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Mackinder Forum Seminar #20: “China’s Mackinderism” presented by Gordon Chang

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On November 22, 2020, 1:30-3:00 PM Eastern US Time, Gordon Chang presented “China’s Mackinderism” to the Mackinder Forum Seminar. ABSTRACT: Chinese policymakers are Mackinderites; and they are also believers in the Rimland Theory of Nicholas John Spykman, as evident from their all-out plan to build infrastructure in Central Asia. The… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #19: “Heartland Theory in the Fourth Industrial Revolution” presented by David P. Goldman

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On Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 1:30 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time, US), Mr. David P. Goldman presented a talk on “Heartland Theory in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” ABSTRACT: With regard to China’s global ambitions, Mackinder’s “Heartland” concept in some ways is more relevant than ever, but in other ways… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #18 on “Who Lost Lucent and What America Has to do to not Lose More Advanced Tech Industries to China” presented by Dr. Robert Atkinson

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On Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Eastern Time, US), Dr. Robert Atkinson presented a talk to the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Who Lost Lucent and What America Has to do to not Lose More Advanced Tech Industries to China.” ABSTRACT: In 2000 the United States was home… Read more »

The Arctic’s Emerging Geopolitics: Recommendations for the U.S. and its NATO Allies

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by Bert Chapman (Purdue University) ABSTRACT The Arctic region possesses significant oil and natural gas resources and is becoming an increasingly important arena of geopolitical contention.  Canada, China, Denmark, Norway, Russia, and the United States are acutely interested in gaining and maintaining access to its waters and natural resources.  Warming temperatures are… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #17: “International Business Needs Grand Strategy” presented by Michael Hochberg

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On Sunday, October 11, 2020, 1:30-3:00 PM via WEBEX, Michael Hochberg presented a coauthored paper (with Leonard Hochberg) devoted to “International Business Needs Grand Strategy.” The authors presented an interdisciplinary justification for why western-based international businesses should begin analyzing their ongoing activities through the lens of grand strategy in order… Read more »

Halford Mackinder: The Pivot and the Heartland by Brian Blouet

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Brian Blouet College of William and Mary Why does Mackinder evolve from the Pivot paper (1904) to the Heartland thesis (1919)?              In 1904 Mackinder identified four possible contenders for control of the core of Eurasia. The contenders were: the German empire, the Russian empire, China, and Japan. Mackinder added, should… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #16: “A New Geopolitics for a New Century, Part I” presented by Rodger Baker

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On Sunday, September 27, 2020, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US), Rodger Baker presented a talk on “A New Geopolitics for a New Century, Part I.” Rodger Baker recommended several recently published essays for circulation: The New Geography (China, the U.S., and the Geography of the 21st Century) United States –… Read more »

U.S. Marine Corps Force Design 2030 by Bert Chapman (Purdue University)

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March 2020 saw the Marine Corps release Force Design 2030 strategic planning document (https://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo134593) under the direction of Commandant General David H. Berger.  This collaborative effort was influenced by the Trump Administration’s 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS).  The NDSredirected the Marine Corps’ focus from countering violent Middle Eastern extremists to countering great power/peer competitors, particularly those… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #15: “We Predicted Political Upheaval in America in the 2020s”

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On September 13 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US), Professor Jack Goldstone presented a talk, “We Predicted Political Upheaval in America in the 2020s: This is why it’s here and what we can do to avoid it.” ABSTRACT: A model designed to explain past revolutions and rebellions in Europe and… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #14:”A Giraffe in Nanjing: A Cartographic Reimagining of China’s One Belt One Road”

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On Sunday, September 6, 2020 (from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern Time, US), an anonymous presenter delivered a talk on “A Giraffe in Nanjing: A Cartographic Reimagining of China’s One Belt One Road.” ABSTRACT: Many myths surround China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The results of a spatial analysis of… Read more »