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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 »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #31: Professor C. Raja Mohan, “The Evolution of India’s Grand Strategy”

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On May 2, 2021 (8:30 am – 10:00 am, Eastern US Time), Professor C. Raja Mohan addressed the Mackinder Forum on “The Evolution of India’s Grand Strategy.” ABSTRACT: India is moving away from its traditional identity as a leader of the non-aligned nations towards greater strategic cooperation with the West…. Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #30: David P. Goldman, “The Geopolitics of the U.S. National Debt”

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On Sunday, April 25, 2021, David Goldman presented a timely talk on “The Geopolitics of the U.S. National Debt.” ABSTRACT: Senior Biden Administration officials are worried about the strategic implications of China’s digital currency, now in beta-testing for domestic use and under development for international transactions in a joint venture… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #29: Professor James J. Sheehan, “A Closing World: Geopolitics and the Origins of the First World War”

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On April 11, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Eastern US Time), Professor James Sheehan delivered a talk on “A Closing World: Geopolitics and the Origins of the First World War.” ABSTRACT: In the last decades of the nineteenth century the world was transformed by a combination of technological, economic, and political developments…. Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #28: “Chinese Strategic Intentions & Proposed U.S. Responses”

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On Sunday, March 21, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Savings Time) participants in the Mackinder Forum Seminar engaged in a conversation devoted to the issue: “Chinese Strategic Intentions and Proposed U.S Responses.” Three background readings were suggested for this Seminar: Anonymous, “The Longer Telegram: Toward a New American Strategy,” Scowcroft Center… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #27: Professor David Graff, “Vertical Alliances and Horizontal Coalitions: Geography, Strategy, and the Lessons of China’s Warring States”

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Professor David Graff presented an astute and informative talk devoted to “Vertical Alliances and Horizontal Coalitions: Geography, Strategy, and the Lessons of China’s Warring States” on Sunday, March 14, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US Daylight Saving Time. Abstract: Lasting from about 475 BCE until the Qin imperial unification in 221 BCE,… Read more »

Powerpoint for David Graff’s presentation: “Vertical Alliances and Horizontal Coalitions: Geography, Strategy, and the Lessons of China’s Warring States”

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Posted with Professor David Graff’s permission.

“The Practice of Strategy: Two Case Studies from British History” by Kenton White

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A presentation to the Mackinder Forum Seminar #26, “Colin S. Gray: Master of Strategy and Geopolitics,” February 28, 2021 Introduction In his book Strategy and History Colin wrote, ‘Strategy is the bridge between military power and political purpose. Its state of repair is highly variable. Moreover … it is a bridge that… Read more »