: a study of the influence of such factors as geography, economics, and demography on the politics and especially the foreign policy of a state
: a governmental policy guided by geopolitics
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geopolitics (Concise Encyclopedia)
The study of geographic influences on power relationships in international politics. Geopolitical theorists have sought to demonstrate the importance in the determination of foreign policies of considerations such as the acquisition of natural boundaries, access to important sea routes, and the control of strategically important land areas. The term was first employed in the early 20th century by the Swedish political scientist Rudolph Kjellén (1864–1922). Geopolitical factors have become less significant in the foreign policies of states because of improvements in communications and transportation.
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