Geopolitics 2017



"An honest answer can get you into a lot of trouble....but trouble is exactly what we're looking for" - Anonymous


Caspian Report: Global Race for AI Supremacy

 What you Really Need to Learn 


Show of Force

Show of  Force II

General Mattis


Hans Rosling 200 Years in 20 Minutes

John Michael Greer

CApitalsim, Socialism, Communism

Pandora's Promise

China Nuclear Energy

Terra Power Nuclear

Bill Gates Invests

ITER fusion

Sunrise Movement

Yellow JAckets Spreading

France Socialism


OPen Borders (Economist)

Europe is Dying?


Europe is Dying

  9/6 #0 Course Requirements

Read the two short articles below.

Write: What do they tell us about the nexus between Politics (the struggle for power), Geography, Climate and History?

The Upside of Global Warming

China Arctic Geography




The Struggle for Control


 10/11 #13 Read:  Propaganda Under a Dictatorship 


1. What attitude must the Dictator have toward human nature and politics if he is to succeed in gaining and maintaining control.

2. What is herd-poisoning? Why is it an effective means of power projection for the dictator? Can you give a current example of where herd poisoning occurs?



 Academic Dream Team Helped Obama's Efforts

The Arts of Selling, Aldous Huxley

On the Individual


Der Feurers Face

Putin's Propaganda Machine

Twitter Herd




 10/15 #14  Read: Over Organization  



1. What are the characteristics of  the  New Social Ethic that Huxley's describes in his essay Over Organization?

2. According to Huxley, how have Individuals been affected by technological advances in recent years?

3. Make a list of the following:

a. Television shows you watched on a regular basis as a young child...

b.  Video Games you play on a regular basis

c.  News Organizations you receive news from on a regular basis.

d. Websites/Social Media you visit most frequently.


4.  How does the human "appetite for distractions" allow for an unforeseen type of manipulation?


Optional  Readings:


The Arts of Selling, Aldous Huxley

Hooked on Growth

The Psychology of Power

Propaganda in a Democratic Society

Social Engineers

Selfish Ledger



The Geopolitical Implications of Human Consumption




10/19 #16.  Read: The Long Descent  Chapter 1 The End of the Industrial Age  (pgs 1-34) 

1. What is Hubberts Curve? What does it predict?

2. What are the arguments made by the book "Limits to Growth". Do you find them to be valid?

3. Why has petroleum been so important in modern civilization? Be specific. Explain the reasons why it will be so difficult to replace petroleum.

4. Do you agree with the authors supposition that the Ancient Maya are a relevant example to what is happening in our civilization now? Explain.

5. What is your Carbon Footprint? Calculate yours using one of the following sites.

Simple  BP Carbon Footprint Calculator

Detailed   Personal Emissions Calculator (US Dept. of Environmental Protection)

Watch:  The MOST Important Video You'll Ever See (9min)


Geo Engineering



The Asian-Pacific Century:

11/9 # 17 Read The Geopolitics of China: A Great Power Enclosed and Renaissance!


 1. What are China's three geopolitical Imperatives? For each of these imperatives explain how China is attempting to address it.

Surf the  China Daily  and Global Times




Pence and Xi Faceoff

How China is Changing the Internet

CBC  Export of Social Credit

Is China Becoming a Black Mirror Episode

Sesame Credit

Why China is Building Islands

Trillion Dollar Plan

Policy Recommendations

Future Mega Projects


China Import Expo

China U.S. Focus: Peaceful Development

 China's Peaceful Development

China to Nurture 7 Strategic Industries in 2011-2015

Alibaba Group

America's Pacific Century

Social Credit Punishment

Journalist Banned

Our Tech Nightmare (Skinner Box)


China's XiJinPeng moves from President to Emperor

Xi Jin Peng Makes Chilling Grab for Power in China

Xi Jin Peng Thought Explained: New Ideology for a New Era

China 2020 Paper Tiger


Jiang Zemin Scolds Reporter

The China Africa Project

China's Naval Strategy and Shipping Routes

China in Africa

Chinese Cabin Crew

How to Make Leaders

China's English Language Propaganda

The Song of the 13th Five Year Plan

When China Met Carolina

Britain Meets China

China's Geographic Challenge

Will China Colonize North Korea?

