OSHR 1114 - Geopolitics; the Overriding Effect of Geography (Including Climate) on International Politics

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Histories of the world (including current events) are heavily dependent upon the geography of
individual nations or regions (i.e., the mountains, rivers, access to oceans, agricultural potential
and transportation, and climate).

Three of the most important indicators of a nation’s success (or limitations) on the world stage are location, location, and location. The use of geopolitics (and occasionally, the related art of its twin, egopolitics) can be used to understand the background and current events in such diverse places as Afghanistan, Brazil, the Ukraine, and Crimea, the resurgence (and futures) of Russia and China, the prospects for the European Union, the long term future of the United States, the rise of other potential world powers, and a host of other international topics.

Maps, from a wide diversity of viewpoints, illustrate just how important
geography can be, and we will use them extensively.

Reading: Friedman, George, The Next 100 Years; A Forecast for the 21st Century, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-51705-8.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.