Category Archives: Commentaries

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 »

The “Decisive Storm” that Changed the Geopolitical Balance of the Red Sea by Shaul Shay

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The “Decisive Storm” that Changed the Geopolitical Balance of the Red Sea Shaul Shay A year has passed since the Saudi-led Arab coalition launched a war in Yemen after the legitimate government was overthrown by the Iranian backed Houthi rebels.  Saudi Arabia under a new king, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al… Read more »

Egypt’s Nuclear Energy Initiative

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By Shaul Shay* Talks between the P5+1 negotiating team and Iranian foreign minister and lead negotiator, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on a comprehensive nuclear deal, took place during the February 6-8 annual Munich Security Conference. The P5+1 seeks a comprehensive, verifiable nuclear agreement that would block Iran’s major potential pathways to… Read more »

China’s Nine-Dashed Map: Maritime Source of Geopolitical Tension

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By Bert Chapman Government Information, Political Science, & Economics Librarian/Professor of Library Science, Purdue University Libraries, West Lafayette, IN. Posted October 30, 2014. Abstract:   The South China Sea  (SCS) is becoming an increasingly contentious source of geopolitical tension due to its significance as an international trade route, possessor of… 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 »