Marschall, Tim, 2016. Prisoners of Geography
“Ten maps that tell you everything you need to know about global politics” – promises the subtitle of this Sunday Times bestseller written by Tim Marschall, a journalist (The Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Independent) and editor at Sky News as well as a former reporter of the BBC radio.
And indeed, the promise has been kept. The author offers valuable and thought through insights into the geo-political strategies, driven by
As an interculturalist I highly appreciate the comment that shows the phenomenon of “losing face” in the new light – light of power: “Analysts often write about the need for certain cultures not to lose face, but it is not just a problem in the Arab or East Asian cultures – it is a human problem expressed in different ways. (…) American foreign policy strategists are as aware of the issue
New geographical opportunities, such as breaking out of our planet into the Universe and challenges, such as climate change are going to dictate shifts in power. Such developments are not visible on the political maps so far. At the end of his
Indeed, the humans need to learn how to think about themselves as the representatives of the Blue Planet and not competing tribes/nations/clans. It is the only chance to keep living in peace here and now.