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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 »

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.