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The Ukrainian Crisis, Part III: The Deal

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James D. Hardy, Jr., PhD and Leonard J. Hochberg, PhD In eastern Ukraine disorder bubbles on, violence expands, the subterranean power of militias and the Russian special forces grows, and the authority of the Ukrainian government evaporates.  This has been going on since March 2014, and will continue into May and… Read more »

The Ukrainian Crisis, Part II: Borderland

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James D. Hardy, Jr, PhD and Leonard J. Hochberg, PhD Ukraine is a new manifestation of an old eastern European political phenomenon, the multi-national state.  The old eastern European empires, Austria-Hungary, Tzarist Russia, the Ottoman Empire, and Imperial Germany, had formed before nationalism became the dominant means of self-identification in the… Read more »

The Ukrainian Crisis, Part I: Weighed in the Balance

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James D. Hardy, Jr., PhD and Leonard J. Hochberg, PhD When the Russians moved into the Crimea, pundits and politicians, including Hillary Clinton, commented that the reasons given by Vladimir Putin for the invasion were the same as those used by Adolph Hitler at Munich in 1938.  Ethnic Russians (Germans) were… Read more »

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 »