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Title:
Global geopolitical flashpoints : an atlas of conflict
Author:
Anderson, Ewan W.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : Fitzroy Dearborn, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xxi, 391 pages : maps ; 26 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781579581374
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Book

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Central Library JC319 .A52 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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This resource describes more than 120 major flashpoints--current and potential conflicts from around the world. The work analyzes each situation, its issues, and present status, and includes specially commissioned maps and extensive bibliographies to aid understanding. Also includes 125 maps.


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Booklist Review

A flashpoint is defined here as a "current, dormant, or potential" area of geopolitical instability. It is a place where the interplay of geography and politics gives rise to chronic instability that, in most cases, exerts an influence well beyond local borders. Because they appear daily in the front-page headlines we scan with our morning coffee, some of the names are all too familiar: Columbia, Croatia, Eritrea, Kurdistan, Palestine, and Sudan. Others, though usually relegated to less-prominent pages, may gain front-page status overnight: Ceuta, Epirus, The Hawar Islands, Mururoa Atoll, and Suriname. The three-to four-page entry for each of 123 flashpoints is handily arranged in three uniform sections: "Situation," "Issue," and "Status." The "Situation" section pinpoints the geographic position of the area, describes its physical relationship to the areas that surround it, and informs the reader as to why it is a flashpoint. The "Issue" section explains the historical context of the area and identifies the current political forces that keep it at the boiling point. The "Status" section succinctly describes what effect flashpoint status is having on the inhabitants of the region and makes some cautious predictions as to what is likely to happen next. Accompanying the text are a detailed black-and-white map of the flashpoint, a locator map, and a short reading list. The entry for Colombia is typical of what readers will find. Information is given on its land area, population, size relative to other Latin American nations, topography, and political structure. The key issue Colombia faces today is identified as "the maintenance and development of a democratic state in the face of a rising tide of violence." Its 20-year history of civil war is outlined, as is the relationship between this instability and the drug cartels. Finally, there is analysis of how the situation in Colombia will continue to influence U.S. drug policy, the lives of Colombians, and the security of its neighbors. There are two added features that make the volume especially useful. The first is a world map that pinpoints each flashpoint and tags it with the corresponding number for its entry in the text. The second is a list of more than 150 abbreviations and acronyms, the ones all good reference librarians know they ought to remember but frequently can't, such as UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees). This source will be a welcome and worthwhile addition to collections that support both general current events research and political science programs. Depending on the focus of a particular library's information service, it may deserve to be part of the ready-reference collection.


Choice Review

Anderson's excellent atlas provides brief, clear explanations of 123 flashpoints around today's world--"current, dormant or potential areas" of instability. Almost all can be characterized as boundary disputes, ethnic differences, or control of transportation routes or natural resources. Current flashpoints range from large countries such as India and Russia to small areas such as the uninhabited islands of Warbah and Bubiyan at the head of the Persian/Arabian Gulf and the Spratly Islands between the Philippines and Vietnam. Others such as the Kurile Islands between Russia and Japan are nearly resolved. Each entry is from two to four pages long and describes the geopolitical situation, narrates a short history of the conflict, gives the current status, and provides a very brief bibliography of two to four entries. Each is accompanied by a black-and-white map showing the immediate area as well as a small globe showing the flashpoint's place in the world. Although these maps are excellent, specific locations are sometimes difficult to find because of the typeface and spacing. Highly recommended for all academic libraries. K. Y. Stabler; New Mexico State University


