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Aggies GO! Welcome to Aggies Geopolitical Observatory

A toolkit of a few simple ideas to help you make sense of global politics

Welcome to Aggies Geopolitical Observatory, or Aggies GO. We live in a very complicated world, things are changing quickly, some events can seem very scary, and it can all be overwhelming. Aggies GO is here to help. We will use a toolkit of a few simple ideas to help you make sense of global politics. We want you to be able to understand and interpret current events. Each week we will post new ways to think about global politics you are reading about in the newspapers and websites, or seeing on the TV. While we won’t describe the event in detail (we are guessing that you are already following the news) we will try to help you make sense of the stories.

Who are we? The Aggies GO team is made up of USU undergraduate students under the supervision of Professor Colin Flint. The students are interested in different parts of the world and different types of politics. A fuller discussion of all the ideas we use can be found in Professor Flint’s book, Introduction to Geopolitics (3rd edition. Routledge. 2017).

Aggies Geopolitical Observatory is a service of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences of Utah State University. We believe in the land grant mission of the university. We want to use the things we talk about on campus to help you make sense of global politics. 

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Aggies GO Articles

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Will an Australian State Referendum on Indigenous Australian Nations Emphasize Inclusivity?

07/17/2019

Katie Miner - The difference between nation and state is highlighted by efforts to increase Aboriginal rights.

Old picture of small wooden homes

Attempting Inclusive Museum Narratives: Understanding Historic Places and Current Prejudice

06/27/2019

Katie Miner - Changing stories highlight the importance of place and identity to fighting injustice.

President Maduro’s failure to command basic resources for his citizens led to his fall from power.

No Resources, No Respect: Relating Material and Ideological Power in Venezuela

06/21/2019

Jaclyn Caldwell - President Maduro’s failure to command basic resources for his citizens led to his fall from power.

Two men in military regalia

Homosexuality Decriminalized: Leaving Colonial Networks Behind

06/14/2019

Katie Miner - Botswana’s High Court rules to eliminate law influenced by the colonial British network.

Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, and Sophie Gregoire in Charlevoix, Canada

Choosing Friends over Tariffs: Trump Reverses Levy on Trade between Mexico and Canada

06/06/2019

Jaclyn Caldwell - U.S. geopolitical codes solidify as the Trump administration lifts sanctions on metal trade to maintain positive relations with Mexico and Canada.

European parliament room with flags above the dias

European Election Results Reflect Disparate European Identities

06/05/2019

Katie Miner - How Europeans vote highlights the significance of identity when we think about an individual’s sense of place.