GEOPOLITIK: Die meistbefahrenen Schifffahrtsrouten der Welt

Wer die derzeitigen geopolitischen und geostrategischen Geschehnisse verstehen und bewerten will, sollte diese animierte Karte der meistbefahrenen Schifffahrtsrouten der Welt mit den Konsequenzen der Realisierung der Seidenstraßeninitiative der Chinesen abgleichen. Hier einige weitere Stichworte für eigene Recherchen: Landmacht, Seemacht, Eurasien, Ukraine, Russische Aussenpolitik, NATO, The Grand Chessboard, Zbigniew Brzezinski, etc.


Diese Visualisierung wird von in Zusammenarbeit mit dem UCL Energy Institute erstellt und auch veröffentlicht.

MdP – MÜNCHENER WIRTSCHAFTSKONFERENZ DES IWS: Die neue Seidenstrasse als eurasische Infrastruktur

Eurasia, the supercontinent that will define our century

The end of the Cold War was supposed to inaugurate Europe’s age of reconciliations, when the continent, finally at peace with itself, would be able to exist as a unified whole. But reconciliation worked perhaps too well: the disappearance of the Iron Curtain also meant that Europe struggled to differentiate itself from the lands to the east. By expanding it might expand without limits; by retreating it might become an importer of instability.

The decade that brought down the Berlin Wall was also responsible for opening China to global capitalism. Deep value chains were quickly established, together with the infrastructure – both physical and digital – necessary to make them work. It is frequently forgotten that this infrastructure was first developed by Western multinationals and financial institutions.

In recent years, Chinese authorities have increasingly taken on this task and with the Belt and Road Initiative, a development project of unmatched ambition, they intend to be firmly in control. Spanning some 70 countries and requiring investment approaching $4 trillion, the initiative is deliberately intended to reshape the global political and economic order. China’s trade with countries along the Belt and Road rose 17.8% year-on-year in January 2018.


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Diese Infografik wurde vom WEF publiziert und von Reuters erstellt. Sie basiert auf Daten des Mercator Institute for China Studies. Klicken Sie auf die Infografik oder diesen Link, um zu dem Originalartikel zu gelangen.

MdP SERIAL – THE EXTERIOR PERSPECTIVE ON US: George Friedman at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs


Michael’s opinion: THE EXTERIOR PERSPECTIVE ON US is a MdP Serial in which international speakers or organizations are expressing their views about Germany and its role in Europe and the world.  

The first episode is a surprisingly explicit and open speech of George Friedman at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Let me point out that I’m a natural-born trans-Atlantic minded person. But I assume it’s good to know how our American friends are internally discussing their role and their strategy in the world. 

The Chicago  Council on Global Affairs is a highly renowned organization that over the decades was the host for a legion of global statesmen.  Click this link to get to their homepage.

The speaker George Friedman was the founder and CEO of Stratfor. Stratfor is a private consultancy on geopolitics and strategic forecasting. Meanwhile, his new entrepreneurial home is Geopolitical Futures ( and