Sessions 3 and 4 of GEB course

Sessions 3 and 4 today had been very interactive. The session focused on the linkages between political systems, economic systems and ideology which have its own time, place and demographic dimensions capable of bringing Geopolitical changes. The discussions went on to discuss the comparison between the ideology of India and China and its Geopolitical implications.

It was argued that contribution and gains of RISE OF EAST are more in favor of China. By 2015 poverty levels are to reach a healthy 5% in China while in India it is likely to be around 22%. However political ideology of China is far behind India and is capable to undoing of these fast gains of China in next few decades. It was argued that Chinese growth has its negative side wherein common Chinese are victims of state coercion wherein for example, they are unable to express their anguish over forcible acquisition of their land in China as against India where judiciary can reverse any wrongly acquired land by the State Governments. While such judicial orders can slow the growth of development in India it may be easy to complete developmental projects in China due to forcible actuions of the government. However slow the growth in India it is more natural and has popular public support and therefore more sustainable. This makes the geopolitical environment more stable in India. It is expected that the fruits of developments in India are more sustainable.

Therefore this session discussed how Geopolitical environment on a regional level may be affected by the political, economic and ideological systems. The sessions successfully tried to infuse a sense of understanding of the play of national powers on the world stage. This play of soft or hard power on the world stage further shape the geopolitical environment which has its complex dynamics which must be well understood by a successful international marketer in order to take multinational strategic decisions.

In this line of thinking some very interesting arguments emerged from the students which are as follows:

1. India has one of world’s strongest soft powers (political say).

2. Many countries find it important to have smooth relations with India for their on geopolitical situations. For example in spite of the fact that India has a leaning towards Iran, both Israel and US can not afford to be on the wrong side with India, partly due to soft power of India and realization that India has sovereign right to be friendly with nations which has potential to safeguard India’s future energy requirements.

3. India’s leaning towards Iran is not just confined to energy security but also aims at bringing US on negotiating terms in the wake of growing military aid to Pakistan, which is being used against India.

4. While South Sudan, the newest nation of the world has world backing, there are places which are still fighting to be free and self governing. Perhaps the geopolitical fortunes of such nations are not as promising as has happened to South Sudan.

5. Purple Revolution of the Middle East, if it spreads to China, can be a short term disadvantage for China in economic terms but it has the potential to bring lots of Geopolitical gains for the world’s most populous country.

It was very interesting to note above points as these came straight from the discussions among students in the Class. Student seemed to perform impressively in these sessions that in just 4 sessions their understanding of world politics got more mature and interesting. Now the challenge is to take this understanding to higher levels so that Geopolitical understanding of the students has the potential to being mush desired global outlook among students and be prepared to be successful futuristic managers.

In the next session students are expected to read a caselet in order to discuss the same in the class and go into the depths of the unanswered issues discussed in the geopolitically charged caselet.

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