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List of References

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A list of bibliographic references, links to scholarship, and other information about geopolitical analysis. Outline: I.  Geopolitics, Strategy, and Prediction A. Introduction: Theory & Practice of Geopolitics Classical Studies & Commentaries Comparative Geopolitical Imperatives & Traditions B..  Some Useful Atlases II.  Strategic Thought & Action A.  Grand Strategy IV.  Prediction… Read more »

Review of Geoffrey Kemp’s “The East Moves West: India, China and Asia’s Growing Presence in the Middle East” (2010), by Ewan W. Anderson

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Kemp, G. (2010). The East moves West: India, China, and Asia’s growing presence in the Middle East. Washington, D.C: Brookings Institution Press. 326 pp. ISBN-13: 978-0815703884. Review by Emeritus Professor Ewan W. Anderson Given the current debate about the importance on history in international relations (IR), questions might also be… Read more »

At Play in Mackinder’s World: A Cartographic Essay

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“As we consider this rapid review of the broader currents of history, does not a certain persistence of geographical relationship become evident? Is not the pivot region of the world’s politics that vast area of Euro-Asia which is inaccessible to ships, but in antiquity lay open to the horse-riding nomads,… Read more »

Meeting No. 14: Mackinder Forum Workshop (“Geopolitics, Britain & the World in the 21st Century”) sponsored by Air Vice-Marshal Paul Colley OBE MA FRAeS RAF, Assistant Chief of Defense Staff (Development, Concepts and Doctrine) at the University of Reading, Reading, U.K., September 21-23, 2010

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“The Geopolitics of the U.S.: The Future of U.S. Strategy and its Impact on the U.K.”  (Keynote address) The Honorable Dr. John Hillen, President and CEO, Global Defense Technology & Systems, Inc.; & Former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs (2005-07) “The Future of China and its Impact on… Read more »

Winning the War; Losing the Peace: When Victory is Tantamount to Defeat

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by James D. Hardy, Jr., PhD, Leonard Hochberg, PhD and Geoffrey Sloan, PhD Introduction The Twentieth Century War began on August 1, 1914 and ended on November 8, 1989.[1]  The War began with Paris streets filled with people who watched with increasingly sober silence as drummers beat the rappel calling reservists to the… Read more »

Meeting No. 13: Mackinder Forum Workshop (“Expeditionary Operations as a Tool of Geopolitics”) sponsored by Major General Paul Newton CBE, MPhil, Director, Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, Beckett House, Shrivenham, U.K., January 19-21, 2009

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“Asian Geopolitics and Expeditionary Operations: An Australian Perspective” Dr. Mike Evans, Fellow, Australian Defence College, Canberra, Australia “Case Study or Comparisons: What are the Criteria that Invoke This Type of Operation?” Dr. Jeremy Black, Professor, Established Chair in History, Exeter College “The Future of Expeditionary Operations” Frank Hoffman, USMC and… Read more »

Meeting No. 12: Mackinder Forum Workshop (“Geopolitics and the Future of the Nation State”) sponsored by Rear Admiral Chris Parry CBE, Director General Development, Concepts and Doctrine at The Old Mill and Swan, Minister Lovell, U.K., November 26-27, 2007

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“Geopolitical Theory and State-Breakdown Theory: Lessons from the Fall of the Soviet Bloc” Dr. Randall Collins, Dorothy Swaine Thomas Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA “Conflict between Maritime and Territorial Organizations” Doctor Paul Coones, Lecturer in Geography and Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, UK “Middle-Eastern Shatterbelts and Political… Read more »

Meeting No. 11: Mackinder Forum Lecture Series at New Mexico Tech, Santa Fe, NM, January 16, 17 & 29, 2007

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“Strategic Trends out to 2030” Rear Admiral Chris Parry, CBE, Director General, Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre “The West – Decline or Fall?” Rear Admiral Chris Parry, CBE, Director General, Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre “War Amongst the People” General Sir Rupert Smith (U.K., ret.)

Meeting No. 10: Mackinder Forum Workshop, Sponsored by Rear Admiral Chris Parry, Director General, Join Doctrine and Concepts Centre at Old Mill and Swan Hotel, Minster Lovell, U.K., March 13-14, 2006

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“The Geopolitics of Non Fuel Natural Resources” Professor (Emeritus) Ewan Anderson, University of Durham “Preparedness Planning for Future Pandemics” Professor Neil Ferguson, Imperial College “Flash Points and Tipping Points: Security Implications of Global Population Changes, 2006-2025” Professor Jack Goldstone, George Mason University “Geopolitics and Energy Resources: The Case of the… Read more »

Meeting No. 9: Mackinder Forum Workshop (“Geopolitics for the 21st Century”) at Baton Rouge, LA, January 11-14, 2006

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“The Geopolitics of Strategic Resources” Dr. Ewan W. Anderson, Emeritus Professor, University of Durham, Durham, UK “Astropolitik and Mackinder’s Geostrategy” Dr. Everett Dolman, Professor of Comparative Military Studies, US Air Force’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell Air Force Base “The Geopolitics of Terror: Homegrown Jihadists in the… Read more »