REVIEW | Shedding Light on Dark Territory

By Prof. Keith Martin I have just finished reading Fred Kaplan’s Dark Territory: The secret history of cyber war (Simon & Schuster, 2016). This book is primarily a history of the approaches taken by the US government and military to dealing with the threats and opportunities presented by what we now describe as cyberspace. It…

Inuit Intuition: Recasting Arctic Cartographies

By Josh Holmes Echoing imperial desires to locate the fabled Northwest Passage, the looming spectre of an ice-free Arctic has sparked a sensationalised “scramble for the seabed” that reaffirms the prevailing geopolitical imaginary of untold prosperity from greater access, and control, over the “white blank” on the map. Last December, Denmark became the fourth Arctic…

Cementing a presence in the Spratlys

Earlier this year, numerous reports surfaced on China’s creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea through land reclamation of submerged reefs. Of particular concern, China was reported to be building an island at least 3,000m long on the Fiery Cross Reef which could be the site for its first airstrip in the Spratlys. The…

The legal, the material, and the geophysical: a few reflections on the Warwick postgraduate political geography conference

Last week I spent two days at Warwick University for their annual postgraduate political geography conference. It was a brilliant experience which showcased the depth and breadth of research being undertaken in political geography at postgraduate level and beyond. The theme of the conference was ‘contested spaces’ and this was explored through five panel discussions,…