How Land and Sea Powers Look at the Map
Illustration by Nate Christenson

How Land and Sea Powers Look at the Map

by Jakub Grygiel
August 23, 2023

In this essay from NBR’s project Mapping China’s Strategic Space, Jakub Grygiel addresses, first, how states think of their strategic space and, second, why they seek to control it.

The essay is part of a section on Learning from History that presents a collection of historical case studies, used for comparative purposes, that examine how rising or great powers, including China, have in the past defined their strategic space and the factors that led them to consider expanding it beyond the strict delineations of their national territory.

Read the essay on the Mapping China’s Strategic Space website.