Strategic learning and the Post-Columbian Agep. 33
The stakes: why the politics of Eastern Eurasia are of global importancep. 34
Conclusionp. 37
The Grand Casino reopens: multipolarity and international politicsp. 39
The short half-life of unipolarityp. 39
The character of multipolarityp. 40
Beyond bipolarity: the balancing of Chinap. 42
The American factorp. 44
Nightmare: the possibility of a great power axisp. 46
Great and small power interactionsp. 47
Conclusionp. 49
Leviathan slimming: guarding American interests in a multipolar environmentp. 50
The Second American RMAp. 51
The danger of resting on laurelsp. 57
Rogues and suckers: the challenges of preeminencep. 58
Leaving the Beltway: moving beyond unipolarityp. 62
Comparing nineteenth-century Britain and twenty-first-century Americap. 65
Conclusionp. 71
Strategizing without a license: the non-state challenge to world orderp. 72
The Islamist threat in contextp. 73
Rise of the Lilliputiansp. 77
The great powers and the terroristsp. 82
Conclusionp. 85
Strategy 2.0: great power competition in an era of technological revolutionp. 88
Faster, cheaper, better: the technological explosionp. 88
The RSP and the next revolution in military affairsp. 89
A thought experiment: the military application of artificial intelligence to airpowerp. 93
The case for technological exuberancep. 96
Conclusionp. 99
Conclusionp. 101
Geopolitics and the revolution in strategic perspectivep. 102
Notesp. 108
Select bibliographyp. 134
Indexp. 138
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ISBN: 9780415358538
ISBN-10: 0415358531
Series: Geopolitical Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 141
Published: 7th June 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.83 x 16.36  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1