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Meeting No. 16: Mackinder Forum Annual Conference, held under the auspices of the American Society for Competitiveness at Tysons Corner, VA, October 22-24, 2015

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Geostrategic Challenges and the Armed Forces of the United States. Evolving Roles and Missions: I, Army, Marines, Navy; II, Air Force, Cyber, Space Command (Two round-table discussions) “The Geostrategy of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs)” Dr. Leonard J. Hochberg, Coordinator, Mackinder Forum & Dr. Michael Hochberg, formerly University of Delaware “By… Read more »

Egypt’s Nuclear Energy Initiative

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By Shaul Shay* Talks between the P5+1 negotiating team and Iranian foreign minister and lead negotiator, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on a comprehensive nuclear deal, took place during the February 6-8 annual Munich Security Conference. The P5+1 seeks a comprehensive, verifiable nuclear agreement that would block Iran’s major potential pathways to… Read more »

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

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By Bert Chapman Government Information, Political Science, & Economics Librarian/Professor of Library Science, Purdue University Libraries, West Lafayette, IN. Posted October 30, 2014. Abstract:   The South China Sea  (SCS) is becoming an increasingly contentious source of geopolitical tension due to its significance as an international trade route, possessor of… Read more »

Meeting No. 15: Mackinder Forum Annual Conference, held under the auspices of the American Society for Competitiveness at Tysons Corner, VA, October 16-17, 2014

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“The U.S. Geopolitical Future” (Keynote Address #1) Dr. John Hillen, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs (2005-07) “Strategic Competition in the 21st Century” (Keynote Address #2) Rear Admiral Christopher Parry (U.K., ret.) “Changing Perspectives on Mackinder’s Pivotal Heartland” Dr. Brian Blouet, The College of William and Mary “China’s… Read more »

The Ukrainian Crisis, Part IV: In Extremis

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James D. Hardy, Jr., PhD & Leonard J. Hochberg, PhD Diplomacy seeks to smooth the edges and round the angles of international relationships in the endless search for accommodation.  But the power asymmetry among states and the unbridgeable differences among cultures and religions often make accommodation difficult.  Beyond that diplomacy is complicated… Read more »

The Ukrainian Crisis, Part III: The Deal

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James D. Hardy, Jr., PhD and Leonard J. Hochberg, PhD In eastern Ukraine disorder bubbles on, violence expands, the subterranean power of militias and the Russian special forces grows, and the authority of the Ukrainian government evaporates.  This has been going on since March 2014, and will continue into May and… Read more »

The Ukrainian Crisis, Part II: Borderland

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James D. Hardy, Jr, PhD and Leonard J. Hochberg, PhD Ukraine is a new manifestation of an old eastern European political phenomenon, the multi-national state.  The old eastern European empires, Austria-Hungary, Tzarist Russia, the Ottoman Empire, and Imperial Germany, had formed before nationalism became the dominant means of self-identification in the… Read more »

The Ukrainian Crisis, Part I: Weighed in the Balance

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James D. Hardy, Jr., PhD and Leonard J. Hochberg, PhD When the Russians moved into the Crimea, pundits and politicians, including Hillary Clinton, commented that the reasons given by Vladimir Putin for the invasion were the same as those used by Adolph Hitler at Munich in 1938.  Ethnic Russians (Germans) were… Read more »

List of References

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A list of bibliographic references, links to scholarship, and other information about geopolitical analysis. Outline: I.  Geopolitics, Strategy, and Prediction A. Introduction: Theory & Practice of Geopolitics Classical Studies & Commentaries Comparative Geopolitical Imperatives & Traditions B..  Some Useful Atlases II.  Strategic Thought & Action A.  Grand Strategy IV.  Prediction… Read more »

Review of Geoffrey Kemp’s “The East Moves West: India, China and Asia’s Growing Presence in the Middle East” (2010), by Ewan W. Anderson

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Kemp, G. (2010). The East moves West: India, China, and Asia’s growing presence in the Middle East. Washington, D.C: Brookings Institution Press. 326 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0815703884. Review by Emeritus Professor Ewan W. Anderson Given the current debate about the importance on history in international relations (IR), questions might also be… Read more »