chapter  4
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Geopolitics and the less developed

Not only have formal geopolitics tended to ignore the less developed countries, but even ordinary Americans tend to ignore them. For example, college students at three American universities were recently asked to rank the 55 countries of the world that have populations of more than 15 million on the basis of "geopolitical importance" (Archer et al. 1997). The students ranked the United States, the large countries of Western Europe, Russia, China and Japan as very important. Most of the less developed countries, by contrast, were regarded as unimportant. Ranked

near the bottom in order of importance were countries such as Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Burma.