MdP – GEOPOLITIK: Geographische Engpässe für die Versorgung mit Nahrungsmitteln

Must Read: 
How trade chokepoints pose a growing threat to global food security

Introduction to the article: 
Trade chokepoints – maritime, coastal and inland – pose an underexplored and growing risk to global food security, argues the report Chokepoints and Vulnerabilities in Global Food Trade.

Maritime chokepoints will become increasingly integral to meeting global food supply as population growth, shifting dietary preferences, bioenergy expansion and slowing improvements in crop yields drive up demand for imported grain.

Rising trade volumes, increasing dependence on imports among food-deficit countries, underinvestment, weak governance, climate change and emerging disruptive hazards together make chokepoint disruptions – both small-scale and large-scale – increasingly likely.

Climate change will have a compounding effect on chokepoint risk, increasing the probability of both isolated and multiple concurrent weather-induced disturbances.

Investment in infrastructure lags demands growth: critical networks in major crop-producing regions are weak and aging, and extra capacity is urgently needed.


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MdP – GEOPOLITIK: Buchempfehlung „Prisoners of Geography“ von Tim Marshall

Prisoners of Geography

Geopolitik und internationale, strategische Zusammenhänge haben in der medialen Berichterstattung nicht mehr den Raum, der ihrer Bedeutung in der Realpolitik gerecht wird. Dabei sind Kenntnisse über die globalen Interessen der Nationen von größter Bedeutung um politische Entwicklungen verstehen und gestalten zu können.

Im Maschinenraum der Politik werden wir uns intensiv um die Vermittlung von geopolitischen Wissen befassen. Wir liefern „the bigger picture“.

Heutige Empfehlung:
Zur Einführung in das Thema ist das Buch „Prisoners of Geography“ von Tim Marshall sehr zu empfehlen. Dieses ist auch auf Deutsch unter dem Titel „Die Macht der Geographie“ erhältlich. Ihr Buchhändler oder der online Anbieter Ihres Vertrauens hält dieses bemerkenswertes Werk für Sie bereit. Auch als Hörbuch.





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