Geopolitical Review

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geopolitics (n)

1.) a study of the influence of such factors as geography, economics, and demography on the politics and especially the foreign policy of a state,
2.) a governmental policy guided by geopolitics,
3.) a combination of political and geographic factors relating to something (as a state or particular resources)

The Rant Foundry Geopolitical Review

Since the September 11 2001 terror attacks in New York City, Washington DC and Arlington, Virgina – and possibly much earlier – much of the mainstream news media landscape in nations such as the US, UK and Australia has been taken up with a traditionally conservative narrative in regards to the view of the West towards foreign policy and the question of interventionism when it comes to states and regions seen as potentially impacting our national interests and securities. In particular, a lot of focus has been directed towards the nations of the Persian Gulf and the greater Middle East (eg. Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Israel) as well as – more recently – some of the nations of East Asia (eg. Russia, China and North Korea).

At the Rant Foundry we want to bring an alternative, but not necessarily opposing, view of foreign policy and international relations into consideration. As regional conflicts continue to develop, militant nationalism expands, and populations are displaced, it seems evident that our current systems and networks of international relations at best desperately need improving, and at worst have the potential to ruin the world we know – such as it is.

The increasingly globalised, interconnected world we live in with its threats of climate change and population growth and movement coupled with the challenges brought by the development and spread of technology and multicultural societies, demands a new way of looking at each other – individually and as sovereign nations.

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