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Mackinder Forum Lecture #1: Rear Admiral Dr. Chris Parry, “Ukraine: The Hinge of Eurasia”

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On Friday, November 18, 2022, 9:00 a.m. Eastern U.S. Time, Rear Admiral Chris Parry (ret., UK) presented the inaugural lecture in the Mackinder Forum’s newly established “Colin S. Gray Memorial Lecture Series in Geostrategy.”   ABSTRACT:  Chris Parry spoke about the coincidental symmetries between the works of the great geopolitical theorists of… Read more »

Geography, Geostrategy and Military Operations

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by General Sir Rupert Smith Unlike the majority of my school fellows, I enjoyed geography. Apart from the generally held opinion that the subject was for ‘thick’ boys, nobody took A levels in geography unless that was all they could do; I could not understand their aversion, not that I… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #66: Dr. Jeff McCausland, “What does Putin want now and how likely is he to get it?”

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On FRIDAY, September 16, 2022, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Eastern US time, Dr. Jeff McCausland addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on the ongoing war in Ukraine. His topic is “What does Putin want now and how likely is he to get it?” ABSTRACT: On March 20, 2022, Dr. Jeff McCausland addressed… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #65: Professor Michael Charles Beckley, “The Coming Conflict with China”

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On Saturday, September 10, 2022, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Eastern US time, Professor Michael Charles Beckley addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “The Coming Conflict with China.” ABSTRACT:  It is conventional wisdom that America and China are running a “superpower marathon” that may last a century. But the sharpest phase of that… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #64: Professor Brian Blouet, “The Legacy of Sir Halford Mackinder”

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Professor Brian Blouet, College of William and Mary, presented a talk to the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “The Legacy of Sir Halford Mackinder” on August 28, 2022, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US time Abstract: In the presentation, Blouet examined Mackinder’s legacy under several heads.   “The Scope and Methods of Geography”: This is… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #63: Dr. Thomas Grant, “Geopolitics and International Law”

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On Sunday, August 14, 2022, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US Time, Dr. Thomas Grant addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Geopolitics and International Law.”   ABSTRACT:  Geopolitics and international law might seem disconnected. Thomas Grant argues that the connections between them, however, run deep. International law—the law that applies among States in their… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #62: Rodger Baker, “Revisiting Arctic Geopolitics.”

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On Sunday, July 24, 2022, Mr. Rodger Baker presented a talk to the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Revisiting Arctic Geopolitics.”  Abstract: From a classical geopolitical perspective, the Arctic has often been a peripheral area. Mackinder’s heartland theory, for example, rested on the idea that the Arctic was a barrier, sealing… Read more »

Mackinder Forum #61: Jeffrey Herf, “Israel’s Moment: The Geopolitics of the Formation of the Jewish State.”

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Professor Jeffrey Herf addressed the Mackinder Forum on Sunday, July 10, 2022. His topic was “Israel’s Moment: The Geopolitics of the Formation of the Jewish State.” Abstract: “The state of Israel was established at a moment in time when the passions of World War II anti-Nazism in the United States,… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #60: John Hillen, “The Geopolitical Consequence of Ukraine War.”

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The Honorable John Hillen addressed the Mackinder Forum on Saturday, June 25, 2022 on “The Geopolitical Consequences of Ukraine War.” Abstract: John Hillen updated his thoughts on the geopolitical consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian War that appeared in his article appearing in the National Review. Biography: The Honorable Dr. John Hillen… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #59: Admiral Chris Parry (UK, ret.), “What have we Learned from the War in Ukraine (so far)?”

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On June 12, 2022, Admiral Chris Parry (UK, ret.) delivered a talk on “What have we Learned from the War in Ukraine (so far)?” Abstract: Admiral Parry talked about the pretexts and contexts that underlay the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the military response of the free world and the continuities… Read more »