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The Flawed Standard Model of Geopolitics

By Martin W. Lewis | April 1, 2015 | 9 Comments

(Note to Readers: GeoCurrents is now resuming publication after its winter hiatus. Over the next 10 weeks, posts will be oriented toward a weekly lecture course that I am teaching on the history and geography of current global events. The first lecture, given on March 31, examined an overarching issue that is essential for understanding many pressing events of the day: …

The Simplistic World-View of Thomas L. Friedman

By Martin W. Lewis | April 14, 2011 | 13 Comments

In his April 13, 2011 column in the New York Times, Thomas L. Friedman argues that the recent uprisings in the Arab world will probably not lead to the kind of mass democratization that occurred in eastern and central Europe after 1989. Although I must agree with Friedman’s basic thesis, I reject his reasoning, which

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