I don't understand what "geopolitics" means and I am asking help about that.
From googling, I found some definitions below:
Blackwill (2009) documents that
"Geopolitics in this context is understood to mean the art and
practice of the application of power by nations in the international
domain, a term originated by Rudolf Kjellén, a Swedish political
scientist at the beginning of the 20th century."
Kelly (2006) documents that
"Impact upon foreign and strategic policies of certain geographical
features – location, position, resources, topography, and the like. It
is called ‘geographical-impact-on- policy’"
Then I try to find out some practice examples to understand it more, I found one here:
They commented that:
"Geopolitical examples may include trade agreements, war treaties,
border or territorial acknowledgements, climate agreements, and more.
Two recent examples are NAFTA and the Kyoto protocol. The US
restrictions on Iran and EU support of Greece, are both recent
examples of geo-politics. The fates of nations are now closely bound
together. It is impossible for China to ignore all of Africa or for
France to ignore all of Asia or any other combination of countries and
continents. All politics is some aspect of geopolitics, now."
It seems to me that geopolitics is the decision of a government that affects other countries around it, I am not sure if my understanding is correct.
Apart from that, from such a definition, can you please explain to me about these examples, why they are geopolitics because the US is not close to Iran in geography.
The US restrictions on Iran and EU support of Greece, are both recent
examples of geopolitics