Sport games? Not only, geopolitical also.

Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

Many econometric models try to forecast the number of Olympic medals for each country. Some are regression of population size,GDP per capita value, hosting of games, historical statistics. Some are more focused on sociocultural variables. Also the Banner’s one, quite famous, was not so much functioning for 2020 Olympic games.Let’s try a more synthetic geopolitical […] Read more


Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

Why this small book? It has very far roots. During my primary school in Caldonazzo, Trentino, a bit after the end of second WW, I was often entertaining the other boys of my classroom with “conferences” on geography. I was around 7 years old. I remember a big terrace looking to the mountain and my […] Read more


Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

I started traveling in USA in 1978, having opportunity to cross the country many times from East to West, and staying there not only for tourism, from Niagara falls to Monument Valley, from Yellowstone to Yosemite parks, but also for working reasons in the Chicago area until 1996. I loved a lot USA: with Norway […] Read more


Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

“Too many tangos in Buenos Ayres”, says to me a young Brazilian guide in beautiful Iguazù cascade area. I remember this statement because in its simplicity it’s true, There’s something hypnotic in the national music of Argentina, sad, nostalgic as an Italian immigrant could be, sensually danced but not energetic toward a nice future. Argentina […] Read more

The third historical empire wants to flower again

Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

As Italian, you don’t need many web news to position the geopolitical potential of Iran. It was sufficient to me to contemplate the enormous rock sculpture near Persepolis, representing Roman Emperor Valeriano as prisoner of Sassanide king Sapur I in 260 after Christ: never a Roman Emperor was imprisoned by a Roman enemy, not even […] Read more

Along geopolitical fracture lines in Caucasus

Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

Armenia-Azerbaijan, a manual case. Caucasus is one of the region most interesting of the world for a curious of Geopolitics. With 40 etnic groups , 50 languages, various religions, long history of conflicts, this beautiful region on the North and on the South of these majestic mountains and forest is crossed by hundreds of fracture […] Read more

Hungary:deep roots to the future.

Posted by: Massimo Merlino in Varie

A memorable movie of Miklos Jancso, The horse Army of 1967, opened my soul to Hungarian legendary courage and cavalry traditions. Moved from those emotions I always paid attentions to Hungary, discovering along my life how much we Italians have in common with that history and culture. A small people of asiatic origin isolated in […] Read more

More bananas in European basket (or strawberries?)

Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

In 1989 a group of French geographers defined the concept of a BLUE BANANA crossing from North to South Europe, concentrating population and GDP, about 120 million inhabitants and 80% of European GDP.From Central England to North of Italy this banana, blue because of color of European flag, was expressing in a geopolitical way the […] Read more

India-China alpine war(15-18 type)

Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

Immagine 4000km of borders, 7000 m. peaks and deep valley quite inhabited, British elegant officers tracing borders in 1841 between Tibet and India, yaks around eating stones, you will be near to the scenario of this mountain eternal war from 1962 between the two Asia giants. After the Tibet occupation from China, Nehru said that […] Read more


Posted by: Massimo Merlino in geopolitic

U-kraina means “on the border” and never a name of a country expressed so completely its destiny. On the border of major empires, Austro-Hungarian and Poland on the West, Russia on the East, Mongols and Turks on the South. On the border of independence, so many times hoped, and always in danger. On the border […] Read more