Alibaba and Jack Ma

The Alibaba Story (Bloomberg)


China's Geography Problem

Africa is Becoming China's China

Belt and Road Initiative

So Many Secrets in the East China Sea

Sesame Credit

High Speed


China's Future Megaprojects

How China Builds Railroad Tunnel

Belt and Road VOX

China Rise: China or Bust

Turning Obedience Into a Game

Chasing the Chinese Dream

China's Silky Road to Glory

China's Belt and Road

One Belt One Road Initiative




 Read:  War of the World


 1. According to the article above, what are three obstacles to population control

2. What are the ways in which those obstacles can  be overcome?


Optional: The Coming Anarchy  (199

Population and Ikea Boxes

The Only Way to Stop Population Growth 

Converging World

200 Countries, 200 Years

7 Billion


Optional: Thomas Malthus: Essay on Population       and    William Godwin Responds

Answer: 1. What is the general view toward human behavior and economy in the writing of Thomas Malthus?

                2. Why does William Godwin disagree? What is his reasoning?

Optional: The Coming Anarchy  (1994)

#18 Urbanization:   


 Time and Google: Time Lapse Climate and Development

Urbanization:    Best Practices presentations

Be prepared to tell us the best practices associated with your urbanization category.

The Greatest Migration



Below is a list of possible resources.

 Dhaka: Fastest Growing Mega-City

Future MegaProjects

How do we Build the Cities of Tomorrow?

 Jakarta: Bursting at the Seams (video)

 Going Green in Abu Dhabi

Cities May Sprout Vertical Farms

Dynamic Architecture in Dubai

City Mayors

Tianjin: The Future of Cities?


Cities That Are Running out of Water

Future Timeline

Cool City Maps (REALLY!)


 #19 How are the World's Largest Petroleum Companies Operating in the 21st Century?


Geological Exploration

Reserves/Countries of Operation

New Technologies

Community and Charitable Outreach

Government Subsidies


Employment...What types of Jobs are available at the company? Where are these jobs located? What skills are required?



Exxon Mobil


Petro China


Royal Dutch Shell

Conoco Philips



 #20   Read: Anarcho-primitivism: Encyclopedia II


1. What is the main belief of the Anarcho-Primitivist?

2. What are the mechanisms of Domestication?

3. What is their attitude toward technology? Why?

4. Some have called Anarcho-Primitivist ideology Apocalyptic. Do you agree or disagree. Explain.



#21 Divided Reading: National Security and the Threat of Climate Change   The Encyclical (Pope and Climate Change)


 Everyone Reads pgs. 13-18 and 41-43

Group One: read and outline  pgs. 20-23

Group Two: read and outline pgs.24-27

Group Three: read and outline pgs. 29-31

Group Four: read and outline pgs. 31-35

Group Five:  read and outline  pgs. 36-41



#22 Alternatives  to Consider


Welcome to the Third Industrial Revolution

The Third Industrial Revolution

Jeremy Rifkin at the HuffingtonPost

Capitalism Cannot Save Us From Climate Change




Less Stuff More Happiness

In Praise of Idleness (Bertrand Russell 1932)

Becoming China's Farm Team


Apple Campus II


Optional :

 The Hunt For Black Gold (cnbc)   

 The Earth is Full  

Abundance is our Future

 The Real Cost of Climate Change

Hans Rosling: Development

The Secret of the Seven Sisters

Post (videos)

German Green Village



#23 Group Project


It may be  valuable to consider the distinction between "citizen" and - "consumers."  We humans  are referred to collectively as "the consumer".  Have our identities  been diminished to entities whose primary role is compulsive consumption of unneeded goods? What are the ecological, political, and cultural impacts of this shift in virtue? -


.....a related yet separate topic. Reflect on the question: what would it take to upgrade ourselves to CITIZENS again?



Create a Slogan, a jingle and a brochure for a  product that fits into  the concept of a Consumer Cultural  Revolution for Sustainability.


What is the Product?

What are its benefits?

What does it Cost?

How is it Delivered?

Why should people buy it?

