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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 »

“Down to Earth: Geopolitical Realities” by Geoff Sloan, PhD

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Geopolitics and the Union It was the American writer Samuel Huntington who observed that the job of the political scientist is not to improve the world, but to say what he thinks is going on in it. Huntington demonstrated this ability in his 1996 classic, The Clash of Civilisations and the… Read more »

Geopolitics, Geography, and Strategy ed. by Colin Gray and Geoff Sloan

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Geopolitics, Geography and Strategy, an edited book by Colin Gray and Geoff Sloan, has now been translated into Japanese. Professor Gray cofounded the Mackinder Forum and Professor Sloan is the Coordinator of the Forum in the United Kingdom.

“Undersea Cables” by Albert Chapman

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Professor Albert Chapman, an affiliate of the Mackinder Forum, was interviewed by the London Daily Telegraph for an article (“Why Undersea Cables are The Real Threat to National Security”) published January 22, 2022. Chapman’s article, “Undersea Cables:  The Ultimate Geopolitical Chokepoint” may be found here.

Mackinder Forum Seminar #46: Professor Paul Rahe, “Carthage Can Now Defeat Rome”

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On December 19, 2021, Professor Paul Rahe addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Carthage Can Now Defeat Rome.” Abstract: In 1890, when Alfred Thayer Mahan published The Influence of Seapower on History, he made no mention of Thucydides and barely touched on the great struggle between Athens and Sparta that the… Read more »