Geopolitics at the End of the Twentieth Century

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An excellent examination of how the collapse of the Soviet Union and the impact of globalization have brought about changes not only to the territorial configuration sovereignty of states and their boundaries, but also to traditional notions of state, boundaries, sovereignty and social order

These essays focus on the key regional and geopolitical characteristics of this global reordering, with an emphasis on Eastern Europe and South Asia. They discuss the territorial reordering which is taking place at the level of the state as boundaries are redemarcated in line with ethno-territoral demands; as borders are transversed by the movement of peoples, information and finance; and as the lines of territorial demarcation are perceived not only in terms of their fixed characteristics but as part of a process through which regional and ethnic identities continue to be formed and reformed. Each section ends with articles which focus on literature on geopolitics and boundaries. This is an invaluable addition to our understanding of contemporary world affairs.

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A selection of 13 papers from a January 1998 conference in Israel look at the regional and geopolitical characteristics of global reordering, emphasizing the eastern European and southern Asian regions, and the territorial reordering at the level of the state. Among the topics are geopolitical games on post-Cold War eastern Europe, the future of new regionalism in the Asia Pacific, African boundaries and their interpreters, and borders in a borderless world. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Globalisation and the Changing World Political Map 1
The Worldviews of Small States: A Content Analysis of 1995 UN Speeches 17
Ordering the 'Crush Zone': Geopolitical Games in Post-Cold War Eastern Europe 34
Economic Globalisation: Politics and Trade Policy in Ghana and Kenya 57
Geopolitical Change and the Asia-Pacific: The Future of New Regionalism 83
Global Stability Through Inequality Versus Peace Processes Through Equality 98
Reclaiming Geopolitics: Geographers Strike Back 118
Borderless Worlds? Problematising Discourses of Deterritorialisation 139
Discourses of Identity and Territoriality on the US-Mexico Border 155
African Boundaries and their Interpreters 180
Common Cause for Borderland Minorities? Shared Status among Italy's Ethnic Communities 199
Bounding Whose Territory? Potential Conflict between a State and a Province Desiring Statehood 209
Seeking the Common Ground 239
Borders in a 'Borderless' World 262
Notes on Contributors 274
Abstracts 278
Index 283
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