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Mackinder Forum Seminar #43: “Prediction, Policy, and International Relations Theories” by Joseph Grieco

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On Sunday, November 7, 1:30-3:00 pm Eastern US Time, Professor Joe Grieco addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Prediction, Policy, and International Relations Theories.” ABSTRACT: How can the field of International Relations (IR) make a useful contribution to decision-making and public discourse on foreign policy? We in IR often wish… 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 »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #38: Dr. William Ruger on “America’s Afghanistan Withdrawal and the Future of US Grand Strategy.”

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On August 20, 2021, Dr. William Ruger addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “”America’s Afghanistan Withdrawal and the Future of US Grand Strategy.” BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Ruger was nominated by President Trump to be the ambassador to Afghanistan. His biography may be found here:https://eca.state.gov/fulbright/about-fulbright/fulbright-foreign-scholarship-board-ffsb/ffsb-members/william-ruger. ABSTRACT: As the U.S. withdraws militarily from… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #37: Dr. Louis Halewood, “‘Peace Throughout the Oceans and Seas of the World’: British Maritime Strategic Thought and World Order, 1892-1919”

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On August 8, 2021 at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time, US), Dr. Louis Halewood presented a talk on “‘Peace Throughout the Oceans and Seas of the World’: British Maritime Strategic Thought and World Order, 1892-1919.” BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT: Louis Halewood is the Philip Nicholas Lecturer in Maritime History at the… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #36: Professor Andrew Latham, “The State, War and the State of War in Medieval Europe.”

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Professor Andrew Latham, Macalester College, addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on July 31, 2021, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Eastern US time. His topic: “The State, War and the State of War in Medieval Europe.” Abstract: When it comes to warfare in the Middle Ages, the common belief is that… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #35: John Mearsheimer, “The New Sino-American Cold War versus The Old US-Soviet Cold War.”

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Professor John Mearsheimer addressed the Mackinder Forum on July 11, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US time on “The New Sino-American Cold War versus The Old US-Soviet Cold War.” ABSTRACT: The aim of this talk is to consider the similarities and differences between the US-Soviet rivalry (1947-1989) and the burgeoning Sino-American… Read more »