Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient parchments or generated by Google, maps tell us things we want to know, not only about our current location or where we are going, but about the world in general. And yet, when it comes to geopolitics, much of what we are told is generated by analysts and other experts who have neglected to refer to a map of the place in question. In this study group, we will examine maps of Russia, China, the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic — their weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts, and borders — to provide a context often missing from our political reportage: how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders. We will glimpse a future where these characteristics may or may not play an even greater role in our lives. Our textbook is Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World, by Tim Marshall, (Scribner, 2016). Familiarity with Google Earth is helpful, but not required.