Meetings

Conferences, Workshops, and Lectures of the Mackinder Forum


AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR COMPETITIVENESS

Strengthening National Competitiveness

No. 15: Conference

October 16-17; Tyson’s Corner, VA

“Changing Perspectives on Mackinder’s Pivotal Heartland”

Dr. Brian Blouet

The College of William and Mary

“China’s Nine-Dashed Map:  Maritime Source of Geopolitical Tension”

Dr. Bert Chapman

Purdue University

“In Defense of Classical Geopolitics”

Dr. Phil Kelly

Emporia State University

“The U.S. Geopolitical Future” (Keynote Address)

Dr. John Hillen

Former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs (2005-07)

“Strategic Competition in the 21st Century” (All Society Session)

Rear Admiral Christopher Parry (U.K., ret.)

“James Burnham and the Struggle for the World in the 21st Century”

Mr. Francis P. Sempa

Wilkes University

“A Geographical Aurora: Geopolitics in the US during the Second World War”

Dr. Geoff Sloan

The University of Reading


DCDC – MACKINDER FORUM Workshop

GEOPOLITICS, BRITAIN & THE WORLD IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Sponsored by Air Vice-Marshal Paul Colley OBE MA FRAeS RAF

Assistant Chief of Defense Staff (Development, Concepts and Doctrine)

No. 14: Workshop

September 21-23, 2010; Reading University, Reading, UK

“WHY GEOPOLITICS CAN GUIDE FUTURE US & UK POLICY CHOICES”

Dr. Leonard Hochberg

Coordinator, Mackinder Forum – US

“THE GEOPOLITICS OF THE US: THE FUTURE OF US STRATEGY AND ITS IMPACT ON THE UK”

Keynote Address by

The Honorable Dr. John Hillen

President and CEO, Global Defense Technology & Systems, Inc.; &

Former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs (2005-07)

“MACKINDER’S MISSION TO SOUTH RUSSIA: SIGNPOSTS FOR THE FUTURE”

Sir Ivor Roberts KCMG, MA

President, Trinity College, Oxford University

“RUSSIA: CENTRE OF A REVIVED HEARTLAND – WHAT NEXT?”

Dr. Paul Coones

School of Geography, Hertford College, Oxford University

“THE FUTURE OF CHINA AND ITS IMPACT ON THE NEW WORLD ORDER”

Dr. Jianxing Bi

School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

“MACKINDER, GEOPOLITICS AND THE FUTURE OF THE MIDDLE EAST”

Dr. John Darwin

Nuffield College, Oxford University

“IRAN AND THE GEOPOLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST: WHAT NEXT?”

Dr. Shaul Shay

Bar-Ilan University, Israel; &

Former Deputy Head, National Security Council, Israel (2007-09)

“THE FUTURE OF INDIA & THE GEOPOLITICS OF SOUTH ASIA – WHAT ROLE FOR THE UK?”

Dr. Graham Chapman, Professor Emeritus

Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK


DCDC – Mackinder Forum Workshop

Expeditionary Operations as a Tool of Geopolitics

Sponsored by Major General Paul Newton CBEMPhil

Director, Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre

No. 13: Workshop

January 19-21, 2009, Beckett House, Shrivenham, UK

“The Theory of Expeditionary Operations”

Dr. Mac Owens

Associate Dean of Academics for Electives and Directed Research, Professor of National Security Affairs, U. S. Naval War College, Newport, RI

“The Diplomacy of Expeditionary Operations: A Case Study”

Sir Ivor Roberts

CMG, KCMG, President, Trinity College, Oxford, UK

“The History, Geostrategy and Geopolitics of Expeditionary Operations”

Dr. Greg Kennedy

Professor of Strategic Foreign Policy, Defence Studies Department, Kings College London

“Asian Geopolitics and Expeditionary Operations: An Australian Perspective”

Dr. Mike Evans

Fellow, Australian Defence College, Canberra, Australia

“Case Study or Comparisons: What are the Criteria that invoke this type of Operation?”

