Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts What is Geopolitics and Why Does it Matter?

What is Geopolitics and Why Does it Matter?

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About the Event

Are you confused about Afghanistan? Are you wondering why you can't get an Xbox this holiday season? Do you want to know how K-Pop relates to U.S. National Security? If you or a high-schooler you know is interested in geopolitics, foreign policy, and history or simply want to find out the answers to these questions, be sure to join FPRI for one of two virtual seminars on geopolitical analysis.

This seminar will focus on providing an introduction to geopolitics, showing students how to look at the world through the lens of history, geography, and culture. Using a series of case studies, students will learn how to think critically about key geopolitical issues, analyze primary and secondary sources, and consider the full picture of geopolitics today.

Students who complete this course will earn an FPRI Certificate in Geopolitical Analysis.


Introduction to Geopolitical Analysis:

  • Learn how to use FPRI's geopolitical framework to understand current global politics through the lens of history, geography, and culture. 

Geopolitical Case Studies:

  • Afghanistan:
    • An example of how a territory can be a site of repeated conflict and an arena of great power competition.
  • The Global Supply Chain:
    • An example of the relationship between economic policy and national security for the U.S. and the global community.
  • The Korean Peninsula:
    • An example of how a generations-long stalemate can become a crucial element of global stability.

Q & A  and Concluding Remarks 


FPRI is happy to provide this event free of charge thanks to the generous support of our members, partners, and event attendees. If you are not currently a member, the suggested donation is $25.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our events coordinator, Kayla Wendt at


Ronald J. Granieri

Ronald J. Granieri - Dr. Ronald J. Granieri is a 2024 Templeton Fellow and the Director of the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He also hosts People, Politics, and Prose, a monthly event series at FPRI.