The geopolitics of nature
Did the three short years between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the convening of the United Nations "Earth Summit" symbolize the demise of one geopolitical order and the tentative emergence of another? Several politicians, diplomats, and strategic analysts think so. With the eclipse of a Cold War geopolitics in which two opposed "worlds" - the West and the communist bloc - vied for control of another - the socalled "Third World" (witness the infamous wars in Vietnam and Afghanistan, for example)- commentators have "been searching ever since for a new global drama to replace it ... " (0 Tuathail and Dalby, 1998, p. 1). Opinion is divided over how to make sense of this new era of intergovernmental relations.