Below you will find a list of books that members of the Geopolitical Futures team are currently reading. It highlights insightful and relevant books from around the globe and the reasons we chose them. Classical Geopolitics: A New Analytical Model By Phil Kelly George Friedman: GPF’s analysts, editors and graphic designers never stop learning. Every so often we undertake what you might call a “continuing education” course, a series of readings and lectures meant to sharpen our minds and maintain a common methodology. “Classical Geopolitics: A New Analytical Model” by Phil Kelly is our first assignment. I find Kelly valuable because he understands that geopolitics goes beyond geography – so much so that another name is probably appropriate. Perhaps the most important thing he discusses, the thing most geopolitical analysts assume in some way but avoid discussing, is the rational actor model. If geopolitics is to be predictive, as we try to make it, then the actions of individual actors must be predictable. The only thing that would make it predictable is rationality, but it has to be a rationality that at least minimizes error and irrational choice. Two dynamics play a role here. The first is that nation’s physical […]

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