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Making sense of the Ukraine war: Geographers should not be afraid of geography

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Nick MegoranORCiD



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In this commentary I respond to the editor's dual invitation to offer critical geo-graphical understandings of the Ukraine war and to reply to Ian Klinke's specificcriticisms of my arguments about the role of NATO expansion in it. I suggest thatfirst, we should recognise that geographical factors are crucial in understandingwhy the war occurred. Second, we need to theorise how geographical imagina-tions influence international relations and have done here in the form of NATOexpansion. Finally, we should explore counter-mappings of European futures inways that could help us move towards a resolution of this terrible war.

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Author(s): Megoran N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Year: 2023

Volume: 48

Issue: 4

Pages: 821-825

Print publication date: 01/12/2023

Online publication date: 09/09/2023

Acceptance date: 30/06/2023

Date deposited: 20/09/2023

ISSN (print): 0020-2754

ISSN (electronic): 1475-5661

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/tran.12626

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/rf0k-6q32


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