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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 #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 »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #26: “Colin S. Gray: Master of Strategy and Geopolitics”

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Mackinder Forum Seminar #26, “Colin S. Gray: Master of Strategy and Geopolitics” took place on Sunday, February 28, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US Time. This Mackinder Forum event was devoted to honoring the ideas of Professor Colin S. Gray who passed away a year ago. Professor Gray was a master… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #25: Dr. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, “Popes vs Kings: Competition and the Creation of Western Exceptionalism”

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On February 7, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time, Professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita delivered a remarkable and provocative talk entitled “Popes vs Kings: Competition and the Creation of Western Exceptionalism.” Given the subject of his forthcoming book, the significance of the Concordat of Worms, Bueno de Mesquita enters the… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #24: “Will Biden Differ from Trump in Foreign Policy While Remaining Essentially the Same?” A discussion.

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On January 31, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time, the Mackinder Forum Seminar engaged in a discussion addressing the question “Will Biden differ from Trump in Foreign Policy While Remaining Essentially the Same?” This weekend’s Mackinder Forum Seminar raised the question of continuity and change in foreign policy across the… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #23: The Honorable John Hillen, “Dueling Visions of America’s Role in the World”

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On January 10, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US Time, The Honorable John Hillen presented an engaging and incisive talk entitled “Dueling Visions of America’s Role in the World.” ABSTRACT: In examining the different visions of the two recent Presidential candidates in the 2020 US election, one can discern much more… Read more »

Geopolitical Thinkers: James Burnham

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Born in Chicago in 1905, James Burnham attended Princeton University and Balliol College, Oxford, and taught at New York University from the early 1930s until 1953. From 1930-1933, Burnham co-edited Symposium, a review of literary and philosophical criticism. In the early 1930s, he helped organize the American Workers Party, which later… Read more »