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Year 13 – New pre-release and Unit 3 links to read.

Pre-release links

1.The GeoFact sheet in the Unit 3 master document is well worth a read for background information.

2. Good article about how Iceland and China are becoming economically and politically closer: Energy, fish and transport.

Unit 3 energy and superpowers

3. A very useful read from Economist on the geopolitics of the Middle East. Saudi Arabia as the regional power and the need to move away from dependency on oil.

4. BBC documentary outlining how Islamic State has risen to be a formidable non state actor in the Middle East. Very useful for providing a background to conflict in the Middle East for the Superpower topic and the role of oil in funding the regime.

5. India is an emerging power. This article outlines what The Economist believes India will need to do over the next 10 years to cement its rise.

27th May links

6. Good outline of the recent modest rise in oil prices, useful for energy and superpowers.

7. Nato chief says Russian nuclear threats are ‘deeply troubling and dangerous’

8. Interesting piece on the need to end fossil fuel subsidies

9. Vladamir Putin has accused the US of pushing for a Uni polar world.

6 June

10. A very interesting set of graphs outlining the impact of conflicts in the Middle East on oil prices over time. Links to the original article.

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12. Article on the global growth of solar power. Outpacing nuclear….

13, A convincing (although unbalanced) set of points as to why the USA remains the only real Superpower. 

14. How many countries in Africa are leap frogging fossil fuels and building up their renewable energy infrastructure.

15. The rise of ISIS in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Interesting example of the spread of a non state actor to another region.

16. From the Financial Times – A planning decision on Monday could result in the first significant fracking site in the UK, just outside Blackpool:

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Unit 3 Superpowers

We will be studying the Superpowers topic of Unit 3 for the next few weeks.

Along with the notes you are finishing on the categories that determine whether a state – or states -qualify as a superpower, please ensure you complete the research on the country statistics (economic, military, population).

As with many of the topics we will study this year it really pays to stay clued up on current geopolitical events. Specific to this topic:

The unrest that is ongoing in Ukraine – Is this similar to the tensions and conflicts of the 20th Century ?– Wall Street Journal.

The rise of IS (Islamic State) In Syria and Northern Iraq – Increasing the tension in a region already being torn apart by religious and cultural divides. How will the ‘traditional’ powers of USA, UK and NATO in general deal with the threat? Radio 4’s PM program on Thursday 4th September is worth listening to. Around 10 minutes in there is a good interview with the Chair of the Defense Select Committee, Rory Stewart. This Guardian article discusses the importance of NATO in the face of Russian aggression and the rise of IS, whilst The Economist highlights the importance of geography by discussing role of Western fighters in the conflict.

The legacy of past previous western intervention –  Don’t forget Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. They may not be in the news as much, but their importance in unsettling  global power structures remains.