GEOGRAPHY IN THE NEWS:
How much a person knows about geography affects his or her opinions about foreign policy, sometimes in surprising ways. A recent poll conducted on behalf of The New York Times, for example, found that only 36% of adults could correctly identify North Korea on a map -- but those who could identify North Korea on a map were more likely to support economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, and cyberattacks and to oppose airstrikes and sending ground troops than those who could not find North Korea on a map. To paraphrase geographer Harm de Blij, a better understanding of geography serves as a "superb antidote" both to isolationism and to misleading public information about world affairs. www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/14/upshot/if-americans-can-find-north-korea-on-a-map-theyre-more-likely-to-prefer-diplomacy.html
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