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The State of the World: A Framework [Which Candidate Is Strongest On Meta-Geopolitical Issues?]
Stratfor ^ | February 21, 2012 | 0959 GMT | By George Friedman

Posted on 02/21/2012 10:34:42 AM PST by fight_truth_decay

The evolution of geopolitics is cyclical. Powers rise, fall and shift. Changes occur in every generation in an unending ballet. However, the period between 1989 and 1991 was unique in that a long cycle of human history spanning hundreds of years ended, and with it a shorter cycle also came to a close. The world is still reverberating from the events of that period.

On Dec. 25, 1991, an epoch ended. On that day the Soviet Union collapsed, and for the first time in almost 500 years no European power was a global power, meaning no European state integrated economic, military and political power on a global scale. What began in 1492 with Europe smashing its way into the world and creating a global imperial system had ended. For five centuries, one European power or another had dominated the world, whether Portugal, Spain, France, England or the Soviet Union. Even the lesser European powers at the time had some degree of global influence.

After 1991 the only global power left was the United States, which produced about 25 percent of the world's gross domestic product (GDP) each year and dominated the oceans. Never before had the United States been the dominant global power. Prior to World War II, American power had been growing from its place at the margins of the international system, but it was emerging on a multipolar stage. After World War II, it found itself in a bipolar world, facing off with the Soviet Union in a struggle in which American victory was hardly a foregone conclusion.

The United States has been the unchallenged global power for 20 years, but its ascendancy has left it off-balance...

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TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: geopolitics; stratfor
"The framework of Meta-geopolitics strives to account for this new and complex reality. It combines traditional and new dimensions of geopolitics to offer a multidimensional view of power and power relationships. The importance of geography is superseded by the combination of hard- and soft- power tools that states can employ to project power. Meta-geopolitics defines seven key dimensions of state power that include social and health issues, domestic politics, economics, environment, science and human potential, military and security issues, and international diplomacy."[wiki]

Let's take "security issues, and international diplomacy." considering the violence, in the Middle East.

Stratfor says:"...the Middle East is undergoing a fundamental shift in its balance of power. The driver in this is not the crisis of 2008 but the consequences of the U.S. wars in the region and their termination. With the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, Iran has emerged as the major conventional power in the Persian Gulf and the major influence over Iraq. In addition, with the continued survival of the al Assad regime in Syria through the support of Iran, there is the potential for Iranian influence to stretch from western Afghanistan to the Mediterranean Sea. Even if the al Assad regime fell, Iran would still be well-positioned to assert its claims for primacy in the Persian Gulf.

Who is the strongest presidential candidate to lead this country in the wake of dramatic changes taking place in regimes in the Middle East?.. which should be recognized as a shocking reality check on our utopian belief system in America--that somehow, it will just turn out all right..just keep "it over there". Shake a few hands, give them a pile of taxpayer money, arm the opposition, as in the case of the Syria-rebels now referred to as the Free Syrian Army; but we must be sure those arms won't be the caliper that could be used against Israel, officials add. Fast & Furious pops to mind. Then John McCain says: “I believe there are ways to get weapons to the opposition without direct United States involvement." I wonder how that works, as he announces this to the world through the MSM. Sand off The Property of the U.S. Government stamp,then no one can tell? Think the gas prices are high now?

Who are you going to choose that possesses Strength of Leadership in international relations, under present day chaotic geopolitical conditions? Why are they qualified?

1 posted on 02/21/2012 10:34:50 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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