Monograph Series

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”
    Parag Khanna
  • “The Human Landscape”
    Joseph F. Fontanella
  • “Human Geography: Back to the Future”
    Lee Schwartz
  • “A Fresh Approach to an Old Challenge”
    Patrick O’Neill

Section 2 – Administratively Derived Socio-Cultural Data in Human Geography and GEOINT

  • “Warring and Administratively Derived Socio-Cultural Data
    Geoffrey Demarest
  • “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”
    Richard Grover
  • “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”
    Karen Owen

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”
    John Kelly

Section 5 – Names and Language in Human Geography

  • “Perception and Identity in Geographical Names: The Potential for Cultural Misunderstanding”
    Paul Woodman
  • “Empire and Names: The Case of Nagorno Karabakh”
    Benjamin Foster
  • “Minority Languages and Geographical Names in the Caucasus”
    Catherine Cheetham
  • “Hidden in Plain Sight: Socio-Cultural Analysis of the Geospatial Distribution of Toponymic Tokens in the AF/PAK Region”
    James Sater
  • “The Endonym: Name from Within a Social Group”
    Peter Jordan
  • “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”
    Nathan Hamm
  • “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”
    Mark Phillips

Robert R. Tomes