In April 2014, USGIF published a 232-page monograph titled “Human Geography: Socio-Cultural Dynamics and Challenges to Global Security.” This is the first publication of the USGIF Monograph Series, marking an exciting new phase of USGIF professional development.
Edited by Darryl Murdock, Robert Tomes and Christopher Tucker, the monograph features a collection of articles from thought leaders and leading human geography practitioners from around the globe. The anticipated audience for this volume includes human geography professionals and academic programs where it would serve as either an excellent primary or secondary human geography textbook.
Here’s a sneak peek of “Human Geography: Socio-Cultural Dynamics and Challenges to Global Security.”
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USGIF Monograph Table of Contents
Robert R. Tomes and Christopher K. Tucker
Section 1 – Understanding the Story Thoughts from National Security Leaders
- “Is (Political) Geography Destiny? The Case for a New Human Geography”
- “The Human Landscape”
Joseph F. Fontanella
- “Human Geography: Back to the Future”
- “A Fresh Approach to an Old Challenge”
Section 2 – Administratively Derived Socio-Cultural Data in Human Geography and GEOINT
- “Warring and Administratively Derived Socio-Cultural Data
- “Napoleonic Know-How in an Era of Persistent Engagement”
Douglas Batson, Al Di Leonardo (U.S. Army, Ret.) and Christopher K. Tucker
- “Openness and Privacy in Public Spatial Data”
- “The Two-Edged Sword of Administratively Derived Data in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)”
Karol C. Boudreaux
Section 3 – Natural Resources, Human Dynamics and Security
- “Water Insecurity, Human Dynamics and COIN in the Sistan Basin”
L.J. Palmer-Moloney and K.U. Duckenfield
- “Relationship Between Freshwater Resources, Socio-Cultural Dynamics and Geopolitical Stability”
Jennifer C. Veilleux, Matthew Zentner and Aaron T. Wolf
- “Conflict Diamonds as an Example of Natural Resource Conflict”
Peter Chirico and Katherine Malpeli
- “Monitoring Growth in Informal Settlements-Anticipating Conflict and Risk for Insecurity”
Section 4 – The Socio-Technical Dimensions of Culture and the Modern Geography of Security
- “Social Media and the Emergence of Open-Source Geospatial Intelligence”
Anthony Stefanidis, Andrew Crooks, Arie Croitoru, Jacek Radzikowski and Matt Rice
- “Toward Cybersocial Geography: Meeting the Analytic Challenge of Social Media”
Section 5 – Names and Language in Human Geography
- “Perception and Identity in Geographical Names: The Potential for Cultural Misunderstanding”
- “Empire and Names: The Case of Nagorno Karabakh”
- “Minority Languages and Geographical Names in the Caucasus”
- “Hidden in Plain Sight: Socio-Cultural Analysis of the Geospatial Distribution of Toponymic Tokens in the AF/PAK Region”
- “The Endonym: Name from Within a Social Group”
- “Language, Culture and Human Geography: Decoding the Narrative on the Ground”
Douglas E. Batson
Section 6 – Policy and Governance in a World of Experts: Harnessing Socio-Cultural Dynamics for Global Security
- “Building and Using Socio-Cultural Dynamics Analysis Capability”
- “Refining the Intelligence Process: Adapting to an Era of Population-Centric Security Challenges”
Daniel T. Maxwell and Christopher K. Tucker
- “A Brief Overview of Activity-Based Intelligence and Human Domain Analytics”