* Provide a  Slogan, a jingle and a brochure



Technology Review (MIT)

Science Daily

Popular Mechanics

Discover Magazine

Energy Information Administration


 Federal Energy Tax Incentives


#25 CGTN: Opinions

Choose one of the articles. Write a summary of the opinion AND the issue. Be prepared to present the issue and opinion to the class

 #26 North Korea

Nuclear Arsenal

Watch: "Party  Rock Anthem" North Korean Style

Frontline: Secret State of North Korea Jan 2014

Read: The Korean Enigma

Browse: Korea Times

Korea Video Clips

All About North Korea

Inside Undercover

South Korea Education Fever


South Korea Nation to Watch


Tech Schools


Smart City Seoul


The New Technologies in South Korea

Where to Find the Worlds Fastest Internet

South West Asia


#27 Read and outline A Concise History of Islam and the Arabs.  Pay particular attention to the terms listed below : (This will be collected!)





Abu Bakr





Battle of Karbala





Sykes Picot Agreement

Balfour Declaration

Pan Arabism



Muslim Brotherhood


Sunni-Shia Split



 The Middle East's Durable Map

Saudi Arabia: A Brief History

Saudi Arabia:: How Charity Begins

House of Saud re-embraces Totalitarianism

#29 IRAN


How Iran became an Undemocratic Democracy

Iran: History and Culture (from Lonely Planet Guides)

Iranians ignore Sanction Pinch

An Oil Strategy In Case Iran Shuts down the Strait of Hormuz

Hormuz: Danger Waters

Oil, geopolitics and war with Iran

How Iran will fight back 


#30 You Can't Understand ISIS if You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia Pt 1  Alistar Crooke

Middle East Time Bomb: The Real Aim of ISIS Is to Replace the Saud Family as the New Emirs of Arabia  Alistar Crooke


What is Wahabbism?

What has been it's goal in the Islamic World?

What had Saudi Arabia's role been in the development of Wahabbist Ideology?

What is the relationship of ISIS to Wahabbism?


Bulldozing the Border

The Doomsday Ideology

Saudi Time Bomb



Rebuilding the Asylum System George Soros


In Class: Trafficking(Vid)

Top Ten Countries for Trafficking


Choose two of the following Articles and write brief summary of the main theme. Be prepared to present in class.

Congress Just Legalized Sex Censorship: What to Know

The Next Big Battle over Internet Freedom is Here

Internet Censorship Bill would Spell Disaster for Speech and Innovation

From Abortion to Sex Work: Why the State shoudn't Control Bodies

2:53.00-3:38.00 Senator Ron Wyden on Sesta

Craigslist Shuts Down Personals Section

Why Internet Advocates are Against the Sex Trafficking Bill

Are Lawmakers Trying to Kick the Sex Trade Offline?

The Internet Made Sex Work Safer...Now Congress has Forced it Back into the Shadows


Group Project Guidelines

Each group will delegate a part of the topic to research to group members. During daily debriefing each group will share their research. Daily consultation with Mr. Badgley to help construct a coherent presentation for each group that will be given to the entire class. Bring in articlles and detailed statistics in summary form that relate to your topic.


Group 1: Human Trafficking

Define the types of Trafficking

Global Statistics

Three Geographic Examples

Proposed Solutions

Select one Current Policy and explain its efficacy


Group 2: Human Rights

What are Natural Rights?

What are Property Rights?

How do the rights of  Reproduction and Production relate to the above types of Rights


Group 3: Freedom of Expression

Social Media: Who is responsible and liable for Content? Corporation or Consumer

How does the government regulate expression?

Section 230 of the Communications and Decency Act of 1996: Describe and Explain how it relates to Expression and Trafficking


Group 4: Media and Journalism

How do Voices get heard?

Who decides what the "masses" hear? Editorial Process: Skype with Wash Post Journalist Craig Timberg

Womens March

International Whore Day


Is Russian Collusion more or less important than "grass roots" movements and those advocating for social change?


Group 5: Sesta/Fosta

What is the intent of the Law?

How might it change the way that social media and the internet has functioned? For the better or worse?

Is the law fair? Unfair? Necessary?

Will it be effective?

How will it effect the most?


