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Geography Rising?

Most people don’t consider geography a controversial field, but that perception may change in the wake of the Iraq war and the ensuing shift toward pragmatism and realism in international affairs. Robert Kaplan argues that, “of all the unsavory truths in which realism is rooted, the bluntest, most uncomfortable, and most deterministic of all is geography.” Kaplan’s article outlines the conclusions of geography scholars, past and present, and discusses the future of Eurasia’s conflict-prone “shatter zones.” [%comments]