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.
Checkerboards and Shatterbelts: The Geopolitics of South America
By Philip Kelly
It’s rare to find a book that takes a serious geopolitical approach to South America, a region that is mostly ignored, or at best is considered only at a political level. But in “Checkerboards and Shatterbelts,” Philip Kelly takes a comprehensive look at the region as a whole – not just select countries – and its relationship with the rest of the Americas. It’s a shorter book as a result of this approach, but Kelly does not sacrifice depth or intellectual rigor.
Kelly begins by bridging the regional and language gap between English-speaking North Americans and Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking South Americans. He explains how classical geopolitical theorists influenced southern schola