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Mackinder Forum Seminar #40: Professor Michael Desch, “Will the Real(ist) Thucydides Please Stand Up?”

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On Sunday, September 26, 2021, Professor Michael Desch presented a paper entitled “Will the Real(its) Thucydides Please Stand Up? Reading Restraint at the Heart of the Paradigm’s Ur-text to Avert the Thucydides Trap with China.” BIOGRAPHY:  Michael C. Desch is Packey J. Dee Professor of International Relations at the University… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #39: Professor Sumit Ganguly, “India, Pakistan and China after the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan”

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On September 12, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Eastern US time), Professor Sumit Ganguly addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “India, Pakistan and China after the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.” Biography: Sumit Ganguly is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #38: Dr. William Ruger on “America’s Afghanistan Withdrawal and the Future of US Grand Strategy.”

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On August 20, 2021, Dr. William Ruger addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “”America’s Afghanistan Withdrawal and the Future of US Grand Strategy.” BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Ruger was nominated by President Trump to be the ambassador to Afghanistan. His biography may be found here:https://eca.state.gov/fulbright/about-fulbright/fulbright-foreign-scholarship-board-ffsb/ffsb-members/william-ruger. ABSTRACT: As the U.S. withdraws militarily from… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #37: Dr. Louis Halewood, “‘Peace Throughout the Oceans and Seas of the World’: British Maritime Strategic Thought and World Order, 1892-1919”

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On August 8, 2021 at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time, US), Dr. Louis Halewood presented a talk on “‘Peace Throughout the Oceans and Seas of the World’: British Maritime Strategic Thought and World Order, 1892-1919.” BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT: Louis Halewood is the Philip Nicholas Lecturer in Maritime History at the… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #36: Professor Andrew Latham, “The State, War and the State of War in Medieval Europe.”

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Professor Andrew Latham, Macalester College, addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on July 31, 2021, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Eastern US time. His topic: “The State, War and the State of War in Medieval Europe.” Abstract: When it comes to warfare in the Middle Ages, the common belief is that… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #35: John Mearsheimer, “The New Sino-American Cold War versus The Old US-Soviet Cold War.”

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Professor John Mearsheimer addressed the Mackinder Forum on July 11, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US time on “The New Sino-American Cold War versus The Old US-Soviet Cold War.” ABSTRACT: The aim of this talk is to consider the similarities and differences between the US-Soviet rivalry (1947-1989) and the burgeoning Sino-American… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #34: Ofira Seliktar on “Embedding and Projectiles as a Winning Strategy of Hamas: Can Deterrence Work?”

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On June 20, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US Time, Professor Ofira Seliktar addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Embedding and Projectiles as a Winning Strategy of Hamas: Can Deterrence Work?” Abstract: The question of how to deter Hamas from starting another conflict has dominated the recent discourse. Most observers have… Read more »

So, You Want to Study Geopolitics?

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A GUIDE TO COURSES, CURRICULA, & RESOURCES Compiled by Professor Bert Chapman, MA, MSLS, Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies and Leonard Hochberg, PhD, Coordinator, Mackinder Forum-US SOME PRACTICAL ADVICE: The term “geopolitics” is an overused phrase. It can be heard on television, in the lecture hall, and… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #33: Jakub Grygiel, “The Limits of Sea Power”

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On June 12, 2021, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, Eastern US Time, Professor Jakub Grygiel presented a talk on “The Limits of Seapower.” Abstract: Sea powers are blessed with the possibility of greatness but they also face important limitations. The core problem is that their maritime superiority does not translate… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #32: General Sir Rupert Smith, “Reflections on Colin Gray’s Maxim 19 in the Light of Experience”

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On Sunday, May 30, 1:30-3:00 p.m. US Eastern Time, General Sir Rupert Smith (UK, ret.) talked about “Reflections on Colin Gray’s Maxim 19 in the Light of Experience.”   The relevant reading (“All Strategy is Geostrategy: Geography is Fundamental”) may be found in Colin S. Gray’s Fighting Talk: Forty Maxims… Read more »