In an era of advanced technology and instant communication, the role of geography in the formation of strategy and politics in international relations can be undervalued. But the mountains of Afghanistan and the scorching sand storms of Iraq have provided stark reminders that geographical realities continue to have a profound impact on the success of military campaigns. Here, political scientist Jakub J. Grygiel brings to light the importance of incorporating geography into grand strategy. He argues that states can increase and maintain their position of power by pursuing a geostrategy that focuses on control of resources and lines of communication.
"A must-read for anyone interested in international relations in general and geopolitics in particular."--International Studies Review
"According to Grygiel, a country's strategic response to geography remains one of the most salient factors in establishing and maintaining power in the international arena."--Foreign Affairs
"He makes a very compelling case that geography, geopolitics, and geostrategy are relevant factors in the rise and decline of great powers, past, present, and future... [This book] deserves the attention of policymakers and scholars alike."--Perspectives on Politics
"This interesting book examines the strategic structure of the empires of Venice, the Ottomans, and Ming China from the eleventh to the sixteenth centuries... Grygiel's provocative volume will initiate many debates."--Geographical Review