Geopolitics of Small Islands

  • Beate M. W. Ratter


This chapter is about islands as pawns in the game of international interests and territorial powers. It deals with the spatial location of islands and the associated geopolitics, from the colonial period to the international Law of the Sea discussed in the 1980s and 1990s up to current examples of islands as pawns, from the Falkland Islands to the current conflicts in the South China Sea and the Senkaku Islands.


Geopolitics Guano Law of the sea UNCLOS III Territorialisation Strategic interests Disputed Islands 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beate M. W. Ratter
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of GeographyUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Coastal ResearchHelmholtz Zentrum GeesthachtGeesthachtGermany

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