Strategic missile deployment: A geographic perspective on central Europe

Siska, Peter and Lauko, Villiam (2011) Strategic missile deployment: A geographic perspective on central Europe. Applied Geography, 31 (2). pp. 829-838. ISSN 0143-6228

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Abstract

During the past several decades, central European region has undergone significant political, economical, and geopolitical changes. This period has been marked by sudden swings from the geopolitical and military exploits of Nazi Germany to Soviet dominated communism and then to a free market democracy after the downfall of the Iron Curtain. Following the Soviet Union, the main geopolitical force and military player in this region is the United States of America. The question now arises, which direction is the geopolitical pendulum going to swing in the coming decades? One crucial test of these current developments was the planned deployment of the ground based mid-course defense system (GMD) that was proposed by the United States and supported by the governments of Poland and the Czech Republic. The objective of this research is to determine the current geopolitical atmosphere in Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic regarding the missile deployment and analyze additional factors that form public perception of current geopolitical status quo. As the results indicate, “the geopolitical pendulum” may swing again, but this time away from the United States towards more neutral ground.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Geography and Environmental Science
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Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2014 15:42
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2014 15:42
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/155

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