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Are geopolitical trends still important in today’s rapidly evolving international environment? Will geopolitics still be relevant tomorrow or will certain “megatrends” make them obsolete? Select a scenario from the National Intelligence Council’s publication, Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, and briefly describe elements of geopolitical thought described in this scenario. Based on your evaluation of the scenario, make an argument in support for or against the relevance of geopolitical theory. Make sure to include specific examples from the videos for Chapter 4 from the Multimedia Library.

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CHAPTER REVIEW 1. Physical geography can deal with the graphic representation of a. mountains. b. rivers. c. oceans. d. all of the above. 2. Human geography can deal with the graphic representation of a. populations. b. religions. c. size of economies. d. all of the above. e. none of the above. 3. Geopolitics involves a. the politics of geothermal energy. b. understanding the national power almost exclusively in terms of physical geography. c. how politics influences our understanding of geography. d. none of the above. 4. Religious conflicts tend for the most part to be about a. religious doctrine. b. quarrels among religious leaders. c. different religious identities and politics. d. theological differences. 5. At the beginning of the 21st century, religious ideas and movements a. take second place to political ideology. b. are basically irrelevant in modern materialistic societies. c. are constrained by international organizations. d. have seen a general global resurgence. 6. According to Samuel P. Huntington, the clash of states will be replaced by a. clash of NGOs and the state b. clash of IOs and the state c. clash of civilizations d. none of the above 7. All of the following are considered to be duties for Muslims EXCEPT: a. pray five times a day and, if one can, make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in one’s lifetime. b. recite the Sunna once a month. c. give charitable contributions—one-fortieth of one’s wealth each year. d. fast (not eat) during the day in the holy month of Ramadan. 8. Terms used to describe the way the world is conventionally divided include all of the following categories EXCEPT: a. nation-states. b. multinational states. c. nations. d. ethnic groups. 9. The term “ethnic group” is often used to refer to a a. tribe. b. clan or extended family. c. people with a separate identity within the nation or society. d. church organization. 10. Nationalism is a. an ideology that mobilizes national identity. b. the same as ethnicity. c. inherently dangerous. d. patriotism. 11. Binational states include all of the following EXCEPT: a. Germany. b. Belgium. c. Canada. d. the former Czechoslovakia. 12. An unsuccessful multinational state that has broken apart is each of the following EXCEPT: a. the Soviet Union. b. Yugoslavia. c. Czechoslovakia. d. Belgium. 13. Nations without states a. are banned under the Charter of the United Nations. b. are given voting status in the U.N. General Assembly. c. are only represented in the European Union. d. at times have achieved statehood. 14. Neocolonialism is associated with all of the following EXCEPT: a. influence of former colonial rulers. b. maintaining elite ties between European countries and their former colonies. c. compensating former colonies for previous injustices committed by Europeans. d. sustaining European social and political values among former colonial elites. 15. Nationalities or nations without a state include all of the following EXCEPT: a. Basques. b. Armenians. c. Kurds. d. Palestinians. 16. Donald Rothchild and David Lake feel that the main cause of ethnic conflict is a. fear of the future. b. intergroup differences. c. ancient hatreds. d. economic differences. 17. The social process whereby various ethnic groups are merged under a new identity is called a. integration. b. assimilation. c. consociationalism. d. cultural genocide. 18. Another term for a state in which all political power and authority come to rest in the institutions of a central government is a. communism. b. totalitarianism. c. dictatorship. d. unitary state. 19. States composed of two or more nationalities and which through agreements and formal rules share or divide powers and positions of government are said to be a. mixed. b. consociational. c. confederations. d. decentralized governments. 20. States in which separate state or provincial governments have important functions to perform independently or share with a central government are called a. mixed political-economy states. b. consociational states. c. federal or confederal states. d. decentralized states. (Kauppi 146) Kauppi, Paul R. Viotti and Mark V. International Relations and World Politics

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