Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study of the relationship among politics and geography, demography, and economics, especially with respect to the foreign policy of a nation.
  • n. A governmental policy employing geopolitics.
  • n. A Nazi doctrine holding that the geographic, economic, and political needs of Germany justified its invasion and seizure of other lands.
  • n. A combination of geographic and political factors relating to or influencing a nation or region.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of the effects of geography (especially economic geography) on international politics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the study of the effects of economic geography on the powers of the state.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the study of the effects of economic geography on the powers of the state

Etymologies

geo- +‎ politics, borrowed from Swedish geopolitik, coined by Rudolf Kjellén. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But whatever he's doing in geopolitics -- and Obama is certainly giving that Columbia IR degree of his a very extensive workout -- doesn't matter very much to voters.

    William Bradley: Obama's Big Mistake

  • "A smart essay in geopolitics and realpolitik that does not foresee a rosy future for conformists."

    The Age of the Unthinkable by Joshua Cooper Ramo: Book summary

  • January 21st, 2010 at 1: 58 pm tombaker says: simpletons. geopolitics is not a bruce willis movie.

    Think Progress » Former Bush Speechwriter Attacks Reporter For Pointing Out Bush Techniques Were Used By Khmer Rouge

  • In philosophy and theology, as in geopolitics, Benson projects three contending blocs.

    April 11th, 2009

  • On the American side, Bin Laden's death might plausibly stoke desires to quit Afghanistan and Iraq which draws considerable support from the public's ignorant conflation of Bin Laden and Saddam asap, i.e. the desperado's dead, the job's done, to hell with long-term geopolitics!

    Alive or Dead?

  • What interests us on this blog, inevitably, is the reaction of that budding power in geopolitics, the European Union.

    The predictable EU

  • Another point I made in the same piece was that one of the problems with artists declaiming on matters of poltics and geopolitics is that they often simply don't know what they're talking about.

    More on art and politics ...

  • If you think your grasp on geopolitics is secure, then go here, do the thing and let me know how you did - because I failed miserably (getting the crowd favorites but dying in abject horror at the remnants of the old USSR).

    notes from the peanut gallery

  • The other defect of geopolitics is that it does not recognize a common interest beyond the national interest.

    The Capitalist Threat

  • "Pearl Harbor" spends very little time, however, on long-term geopolitics.

    NYDN Rss

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