#32 Trans Humanism

Microchip Implants

International Drug Trade


 Impact of Drugs on Society

Drugs: Iran and Afghanistan

  Drugs For Guns

 World failing to dent heroin trade, U.N. warns

Meth flourishes despite tracking laws

View: Drug Intelligence Brief: Anatomy of a Southeast Asian Heroin Conspiracy

Watch: Fault Lines: The High and the Mighty


Read: It's Time to Write the Rules of Cyber War

Choose one of the articles from the Related Stories column on the right of the page and write a review. Be prepared to read the review to the class.

#15 Read: CIA and Data Collection    

Target Hack

Data Brokers

kerseHacking News

TEDX Cyber

When the Whole World Has Drones

Banks Under Cyber Attack

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus

Stuxnet: A New Era of Warfare

Hackers Wanted

Anonymous Vs. North Korea

Anonymous: We Can Change the World



\/\The Conscience of a Hacker/\/


      +++The Mentor+++

         Written on January 8, 1986

        Another one got caught today, it's all over the papers.  "Teenager
Arrested in Computer Crime Scandal", "Hacker Arrested after Bank Tampering"...
        Damn kids.  They're all alike.

        But did you, in your three-piece psychology and 1950's technobrain,
ever take a look behind the eyes of the hacker?  Did you ever wonder what
made him tick, what forces shaped him, what may have molded him?
        I am a hacker, enter my world...
        Mine is a world that begins with school... I'm smarter than most of
the other kids, this crap they teach us bores me...
        Damn underachiever.  They're all alike.

        I'm in junior high or high school.  I've listened to teachers explain
for the fifteenth time how to reduce a fraction.  I understand it.  "No, Ms.
Smith, I didn't show my work.  I did it in my head..."
        Damn kid.  Probably copied it.  They're all alike.

        I made a discovery today.  I found a computer.  Wait a second, this is
cool.  It does what I want it to.  If it makes a mistake, it's because I
screwed it up.  Not because it doesn't like me...
                Or feels threatened by me...
                Or thinks I'm a smart ass...
                Or doesn't like teaching and shouldn't be here...
        Damn kid.  All he does is play games.  They're all alike.

        And then it happened... a door opened to a world... rushing through
the phone line like heroin through an addict's veins, an electronic pulse is
sent out, a refuge from the day-to-day incompetencies is sought... a board is
        "This is it... this is where I belong..."
        I know everyone here... even if I've never met them, never talked to
them, may never hear from them again... I know you all...
        Damn kid.  Tying up the phone line again.  They're all alike...

        You bet your ass we're all alike... we've been spoon-fed baby food at
school when we hungered for steak... the bits of meat that you did let slip
through were pre-chewed and tasteless.  We've been dominated by sadists, or
ignored by the apathetic.  The few that had something to teach found us will-
ing pupils, but those few are like drops of water in the desert.

        This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the
beauty of the baud.  We make use of a service already existing without paying
for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn't run by profiteering gluttons, and
you call us criminals.  We explore... and you call us criminals.  We seek
after knowledge... and you call us criminals.  We exist without skin color,
without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals.
You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us
and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals.

        Yes, I am a criminal.  My crime is that of curiosity.  My crime is
that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like.
My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me

        I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto.  You may stop this individual,
but you can't stop us all... after all, we're all alike.

                               +++The Mentor+++

Space Report:

Find a company that is innovating for the space race. Report on the product (products) and how they will be used. This could range from Rockets, to Ships, to spaceports, to robotics, terraforming, mining, housing, energy, electronics.

Be prepared to show us images or video of the product and to answer questions regarding the economic prospects of the company. Below is an article that could get you started but I encourage you to find your own companies.


A New Cold War

6 Private Companies

Spaceflight Companies look to R&D

Larger List!!


VI. Outer Space


Shooting For the Moon

Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of Statesin the Exploration and Use of Outer Space,including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies

Space Law: FAQ (United NAtions: Scroll down for brief explanations)

Colonization of Space (NASA)


Space Fence

Star Wars: Lawmaker Touts Soldiers in Space

Air Force War Game Highlights Space Deterrent

Lack Of Space Assets Limits Chinese Military

 Space reports:

Write a brief report on your assigned area. Include current and future projects. Assess cooperation with other agencies and/or states. Also include the overall policy goals (as best you can).




