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Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games

51xwaajmMPLThe game motif is useful as a metaphor for the broader rivalry between nations
and economic systems with the rise of imperialism and the pursuit of world
power. This game has gone through two major transformations since the days of
Russian-British rivalry, with the rise first of Communism and then of Islam as
world forces opposing imperialism. The main themes of “Postmodern Imperialism:
Geopolitics and the Great Games” include: US imperial strategy as an outgrowth
of British imperialism, and its transformation following the collapse of the
Soviet Union; the significance of the creation of Israel with respect to the
imperial project; the repositioning of Russia in world politics after the
collapse of the Soviet Union; the emerging role of China and Iran in Eurasia;
and, the emerging opposition to the US and NATO. As the critical literature on
NATO, the new Russia, and the Middle East is fragmented, this work brings these
elements together in historical perspective with an understanding from the Arab/
Muslim world’s point of view, as it is the main focus of all the “Great Games”.
It strives to bridge the gap between Western, Russian and Middle Eastern readers
with an analysis that is accessible and appeals to all critical thinkers, and at
the same time provides the tools to analyse the current game as it evolves. The
Great Games of yore – Britain vs. Russia and their empires in the 19th century,
and the US vs. the Soviet Union in the 20th century – no longer translate merely
as the US vs. Russia or Russia/China. A major new player is a collective one,
NATO, which today is as vital as the emperor’s clothes to justify the global
reach of US imperialism. Today, the “playing field” – the geopolitical context –
is broader than it was in either the 19th or 20th century games, though Eurasia
continues to be “centre field”, where most of the world’s population and energy
resources lie. The existence of Israel is an anomaly which seriously complicates
the shaping of the geopolitical game. Its roles in the Great Games as both
colony and an imperial power in its own right, is analysed in the context of the
history of Judaism and its relations with both the western Christian and the
Muslim worlds