During a time of on-going bloodshed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, and other places, the continued relevance of territory, international boundaries, and claims to sovereignty are as pressing as ever, despite current trends towards globalization. ‘It's smart to be geopolitical!’ argues the case for an awareness of geopolitics. Geopolitics provides a visual way of looking at the world, making use of maps, tables, and photographs. It uses a reliable guide of the global landscape using geographical descriptions and metaphors (such as Third World, Iron Curtain). How do such descriptions and metaphors generate particular understandings of places, communities, and identities? Geographical representations help inform people's understanding of the world, but that understanding isn't uniform.