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Mackinder Forum Seminar #70: Mr. Rodger Baker, “The Return of Multipolarity”

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On Feb. 5, 2023, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time, Mr. Rodger Baker addressed the Mackinder Forum on “The Return of Multipolarity.” Abstract:  Rising U.S.-China competition is reviving assertions that the world is heading back into another Cold War. But the Cold War was an anomalous period of modern world history,… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #69: Captain Samuel Canter (U.S., Ret.), “The Department of Defense and the Prioritization of Great Power Threats: Reframing the 2014-2018 Pivot to Great Power Competition.” 

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Captain Samuel Canter spoke with the Mackinder Forum Seminar on Sunday, January 22, 2023, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Time) on the topic “The Department of Defense and the Prioritization of Great Power Threats.” Abstract:  Why did the Department of Defense begin to prioritize Great Power Competition (GPC) during the 2014 –… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Lecture #2: Colonel Dr. Jeff McCausland (ret., US), “Geostrategy and Leadership Lessons from the War in Ukraine.”

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On Friday, January 13, 2023, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Eastern U.S. Time, Colonel Dr. Jeff McCausland (ret., US) presented the second lecture in the Mackinder Forum’s recently established “Colin S. Gray Memorial Lecture Series in Geostrategy.”  The title of his talk: “Geostrategy and Leadership Lessons from the War in Ukraine.” ABSTRACT:… Read more »

Publications Bibliography by Professor Colin S. Gray (1943-2020)

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Table of Contents* (updated October 11, 2020) Books Edited Books Monographs Chapters in Books Articles in Journals (N.B. excluding reports for the U.S. and U.K. governments). BOOKS: Theory of Strategy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 162 pp. Strategy and Politics (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016), 178 pp. The Future of Strategy (Cambridge: Polity Press 2015),… Read more »

The Origins of the Mackinder Forum

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The origins of the Mackinder Forum can be traced back to 1994, when the British Ministry of Defence appointed Professor Geoff Sloan as a Defence Fellow at St Antony’s College Oxford. His task was to research and write for the MOD a Defence Fellowship thesis on: “The Geopolitics of Anglo-Irish… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #68: Dr. Chris Miller, “The Chip War and the Future of U.S. China Competition”

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On December 12, 2022, Dr. Chris Miller addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “The Chip War and the Future of U.S. China Competition.” Dr. Miller circulated selections from his award winning book, Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology. Abstract: In terms of shaping the balance of… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #67: David P. Goldman, “Military Technology, Geostrategy and the Defense of Taiwan”

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On December 4, 2022, Mr. David P. Goldman delivered a talk to the Mackinder Forum Seminar Series on “Military Technology, Geostrategy and the Defense of Taiwan.” He argued: Weapons technology including hypersonic vehicles and surface-to-ship missiles present a threat to naval assets comparable to the torpedo and dive bombers of… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Lecture #1: Rear Admiral Dr. Chris Parry, “Ukraine: The Hinge of Eurasia”

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On Friday, November 18, 2022, 9:00 a.m. Eastern U.S. Time, Rear Admiral Chris Parry (ret., UK) presented the inaugural lecture in the Mackinder Forum’s newly established “Colin S. Gray Memorial Lecture Series in Geostrategy.”   ABSTRACT:  Chris Parry spoke about the coincidental symmetries between the works of the great geopolitical theorists of… Read more »

Geography, Geostrategy and Military Operations

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by General Sir Rupert Smith Unlike the majority of my school fellows, I enjoyed geography. Apart from the generally held opinion that the subject was for ‘thick’ boys, nobody took A levels in geography unless that was all they could do; I could not understand their aversion, not that I… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #66: Dr. Jeff McCausland, “What does Putin want now and how likely is he to get it?”

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On FRIDAY, September 16, 2022, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Eastern US time, Dr. Jeff McCausland addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on the ongoing war in Ukraine. His topic is “What does Putin want now and how likely is he to get it?” ABSTRACT: On March 20, 2022, Dr. Jeff McCausland addressed… Read more »