United States




Private Enterprise


Search the Resources our  main page for info, also, the following  may get some of you started:       

 EIACountry Analysis Briefs The Strategic Space of International Transportation,


United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs



CSNA (China Space Agency)

European Space Agency

Virgin Galactic

 VII. Geopolitics of the Future

Future Timeline

Unmanned drone attacks and shape-shifting robots: War's remote-control future

WATCH: Halfway Human

WATCH:   "The New City" and  Future States (PBS)    and  The Most Peaceful World Ever


  Read:The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse

 The Next 100 Years  George Friedman

Watch: Fighting in the Fifth Dimension

Answer:  One Page: With which of these predictions do you agree. Explain. Which do you find fanciful. Explain

 Turkey Takes over the Arab Spring

Turkey and Egypt seeking Alliance

The Next 100 Years

Future Shock: Welcome to the New Middle Ages

The Next Decade

Read: The Art of Selling

Toxic Colonialism

Global Forecast


Scenarios: The Future of the Nation-State

The Future of the Nation-State 

 Civil Society and the Future of the Nation-State

 The Asian World Order?

Answer: Which of the Four Global Futures do you deem most likely? Explain why you believe this to  be so.

Read:  Four Alternative Global Futures

Millenium 3000 Scenarios  (Excerpts from the State of the Future at the Millennium)

 Possible Geopolitical Futures

Conspiracy Investigation.

Information Clearing House (News you won't find on CNN)

Democratic Underground

Hate groups-Conspiracy theories

Masonic Conspiracies

The News Underground

American Freedom News

Cloak and Dagger

The TWA Flight 800 investigation

 The Conspiratorium-Excellent New Material

How Clinton And Company And The Bankers Plundered Russia In The '90s [Free Republic]

 An Inconvenient History - The Russian Money Laundering Pyramid [Free Republic]

 Bilderberg - Shadow World Government? The Power Elite - Undermining democracy and other bits of my research

  The Truth about the Seattle riots--NEW

 ParaScope: Something Strange is Happening!

  Dr. Jose Delgado, Member of the Consortium, Mind Control and Hallucinogens

 The Bill Clinton Page

Bush Watch --NEW!

 EPIC -- Former Secrets -- Documents Released Under the FOIA




The Power of the Powerless (excerpted)

Full Text


What's Wrong With This Picture ,      The National Entertainment State      Media Ownership  The Death of Journalism


Choose one of the Media Companies below and answer the following:


a. What is the global reach of the company? How many countries do they broadcast to?

b. How diversified is media is the company i.e...... How many different types of media do they own?

c. What are some of the brands that the company markets?

d. How many people does the sum of the media's holdings reach?


CBS Corporation

 NBC Universal Comcast



News Corporation

The Walt Disney Company

The Top 200 Global Corporations: The Rise of Corporate Global Power  and  Business Doesn't Rule

1. In your assessment why would Sarah Anderson feel threatened by Corporate Power?  

2. Explain two reasons why Philippe Legrain doesn't believe that corporations pose a significant threat to life as we know it.

 3.  Read: WORLD: Corporate Balancing Act (Financial Times);     Corporate Leadership for the 21st Century: Sustainability Experience Required  What questions does the article from the Financial Times raise about corporate power? To what extent do corporations bear responsibility for social problems? What responsibilities do you think corporations should  have toward a society that government does not? Is it fair to blame corporations for poverty, disease, and environmental pollution? If so why? If not, who is to blame?


 Corporate Reports: 

Source: Company Profiles

Complete a report on the company that you were assigned in class. Answer the questions below as best as possible. Use the resources provided as well as your own searches. Answer each question with a separate paragraph heading. (See example)


What is the name of the company?

How old is the company?

What is the "home" country of the company?

What is the main business of the company? (What does the company sell)

What are the totals in Revenue, Assets, and Profits of the company?

How many people does the company employ?

In what countries does the company do business?

To what degree is the company involved in Philanthropy?

What is the company's status with regard to  human rights and the environment?

Include any items of interest and items worthy of mention.

