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Mackinder Forum Seminar #58: Robert A. Destro, “Through A Glass Darkly: Reflections on the Geopolitics of Food Insecurity.”

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On Sunday, May 29, 2022, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Professor Robert A. Destro, formerly Assistant Secretary of the US Department of State, addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Through A Glass Darkly: Reflections on the Geopolitics of Food Insecurity.” Abstract: The ongoing war over the rich resources of Ukraine underscores a brutal,… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #57: Athanasios Platias, “The Thucydides Trap Revisited: Fate, Entrapment, or Intent?”

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Professor Athanassios Platias addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on Sunday, May 15, 2022, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern US Time.  The title of his talk was “The Thucydides Trap Revisited: Fate, Entrapment, or Intent?”   Abstract: This presentation is divided in three parts: First we will address what we see as… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #56: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, “Predicting Threats to Stability and National Security”

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On Saturday, May 7, 2022, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Eastern US Time, Professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Predicting Threats to Stability and National Security.” Abstract: Accurate anticipation of destabilizing political events is no longer in the realm of guesswork or the product of… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #55: Isaiah Wilson III and Scott Smitson, “Understanding Compound Security and its Implications for the Western Hemisphere.”

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On April 24, 2022, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Eastern US Time, President Isaiah Wilson III, PhD and Professor Scott Smitson (both of Joint Special Operations University) addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Understanding Compound Security and its Implications for the Western Hemisphere.”  Abstract: The United States faces compound security threats today… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #54: Professor Brendan Simms, “Hitler and Geopolitics”

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On Saturday, April 2, 2022, Professor Brendan Simms addressed the Mackinder Forum on “Hitler and Geopolitics.” ABSTRACT: We tend to think that we know everything that needs to be known about Hitler and that he has no relevance to today. Brendan Simms, author of a biography of Hitler and co-author… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #53: Professor Jack Goldstone, “The China Challenge”

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On March 26, 2022, Professor Jack Goldstone addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “The China Challenge.” Abstract:  The rise of China is confusing.  Giant with feet of clay?  Or 21st Century tech superpower?   This talk will provide an assessment of China’s short and long-term goals, the threats they pose… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #52: Colonel Jeff McCausland, PHD (US Army, ret.), “What does Putin want?  Why is he doing it now?”  

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Mackinder Forum Seminar #52 was held on Sunday, March 20, 2022, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m, Eastern Daylight Savings Time, US.  Our speaker, Jeff McCausland, PHD, Colonel, US Army (ret.), addressed the questions “What does Putin want?  Why is he doing it now?”   Biography: Dr. Jeff McCausland is a Visiting Professor at Dickinson College… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #51: Professor Athanasios Platias, “Leadership, Grand Strategy, and the Limitations of Neorealist International Relations Theory: The Case of Themistocles

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On March 5, 2022, Professor Athanasios Platias, University of the Piraeus, delivered a talk on “Leadership, Grand Strategy, and the Limitations of Neorealist International Relations theory: The Case of Themistocles.” Abstract: The assigned reading addresses the historical case of Themistocles to contradict the current “structural orthodoxy” that regards leaders as… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #50: Professor Geoff Sloan, “Down to Earth: The Geopolitical Realities of the United Kingdom”

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On February 20, 2022, Professor Geoff Sloan, Coordinator, Mackinder Forum-UK, delivered a talk on “Down to Earth: The Geopolitical Realities of the United Kingdom.” Abstract: The United Kingdom as the name implies is the sum of a number of separate historical entities. In terms of European state formation this is… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminars #47, #48, and #49, A discussion of Elbridge Colby’s new book, The Strategy of Denial.

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The first three Mackinder Forum Seminars of 2022 were held on January 9, January 23, and February 6. Elbridge Colby’s new book, The Strategy of Denial, was discussed by participants of the Mackinder Forum. Here is how we structured the readings and the conversation: Sunday, January 9, 1:30-3:00 p.m, Eastern… Read more »