If ever there was a grim menace invading the planet violently, it’s happening here and now. Not only because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but because the signs of crisis, instability and suffering are everywhere, whether evident or latent. Contagions, socio-economic difficulties, crises linked to climate change, humanitarian and political emergencies are all phenomena that force us to measure ourselves with the global dimension of these crises.
The ambition of the 2021 edition of the Treccani Geopolitical Atlas is to propose an immediate reading, but which is careful to grasp the new dynamics in progress, which helps interested readers to understand the world and to expand their gaze, i.e. to place the West – despite its indisputable relevance – in the context of a world that is much much larger.
For this reason, the Geopolitical Atlas maintains and consolidates the pre-existing structure of the work, but at the same time renews and introduces new perspectives and outlooks to understand today's geopolitical reality.
In the World section, short introductory essays written by international observers offer a look at the world from different regional perspectives... and propose different interpretations (political science, military security, economics and institutional issues). The factsheets in the States section offer detailed information on all countries, from the largest to the smallest, indicating their current geopolitical situation in terms of Population and society, Human rights and gender issues, Energy and environment, Economy and finance, Defence and security, and international relations. The International Organisations section is expanded by integrating a focus on a global and regional dimension, involving public and private subjects and combinations of the two, plus global alliances and networks, to powerfully update today's realities. The final Data section, with indicators and infographics, offers new perspectives, complementary to the others, interpreting the world and its transformations.
The 2021 edition is the result of the collaboration between the Treccani Institute of the Italian Encyclopaedia and the Centre for International Political Studies (CeSPI), with the intention of becoming an updated tool to help orientation and better understanding of our historical moment.
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