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“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 #45: “Reassessing the Second World War in Terms of Geopolitics” by Sean McMeekin

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On December 5, 2021, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Eastern US Time, Professor Sean McMeekin addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Reassessing the Second World War in Terms of Geopolitics.” Abstract: World War II endures in the popular imagination as a heroic struggle between good and evil, with Adolf Hitler driving the… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar # 44: “First Principles after Kabul: A Soldier’s Reflection” by Anonymous.

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On November 20, 2021, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Eastern US Time an anonymous scholar and soldier presented his personal reflections, “First Principles after Kabul: A Soldier’s Reflection.”   THE ABSTRACT and BIOGRAPHICAL statement are withheld at the request of the presenter.   READINGS included: FM 3-24, Army and Marine Corps Counter-Insurgency Field… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #42: “Is There Genuine Strategic Utility in ‘Knowing Thyself'”? by Jeannie Johnson

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On October 30, 2021, Professor Jeannie Johnson addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Is There Genuine Strategic Utility in ‘Knowing Thyself’”? Abstract: Strategic culture theorists often cite Sun Tzu’s dictum to Know Thyself and Know Thy Enemy as something close to sacred verse. Those same theorists, however, do not always… Read more »

Heartland vs Rimland, Continental vs Maritime Power: The Geopolitics of the First World War*

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Hew Strachan On 25 January 1904, Halford Mackinder, Reader in Geography at Oxford and Director of the London School of Economics, delivered a lecture entitled ‘The geographical pivot of history’ at the Royal Geographical Society of London.  He described a world which had been fully explored and fully politicised – in… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #41: “Heartland vs Rimland, Continental vs Maritime Power: The Geopolitics of the First World War” by Hew Strachan

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On October 10, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US Time, Professor Hew Strachan addressed the Mackinder Forum on “Heartland vs Rimland, Continental vs Maritime Power: The Geopolitics of the First World War”. ABSTRACT: When Halford Mackinder gave his famous lecture on the geopolitics of ‘Euro-Asia’ in 1904, he warned of the challenge that the… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #40: Professor Michael Desch, “Will the Real(ist) Thucydides Please Stand Up?”

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On Sunday, September 26, 2021, Professor Michael Desch presented a paper entitled “Will the Real(its) Thucydides Please Stand Up? Reading Restraint at the Heart of the Paradigm’s Ur-text to Avert the Thucydides Trap with China.” BIOGRAPHY:  Michael C. Desch is Packey J. Dee Professor of International Relations at the University… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #39: Professor Sumit Ganguly, “India, Pakistan and China after the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan”

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On September 12, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Eastern US time), Professor Sumit Ganguly addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “India, Pakistan and China after the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.” Biography: Sumit Ganguly is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at… Read more »