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviations and Acronymsp. xi
Introductionp. xvii
Legend and key to mapsp. xix
1 Abu Musa and the Tunbs Islandsp. 1
2 The Aegean Seap. 5
3 Afghanistanp. 8
4 Albaniap. 11
5 Algeriap. 14
6 Angolap. 18
7 Azerbaijanp. 21
8 Bab el Mandebp. 24
9 The Baltic Republicsp. 27
10 The Barents Seap. 30
11 The Basque Countryp. 33
12 The Beagle Channelp. 36
13 Belarusp. 39
14 The Benguela and Tanzam Railwaysp. 42
15 Bessarabiap. 45
16 The Black Seap. 48
17 Boliviap. 51
18 Bosniap. 54
19 Burkina Fasop. 58
20 Burundip. 60
21 Cabindap. 63
22 Cambodiap. 66
23 Cameroonp. 69
24 The Caprivi Stripp. 71
25 The Caspian Seap. 74
26 Ceutap. 77
27 The Chagos Archipelago (Diego Garcia)p. 80
28 Colombiap. 83
29 Democratic Republic of the Congop. 86
30 Croatiap. 89
31 Cubap. 92
32 The Curzon Linep. 95
33 Cyprusp. 97
34 East Timorp. 100
35 Ecuadorp. 103
36 Epirusp. 106
37 Eritreap. 109
38 Ethiopiap. 113
39 The Falkland Islands (Malvinas)p. 116
40 Georgiap. 120
41 Gibraltarp. 123
42 Golan Heightsp. 126
43 Guatemalap. 129
44 Guyanap. 132
45 Hatayp. 135
46 The Hawar Islandsp. 138
47 The Strait of Hormuzp. 141
48 Indiap. 144
49 Indonesiap. 147
50 Iranp. 150
51 Iraqp. 153
52 Jan Mayen Islandp. 156
53 Kaliningradp. 159
54 Kareliap. 162
55 Kashmirp. 165
56 Kazakstanp. 168
57 Kenyap. 171
58 The Kola Peninsulap. 174
59 Democratic People's Republic of Koreap. 177
60 Kosovop. 180
61 Kurdistanp. 184
62 The Kurile Islandsp. 188
63 Kyrgyzstanp. 191
64 Laosp. 194
65 Lesothop. 197
66 The Liancourt Rocksp. 200
67 Liberiap. 203
68 Macedoniap. 206
69 The McMahon Linep. 209
70 The Magellan Straitp. 212
71 The Malacca Straitp. 215
72 Malip. 218
73 Mayotte Islandp. 221
74 Moldovap. 224
75 Moroccop. 227
76 Mururoa Atollp. 230
77 Myanmar (Burma)p. 233
78 Nagorno-Karabakhp. 236
79 Navassa Islandp. 239
80 Nigeriap. 241
81 Northern Irelandp. 244
82 Lake Nyasa (Malawi)p. 248
83 The Ogadenp. 251
84 Pakistanp. 254
85 Palestinep. 257
86 The Panama Canalp. 261
87 The Paracel Islandsp. 264
88 Perup. 267
89 The Rann of Kutchp. 270
90 Rockall and St Kildap. 273
91 Russiap. 276
92 Russia: Chechnyap. 280
93 Russia: Dagestanp. 283
94 Rwandap. 285
95 The Senkaku and Ryukyu Islandsp. 288
96 The Shatt al Arabp. 291
97 Sierra Leonep. 294
98 The Sino-Russian/Soviet Union Boundaryp. 297
99 Somaliap. 301
100 South Lebanonp. 304
101 Spitzbergen (Svalbard)p. 308
102 The Spratly Islandsp. 311
103 Sudanp. 315
104 The Suez Canalp. 318
105 Surinamep. 321
106 Tacnap. 324
107 Taiwanp. 327
108 Tajikistanp. 330
109 The Strait of Tiranp. 333
110 The Gulf of Tongkingp. 336
111 Transylvaniap. 339
112 Tromelin Islandp. 342
113 Turkeyp. 345
114 Turkmenistanp. 349
115 Ukrainep. 352
116 Uzbekistanp. 355
117 The Wakhan Panhandlep. 358
118 Warbah and Bubiyan Islandsp. 361
119 Western Saharap. 364
120 Yemenp. 367
121 Yugoslaviap. 370
122 Zambiap. 373
123 Zimbabwep. 376
Indexp. 379

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