p. 11. It’s essential to be geopolitical!
- Klaus Dodds
At times of war and crisis, the focus on territorial and resource-related themes looms large. In recent years, our media outlets have been filled with stories about territorial-ethnic struggles in the Middle East, land purchasing in Africa, food insecurity, and austerity programs throughout the world. ‘It's essential to be geopolitical!’ argues the case for situating geopolitics within everyday contexts and advocates an approach that does not fixate with territorially defined states, big powers, and particular agents like US presidents. Geopolitics is embodied, experiential, and impactful. Objects (e.g. flags) and non-human actors and forces (e.g. hurricanes and ice) should be seen to be operating alongside human agents and agency.