Back in October of 2012, I read this book for the first time and I decided to reread it again so I could share more with our readers about this important topic. This book brings a perspective to readers that geography plays more than an part in the evolving global scene and that globalism is important but not all triumphant.
A couple of excerpts so far discussing policy and how nations should think about their policies. From page 26:
“For wise policymakers, while aware of their nation’s limitations, know that the art of statesmanship is about working as close to the edge as possible, without stepping over the brink.”
This brings to mind, what nation’s are doing this now in order to reach their goals? Which countries have overstepped and misread their policies? Which countries are attempting to position themselves to move closer to the so-called edge?
Kaplan shows us that leaders, when they deal with realism, understand that it is more of an art than a science. He uses this example in the next excerpt:
“Modern realism was perhaps most comprehensively summed up in 1948 by Hans J. Morgenthau in Politics Among Nations: The Struggle For Power And Peace. Let me pause awhile with this book, the effort of a German refugee who taught at the University of Chicago, in order to set the stage for my larger discussion about geography: for realism is crucial to a proper appreciation of the map, and in fact leads us directly to it.”
In rereading this, I plan to get a better understanding of why nations act the way they do and what part geography really plays in this.