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WKU department head publishes op-ed on geopolitical claims over territory

A longtime member of the American Geographical Society’s Writers Circle, Dr. David Keeling, head of WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology and University Distinguished Professor, recently published an op-ed addressing the geopolitics of claims over territory.

Dr. David Keeling

His commentary Whose Islands are These Anyway? appeared in the Middletown (Conn.) Press on Sept. 20 and addressed Argentina’s growing political rhetoric about its claims to the Malvinas/Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. Conflicts over islands and over pieces of territory have long strained relationships between political states, with the clash between China and Japan over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea just the latest example of these disagreements.

From 2003 to the present, more than 120 local, regional, national and international newspapers have published versions of 70 op-ed commentaries by members of the AGS Writers Circle. Media outlets include The Washington Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Chicago Sun-Times, Pravda (Moscow), Hawaii Reporter, Anchorage Press, myriad regional and local outlets, and blogs around the world.  With expertise in such areas as geopolitics (Afghanistan and the Middle East), spatial technologies (Geographic Information Sciences and Spatial Modeling), water management, global climate change (Arctic sea-ice melting), globalization, urban growth and change, and social issues (cyberspace, privacy, cultural imperialism, religious conflict), among others, the American Geographical Society can provide media representatives with up-to-date and insightful analysis of current and historical events. Links to previous op-eds can be found at the AGS website.

For information about the AGS Writers Circle, contact David Keeling at (270) 745-4555.

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