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2012/3 (No 146-147)

  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9782707174512
  • DOI : 10.3917/her.146.0090
  • Publisher : La Découverte

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Today, maps spark intense interest thanks to the new possibilities offered by geolocation techniques and geomatics, which enable mapping phenomena with surprising speed. In geopolitical crises, geomatic cartography is the weapon of those who chose non-violence and believe they can thwart force by communicating about the geography of armed conflicts. The issue of the efficiency of maps deriving from what has been called “citizen science” raises the question of the role of maps and, in cases of conflict, their place in the strategies of opposing parties. Geopolitical maps of varying scales should serve as the basis for locating fast-evolving phenomena. Using them alongside geographic information systems can improve understanding of the balance of power in territories. The contributions of geomatics and geographic reasoning need to be combined more extensively in establishing the field of geopolitical crisis cartography. It is also important not to overestimate the capability of mapping technologies.


  1. “Citizens, Draw Your Maps!”?
  2. Democratization Produces More Rivalries and More Geopolitics
  3. “Strategies, Geographies, Ideologies” and Geographic Information Systems: Geopolitical Cartography and Geomatics
  4. Mapping Actors’ Strategies
  5. From “Local to Global”: A Complicated Muddle of Contradictory Realities

To cite this article

Barbara Loyer, “ Les crises géopolitiques et leur cartographie ”, Hérodote 3/2012 (n° 146-147) , p. 90-107
URL : www.cairn.info/revue-herodote-2012-3-page-90.htm.
DOI : 10.3917/her.146.0090.

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