Resources: *Be sure to visit your company's website! (There are links through the site) Company Profiles

Corporate Philanthropy




Jack Ma Charlie Rose 8min

 Politics of China's Rise:


China's Peaceful Development

 Read: Where the Yangtze Meets the Congo

China's New Leaders Ban Red Carpets

South China Sea Maps

Surf the  China Daily  Here

Video: China The New Superpower

China Shapes the World (Choose one Article and write a brief review)

I.  Economic Explosion

   Read: The Next Big Future: Infrastructure

   China's Orbit  

                China or the U.S.

                Chimerica: A Marriage on the Rocks?


1. How does China's economic development compare to the economic development of European and American powers? Is there anything China lacks? Is there anything they do better?

2. How is China using economic policies to maintain and increase stability?

3. What is Chimerica? Do you see this as a positive or negative arrangement?

 This is NOT Mao's China   (or is it?)

Surf: That's Shanghai

Surf:  Jobs Shanghai

China Bans Overly Entertaining TV

 China and the United States

In Bali for summitry,

 Obama announces trade deals

Hypersonic Bomb

It might not be Asia's Century After all

America's Fate?

Geography and Politics: Perspective and Power

MAP SKILLS: Central and Southwest Asia

On the blank map provided through the link above,  Color in and label: Countries,  Leaders,  Capitals, Oil Reserves, Rivers of Significance, Straits, Canals, Oceans, Gulfs, Bays, Hydroelectric Dams, Population and anything else you deem geographically significant.

Helpful Link:  CIA Factbook

Next Big Future

      Scientist Finally Know What stopped the Mongol Hordes

The Era of American Global Dominance is Over

The End of the Chinese Dream?

Obama to UN 2016

Iran's Strategy

Before the Flood

The 11th Hour

Thiel for Trump

Obama for Clinton

Who to Vote for Quiz

Humans Disappear




 Lonely Planet History of Korea







Top Ten Countries for Trafficking


Congress Just Legalized Sex Censorship: What to Know

The Next Big Battle over Internet Freedom is Here

Internet Censorship Bill would Spell Disaster for Speech and Innovation

From Abortion to Sex Work: Why the State shoudn't Control Bodies

2:53.00-3:38.00 Senator Ron Wyden on Sesta

Craigslist Shuts Down Personals Section

Why Internet Advocates are Against the Sex Trafficking Bill

Are Lawmakers Trying to Kick the Sex Trade Offline?

The Internet Made Sex Work Safer...Now Congress has Forced it Back into the Shadows




9/7 #1 Geography Strikes Back (Robert Kaplan)

1.   Write at least one paragraph that explains the extent to which you agree or disagree with  Kaplan's essay.

Video: Revenge of Geography


 9/12 #2    Geopolitical Perceptions II  

Read: The Effects of Representations of Space (bring to class as well)




1.  Give your own example of each of the following ways that space is represented :


a. cartographic   b. political    c. Cartesian Perspectivalism    d. optical    e. transcendental    f.  biological


12 Maps That Changed the World


Maps Your Textbook Won't Show You


Animated Maps that will Change your Perspective




Freaking Me Out




Geopolitical History and Theory


 9/17 #3 The End of Geopolitics? Part I: Modern Geopolitics



1. What is Geopolitics? 

2. What are the three elements of Modern Geopolitical theory presented in The End of Geopolitics......

3. In your own words, write the Grand Narrative that O'Toal argues is the essence of Modern Geopolitical thought. Make it clear and simple.


ISIL Narrative



 9/20 #6 Read Geopolitics Reborn   and  In Defense of Classical Geopolitics




Define:  State, Nation-State, Sovereignty

1. What is the Organic-State Theory?

2. Explain the Geo-Strategic ideas of Alfred Thayer Mahan and Sir Halford Mackinder

3. What is Geopolitik?

4. Explain the reasoning that Nicholas Speakman gives as to why the U.S. should project airpower across the globe.


Why We Fight: The Nazi's Strike

 No joy in US or Chinese exceptionalism

Mitt Romney: The Need for a Mighty U.S. Military


9/20-9/21  #7 Read, print out, and  bring to class:  Aristotle: The Politics, excerpts on State and Government



1.     How does Aristotle define the State?

2.     According to Aristotle, what is a Citizen?

3.     List and describe the three forms of government and their perversions.

4.     What does he propose are the primary concerns/responsibilities of a government? 

 5.  Which form of government does he think best? Why?


9/24 #14   Area Studies: CIA World Factbook



1. Use the links above and construct a bullet list of features about the country you choose.  Be prepared to locate on a world map. Include the following information:

