Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction shows why, for a full understanding of contemporary global politics, it is essential to be geopolitical. Geopolitics is a way of looking at the world: one that considers the links between political power, geography, and cultural diversity. In certain places such as Iraq or Lebanon, moving a few feet either side of a territorial boundary can be a matter of life or death, dramatically highlighting the connections between place and politics. Even far away from these ‘danger zones’ geopolitics remains an important part of everyday life. A country's location and size as well as its sovereignty and resources affect understanding and interaction in that country with the wider world.