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11 November 2019

Así se domina el Mundo



I like reading. I don’t have much time for reading but I like reading at least 10 minutes a day. I’ve needed more than two months for reading the last book, but I’ve finished it. Great!! Así se domina el mundo by Pedro Baños has been the last book I've read. Pedro is a Spanish military and Colonel of the Spanish Army who is specialized in geostrategy, defense, security, terrorism and intelligence. Actually, I didn’t know anything about this man till I’ve read this book. If you like these topics, you can also watch “La mesa del coronel (Cuatro)” where Pedro works as a presenter.

This is a book mainly about geopolitics and geostrategy. These are two concepts I didn’t know very well. Geopolitics is the study of the effects of Earth’s geography (human and physical) on politics and international relations. However, geostrategy, which is a subfield of geopolitics, is a type of foreign policy guided principally by geographical factors as they inform, constrain, or affect political and military planning. Therefore, geopolitics and geostrategy are very important because the world is defined by these two concepts.

If you want to know about geopolitics and geostrategy, you’ll have to study history. The world is like it is today thanks to history. For instance, Crimea was in Ottoman Empire, which recognised the independence of Crimea, but was then conquered by the Russian Empire. During Soviet Union, Crimea was autonomous in the Ukrainian Republic but the Russian Federation wants Crimea goes back to Russia. Today, Crimean people is divided between Russians, Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars, Belarusians, Armenians and others. To sum up, it’s a mess. What’s more, there are lots of mess like this around the world.

We can read in this book some immutable geopolitical principles. These principles are very important to understand why the world and countries make decisions. For example, States are like living being which move mainly by the economy. We can see the trade war between China and US. Both countries are fighting to dominate the world. However, history and allies are also two immutable principles very important in geopolitics.

We can also read some interesting geostrategies in this book. Intimidation is one of the strategies most used by States. We can see how most countries show off military equipment. Russia, North Korea, China, US or even Spain show tanks, fighter aircraft and bombs to intimidate adversaries. However, there are many strategies such as the breaking point or support the division. I’m sure some of them will be well known for you.

In addition, we can read some errors made in geopolitic. Idiosyncrasy is something to take into account in geopolitics because each country and each town is different. There are lots of cultures which has to be taken into account. Religions are also important by lots of people. States can make errors in geopolitics which can be dangerous for the future of the country.

That’s all my friends. If you love geopolitics and geostrategic, you should read this book.

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