This new updated edition presents the overarching themes of geopolitical structures and agents in an engaging and accessible manner, which requires no previous knowledge of theory or current affairs. It helps readers understand the geopolitical implications of COVID-19, China’s pronounced role in the world, the relative decline of the US, and the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Using new pertinent case studies and guided exercises, the title explains the contemporary global power of the United States and the challenges it is facing, the changing foreign policy of China and other countries, the persistence of nationalist conflicts, migration, cyberwar and cyberactivism, terrorism, energy geopolitics, and environmental geopolitics. Expanded case studies of the South China Sea disputes and China’s Belt and Road Initiative emphasize the multi-faceted nature of conflict. The book raises questions by incorporating international and long-term historical perspectives and introduces readers to different theoretical viewpoints, including feminist contributions. The new edition features fresh discussion of island geopolitics, the Anthropocene age, and geoeconomics.

Introduction to Geopolitics will provide its readers with a set of critical analytical tools for understanding the actions of states as well as non-state actors acting in competition over resources and power. Both students and general readers will find this book an essential stepping-stone to a deeper and critical understanding of contemporary conflicts.

The companion website will enable readers to apply the themes of the book to the constant shifts in current affairs to enable deeper understanding. It will provide access to weekly essays showing how the themes explain current events.


chapter 1|20 pages

Introduction to geopolitics

chapter 2|28 pages

A framework for understanding geopolitics

chapter 3|30 pages

Geopolitical agency

The concept of geopolitical codes

chapter 4|24 pages

Justifying geopolitical agency

Representing geopolitical codes

chapter 6|40 pages

Territorial geopolitics

Shaky foundations of the world political map?

chapter 7|34 pages

Network geopolitics

Flows desired and feared

chapter 8|26 pages

Global geopolitical structure

Framing agency

chapter 9|38 pages

Environmental geopolitics

Agency in the Anthropocene

chapter 10|26 pages

Messy geopolitics

Agency and multiple structures