Dr. Jeremy Black

Professor, Established Chair in History, Exeter College

“The Future of Expeditionary Operations”

Frank Hoffman

USMC and Research Fellow, Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia


DCDC – Mackinder Forum Workshop

Geopolitics and the Future of the Nation State

Sponsored by Rear Admiral Chris Parry CBE

Director General Development, Concepts and Doctrine

No. 12: Workshop

November 26-27, 2007, DCDC (in association with Reading University), The Old Mill and Swan, Minister Lovell, UK

“Commercial Networks and Political Instability”

Professor Gerald Schneider

Department of Politics and Management, University of Konstanz, Germany

“Conflict between Maritime and Territorial Organizations”

Doctor Paul Coones

Lecturer in Geography and Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, UK

“Geopolitical Theory and State-Breakdown Theory: Lessons from the Fall of the Soviet Bloc”

Dr. Randall Collins

Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

“Middle-Eastern Shatterbelts and Political Instability”

Dr. Geoffrey Kemp

Director, Regional Strategic Programs, Nixon Center, Washington, DC

“Urbanization, International Narcotics, Terror Networks, and the Future of the Nation-State

Dr. Phil Williams

Professor of International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh


Mackinder Forum Lecture Series

No. 11: Lectures

January 16,17 & 29, 2007

Mackinder Forum – US, New Mexico Tech, Santa Fe, NM

“Strategic Trends out to 2030”

Rear Admiral Chris Parry

CBE, Director General, Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, UK

“The West – Decline or Fall?”

Rear Admiral Chris Parry

CBE, Director General, Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, UK

“War Amongst the People”

General Sir Rupert Smith (ret.)


Mackinder Forum Workshop

Geopolitics for the 21st Century

No. 10: Workshop
January 11-14, 2006, Lod Cook Hotel, Baton Rouge, LA

Hosted by: Mackinder Forum – US, Dr. James D. Hardy, Jr., Professor, Dept. of History, LSU) and Dr. Leonard Hochberg, Coordinator, Mackinder Forum-US and Associate Professor-Research, DSM, LSU)

“The Enduring Significance of Geopolitical Thought”

Dr. Geoff Sloan

Coordinator, Mackinder Forum – UK, and Director, Graduate Institute of Political and International Studies, University of Reading, Reading, UK

“The Geopolitics of Strategic Resources”

Dr. Ewan W. Anderson

Emeritus Professor, University of Durham, Durham, UK

“Geopolitics and Strategic Cultures: A Comparison of the Nomadic, Chinese and Western Ways of War”

Mr. Laurent Murawiec

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Washington, DC

“The Geopolitics of Terror: Homegrown Jihadists in the West”

Mr. Steven Emerson

Executive Director, Investigative Project on Terrorism, and

Mr. Ryan Evans

Senior Research Analyst, Investigative Project on Terrorism, Washington DC 20015

“Astropolitik and Mackinder’s Geostrategy”

Dr. Everett Dolman

Professor of Comparative Military Studies, US Air Force’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell Air Force Base

“Toward a Second Cold War Bipolar System: A Geopolitical Net Assessment of Current Trajectories and Future Developments, 2000-2025”

Dr. Ioannis Loucas

Professor, Helmut-Schmidt-Universitäet, Universitäet der Bundeswehr, Hamburg, Germany


JDCC – Mackinder Forum Workshop

Geopolitics of Environmental Change

Sponsored by Rear Admiral Chris Parry

Director General, Join Doctrine and Concepts Centre

No. 9: Conference

March 13-14, 2006, Old Mill and Swan Hotel, Minster Lovell, UK

“The Geopolitical Implications of Environmental Change”

Professor Alex Murphy

University of Oregon

“The Geopolitics of Non Fuel Natural Resources”

Professor (Emeritus) Ewan Anderson

University of Durham

“Geopolitics and Energy Resources: The Case of the Northern European Gas Pipeline”

Professor Ioannis Loucas

Helmut Schmidt University

“Flash Points and Tipping Points: Security Implications of Global Population Changes, 2006-2025”

Professor Jack Goldstone

George Mason University

“Preparedness Planning for Future Pandemics”

Professor Neil Ferguson

Imperial College


International Business & International Security

No. 8: Conference

Nov. 10-11, 2005

Sponsored by: European Strategic Institute

“Sea Lanes of Communication and Internationally Security Policy”

