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Mackinder Forum Seminar #64: Professor Brian Blouet, “The Legacy of Sir Halford Mackinder”

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Professor Brian Blouet, College of William and Mary, presented a talk to the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “The Legacy of Sir Halford Mackinder” on August 28, 2022, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US time Abstract: In the presentation, Blouet examined Mackinder’s legacy under several heads.   “The Scope and Methods of Geography”: This is… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #63: Dr. Thomas Grant, “Geopolitics and International Law”

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On Sunday, August 14, 2022, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US Time, Dr. Thomas Grant addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Geopolitics and International Law.”   ABSTRACT:  Geopolitics and international law might seem disconnected. Thomas Grant argues that the connections between them, however, run deep. International law—the law that applies among States in their… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #62: Rodger Baker, “Revisiting Arctic Geopolitics.”

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On Sunday, July 24, 2022, Mr. Rodger Baker presented a talk to the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Revisiting Arctic Geopolitics.”  Abstract: From a classical geopolitical perspective, the Arctic has often been a peripheral area. Mackinder’s heartland theory, for example, rested on the idea that the Arctic was a barrier, sealing… Read more »

Mackinder Forum #61: Jeffrey Herf, “Israel’s Moment: The Geopolitics of the Formation of the Jewish State.”

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Professor Jeffrey Herf addressed the Mackinder Forum on Sunday, July 10, 2022. His topic was “Israel’s Moment: The Geopolitics of the Formation of the Jewish State.” Abstract: “The state of Israel was established at a moment in time when the passions of World War II anti-Nazism in the United States,… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #60: John Hillen, “The Geopolitical Consequence of Ukraine War.”

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The Honorable John Hillen addressed the Mackinder Forum on Saturday, June 25, 2022 on “The Geopolitical Consequences of Ukraine War.” Abstract: John Hillen updated his thoughts on the geopolitical consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian War that appeared in his article appearing in the National Review. Biography: The Honorable Dr. John Hillen… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #59: Admiral Chris Parry (UK, ret.), “What have we Learned from the War in Ukraine (so far)?”

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On June 12, 2022, Admiral Chris Parry (UK, ret.) delivered a talk on “What have we Learned from the War in Ukraine (so far)?” Abstract: Admiral Parry talked about the pretexts and contexts that underlay the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the military response of the free world and the continuities… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #58: Robert A. Destro, “Through A Glass Darkly: Reflections on the Geopolitics of Food Insecurity.”

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On Sunday, May 29, 2022, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Professor Robert A. Destro, formerly Assistant Secretary of the US Department of State, addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Through A Glass Darkly: Reflections on the Geopolitics of Food Insecurity.” Abstract: The ongoing war over the rich resources of Ukraine underscores a brutal,… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #57: Athanasios Platias, “The Thucydides Trap Revisited: Fate, Entrapment, or Intent?”

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Professor Athanassios Platias addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on Sunday, May 15, 2022, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern US Time.  The title of his talk was “The Thucydides Trap Revisited: Fate, Entrapment, or Intent?”   Abstract: This presentation is divided in three parts: First we will address what we see as… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #56: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, “Predicting Threats to Stability and National Security”

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On Saturday, May 7, 2022, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Eastern US Time, Professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Predicting Threats to Stability and National Security.” Abstract: Accurate anticipation of destabilizing political events is no longer in the realm of guesswork or the product of… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #55: Isaiah Wilson III and Scott Smitson, “Understanding Compound Security and its Implications for the Western Hemisphere.”

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On April 24, 2022, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Eastern US Time, President Isaiah Wilson III, PhD and Professor Scott Smitson (both of Joint Special Operations University) addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Understanding Compound Security and its Implications for the Western Hemisphere.”  Abstract: The United States faces compound security threats today… Read more »