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.