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Mackinder Forum Seminar #54: Professor Brendan Simms, “Hitler and Geopolitics”

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On Saturday, April 2, 2022, Professor Brendan Simms addressed the Mackinder Forum on “Hitler and Geopolitics.” ABSTRACT: We tend to think that we know everything that needs to be known about Hitler and that he has no relevance to today. Brendan Simms, author of a biography of Hitler and co-author… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #53: Professor Jack Goldstone, “The China Challenge”

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On March 26, 2022, Professor Jack Goldstone addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “The China Challenge.” Abstract:  The rise of China is confusing.  Giant with feet of clay?  Or 21st Century tech superpower?   This talk will provide an assessment of China’s short and long-term goals, the threats they pose… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #52: Colonel Jeff McCausland, PHD (US Army, ret.), “What does Putin want?  Why is he doing it now?”  

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Mackinder Forum Seminar #52 was held on Sunday, March 20, 2022, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m, Eastern Daylight Savings Time, US.  Our speaker, Jeff McCausland, PHD, Colonel, US Army (ret.), addressed the questions “What does Putin want?  Why is he doing it now?”   Biography: Dr. Jeff McCausland is a Visiting Professor at Dickinson College… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #51: Professor Athanasios Platias, “Leadership, Grand Strategy, and the Limitations of Neorealist International Relations Theory: The Case of Themistocles

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On March 5, 2022, Professor Athanasios Platias, University of the Piraeus, delivered a talk on “Leadership, Grand Strategy, and the Limitations of Neorealist International Relations theory: The Case of Themistocles.” Abstract: The assigned reading addresses the historical case of Themistocles to contradict the current “structural orthodoxy” that regards leaders as… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #50: Professor Geoff Sloan, “Down to Earth: The Geopolitical Realities of the United Kingdom”

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On February 20, 2022, Professor Geoff Sloan, Coordinator, Mackinder Forum-UK, delivered a talk on “Down to Earth: The Geopolitical Realities of the United Kingdom.” Abstract: The United Kingdom as the name implies is the sum of a number of separate historical entities. In terms of European state formation this is… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminars #47, #48, and #49, A discussion of Elbridge Colby’s new book, The Strategy of Denial.

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The first three Mackinder Forum Seminars of 2022 were held on January 9, January 23, and February 6. Elbridge Colby’s new book, The Strategy of Denial, was discussed by participants of the Mackinder Forum. Here is how we structured the readings and the conversation: Sunday, January 9, 1:30-3:00 p.m, Eastern… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #46: Professor Paul Rahe, “Carthage Can Now Defeat Rome”

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On December 19, 2021, Professor Paul Rahe addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Carthage Can Now Defeat Rome.” Abstract: In 1890, when Alfred Thayer Mahan published The Influence of Seapower on History, he made no mention of Thucydides and barely touched on the great struggle between Athens and Sparta that the… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #45: “Reassessing the Second World War in Terms of Geopolitics” by Sean McMeekin

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On December 5, 2021, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Eastern US Time, Professor Sean McMeekin addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Reassessing the Second World War in Terms of Geopolitics.” Abstract: World War II endures in the popular imagination as a heroic struggle between good and evil, with Adolf Hitler driving the… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #43: “Prediction, Policy, and International Relations Theories” by Joseph Grieco

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On Sunday, November 7, 1:30-3:00 pm Eastern US Time, Professor Joe Grieco addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Prediction, Policy, and International Relations Theories.” ABSTRACT: How can the field of International Relations (IR) make a useful contribution to decision-making and public discourse on foreign policy? We in IR often wish… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #42: “Is There Genuine Strategic Utility in ‘Knowing Thyself'”? by Jeannie Johnson

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On October 30, 2021, Professor Jeannie Johnson addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Is There Genuine Strategic Utility in ‘Knowing Thyself’”? Abstract: Strategic culture theorists often cite Sun Tzu’s dictum to Know Thyself and Know Thy Enemy as something close to sacred verse. Those same theorists, however, do not always… Read more »