1. Land area 2. Coastline 3. Population. 4. Population growth rate and Life Expectancy 5. Arable land  6. Agriculture products 7. GDP, GDP per capita, and GDP growth rate 8. Exports 9. Imports 10. Export/ Import Partners 11. Current Account Balance and Debt. 12.Form of Government  13. Electricity Consumption and Production 14. Oil Consumption and Production 15. Natural Gas Consumption and Production 16. Primary language 17. Environmental concerns 18. Climate 19. Predominate religion 20. Literacy Rates 21. Internet Users  22. Neighbors of Note  23. Urbanization 23. Anything else you find interesting or of note.



2. On a scale of 1-10, ten being the best, rate your state on its success in meeting the criteria that Aristotle proposes  as it pertains to Statehood. Comprehensive National Power Framework




9/26 #10 Read:   The End of Geopolitics? Part II: Postmodern Geopolitics Postmodern Geopolitics in the 21st Century;   If it Feels Right (nytimes)  and  Posteverything Generation (scroll to the comments as well)




1.  From your understanding of the reading, what is post-modernism?

2.  Outline and explain the elements of  Post-Modern Geopolitics.




10/1 #10 What is Globalization?



 Thomas Friedman: A Manifesto For The Fast World 

Dont Just Do Something. Sit There (Friedman)

Globalization I

Globalization II

Pax Sinica



Watch: New World Order      New World Order II   


Trump vs. HillaryIs Nationalism vs. Globalism 2016 

Obama on Globalization

Course Correction

Nigel Farage

The Trump Doctrine: Crosstalk RT

Globalism is Demonic

Nigel Farage on Globalism

Citizen of the World




Watch: Obama Speech to UN Sept 25, 2013

            Obama Speech to the UN. Sept 25, 2012  

            One World is Enough: The Police 1981

Listen: Ghost in the MachineAffairs??



10/9 #11  United States Geopolitical Strategy            Read: The National Security Strategy of the United States 2017

 Position Paper #1 (To be collected and graded)


What is the stated Goal of the United States  National Security Strategy?   Based on your understanding of the field of geopolitics, what is the geopolitical tradition from which the National Security Strategy of the United States is derived? Is it informed by  modern (a.k.a. classical) geopolitics, post-modern geopolitics or some other geopolitical formula? Which ideas have influenced it most (i.e Ratzel, Kjellen, Mackinder, Mahan, Spykman, Haushofer, Kissenger, Rumsfeld, Brzezinski, Wolfowitz, Bush, Clinton, Cheney, Obama, Petraeus, Kaplan.....) Assess the Strategy based on your own vision for the future. Is it too strong, too weak, just right? Elaborate in your conclusion.



Use specific references from the assigned readings and  from all of the homework to date. Two page maximum, typed and double spaced.


Compare if you Dare :

 The National Defense Strategy of the United States 2008

 The National Security Strategy of the United States 2010







What is the new narrative?  Who is the United States?  What should we be?  Whoever Controls the Narrative Controls the World


1. What are the values we should seek to advance? Should those efforts be limited to within the borders of the United States?

2. What should we seek to achieve, even if not supported by other countries.

3. What should we seek to prevent, no matter how it happens, and even if alone?

4. What should we not engage in even if urged by multilateral groups or an alliance?

#15  In Class:  Frontline Documentary: The Persuaders      



Advertisement Analysis:  Choose two advertisements: One political and one commercial.   ( TV, Internet, Embedded, Print....your choice.) Bring the ad to class.


1. What is the target market? i.e  Adults, Children, Male, Female, Ethnicity, Socio/Economic class.....

2. To what extent does the ad seek to create Loyalty Beyond Reason? If so, how does it do this.

3. Is there a coded message? To what extent does the ad appeal to  unconscious/ reptilian/ non-rational passions?

4. Read: What They Know


Optional  Readings:

 Academic Dream Team Helped Obama's Efforts

The Arts of Selling, Aldous Huxley
Advertising Code of Ethics: American Marketing Association.

The Vatican's statement on advertising.

 Apple is Obviously a Cult