Vice Admiral Lutz Feldt
Federal Ministry of Defence and Inspector of the Navy

“Die Weltwirtshaft und die internationale Sicherhiet der Hafen”

(“The Global Economy and International Harbour Security”)

Mr. Harry Mohns
Member of the Executive Board, Eurogate Group

“Unternehmenstransformation fur eine sichere ‘Supply Chain'”

(“Enterprise Transformation for a Secure Supply Chain”)

Mr. Thomas Dobler

Partner & Geshaftsfuhrer, Deloitte Consulting GmbH

“Securing Business in the Middle East: The Peace Process”

Dr. Shaul Shay

Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT), Interdisciplinary Center, Herzilya, Israel; and Head, Department of Military History, IDF

“Money-Laundry as a threat to International Business”

Professor Dr. Jean Avenel

University of Paris III

“Asymmetric Threats and International Business”

Prof. Leonard Hochberg & Prof. James D. Hardy Jr.

Louisiana State University


Conference to Mark the 100th Anniversary of Mackinder’s Heartland Theory

A Hundred Years of Geopolitics

No. 7: Conference

March 22-23, 2004

Opening Remarks & Closing Remarks

Prof. Hew Strachan

Chichele Professor of the History of War, All Souls College, Oxford, UK

Keynote Address

Dr. Stephen Biddle

US Army War College

“In Defence of the Heartland: Sir Halford Mackinder and his Critics, One Hundred Years On”

Prof. Colin Gray

Reading University

“Geography and War”

General Sir Rupert Smith

(Ret.)

“Geography and Diplomacy”

Sir Ivor Roberts

HM Ambassador to Rome

“Ancient Geopolitics and Modern Perspectives: Dilemmas of Justice and Geopolitics in the Athenian Maritime Empire as Portrayed in Thucydides’ The Peloponnesian War”

Professor Leonard Hochberg & Professor James D. Hardy Jr.

Louisiana State University

“Mackinder’s Strategic Thought”

Dr. Pascal Vernier

University of Salford

“Mackinder – A Life”

Prof. Brian Blouet

William & Mary College

“Mackinder Versus Mahan”

Admiral Richard Hill

(Ret.)

“Air Power and Geopolitics”

Prof. Michael Clarke

Kings College, London

“Air Power History and Geopolitics”

Seb Cox, Esq.

Head, Air Historical Branch

“Britain and the US: Our Partnership in a Challenging New World”

No. 6: Lectures

April 11, 2003

Admiral Bill Owens

USN (Ret.)

“The Geopolitics of the Balkans Conflict”

Sir Ivor Roberts

KCMG, Former HM Ambassador To Belgrade


Mackinder Forum Conference

No. 5: Conference

Sept. 30, 2002

Chios Island, Greece

“Geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean”

Professor Ioannis Loucas

Hellenic Naval Academy

“Geography and Diplomacy: The View from Belgrade”

Sir Ivor Roberts

KCMG, Former HM Ambassador to Belgrade

“The Geopolitics of Greek –Turkish Relations”

Cmdr. Mike Mason RN

Head of Defense Studies, Royal Navy

“Geopolitics and Security Issues of the Black Sea and the Caucasus Area”

Admiral D. Goussis

Hellenic Armed Forces Staff


Mackinder Forum Conference

No. 4: Conference

May 20, 2002

U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI

“The Continuing Relevance of Geopolitics”

Dr. Geoffrey Sloan

BRNC

“Why Geopolitics is Obsolete”

Mr. C. J. Fettweis

Univ. of Maryland

“The Geopolitics of the Balkans”

Dr. Peter Liotta

USWC

“The Geopolitics of Central Asia”

Dr. C. H. Fairbanks

Johns Hopkins University

“U.S. Strategy and Geopolitics”

No. 3: Lecture

March 18, 2002

General Wesley Clark

Former SACEUR NATO

“Geopolitical Thinking and the Modern World”

No. 2: Lecture

June 22, 2001

Dr Zbigniew Brzezinski

Former National Security Advisor

“Geopolitics: A Tool For Analysis”

No. 1: Lecture

June 30, 2000

General Sir Rupert Smith

KCB DSO OBE QGM DSACEUR NATO