on geopolitics

Building a More Efficient World

Rebecca Keller
Senior Science and Technology Analyst, Stratfor
Nov 22, 2016 | 09:00 GMT
Geographic features can hinder or empower a country in pursuing its imperatives. Cutting from the top of Minnesota to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, the Mississippi River is central to the United States and its enduring influence in the world.
Geographic features can hinder or empower a country in pursuing its imperatives. Cutting from the top of Minnesota to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, the Mississippi River is central to the United States and its enduring influence in the world.
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Inland rivers, railways and highways have all played their role in increasing the efficiency of transporting goods and people, taking advantage of existing geographic features. But even seemingly small technological advancements can revolutionize long-standing modes of transport and infrastructure. ...

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