Category Archives: Meetings

Mackinder Forum Seminar #15: “We Predicted Political Upheaval in America in the 2020s”

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On September 13 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US), Professor Jack Goldstone presented a talk, “We Predicted Political Upheaval in America in the 2020s: This is why it’s here and what we can do to avoid it.” ABSTRACT: A model designed to explain past revolutions and rebellions in Europe and… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #14:”A Giraffe in Nanjing: A Cartographic Reimagining of China’s One Belt One Road”

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On Sunday, September 6, 2020 (from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern Time, US), Dr. Robert Aguirre presented on “A Giraffe in Nanjing: A Cartographic Reimagining of China’s One Belt One Road.” Dr. Robert Aguirre is a GIS Specialist at The Research Corporation of the University of Hawai’i and is… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #13:”The Geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean: Natural Gas Deposits, Pipelines, and Conflict over Maritime Jurisdictions”

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Mr. Gabriel Mitchell addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, US. He discussed “Geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean: Natural Gas Deposits, Pipelines, and Conflict over Maritime Jurisdictions.” Gabriel Mitchell is the Director of External Relations at the Mitvim Institute. He is also… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #12: “Urban Warfare: An Emerging Geopolitical Conundrum”

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On Saturday, August 22, 2020, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (Eastern Time, US), Professor Albert Chapman addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Urban Warfare: An Emerging Geopolitical Conundrum.” Professor Chapman is a librarian at Purdue University. He is the author of several studies, most notably: Global Defence Procurement and… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #11:”Iran’s Proxy Wars: Limits to A Successful Strategy?”

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On Saturday, August 15, 2020, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (Eastern Time, US), Professor Ofira Seliktar presented a broad ranging talk devoted to “Iran’s Proxy Wars: Limits to A Successful Strategy?” Professor Seliktar is Professor Emerita at Gratz College. She has written extensively on predictive failures in intelligence and… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #10: “Geopolitics of China: Recent Developments”

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Members of the seminar recommended the continuation of the conversation initiated by Professor Sally Paine. The following readings were recommended for discussion on Sunday, August 9, 2020, 1:30-3:00 PM (Eastern Time, US.): (1) https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2020/08/04/chinas_rise_is_macarthurs_vindication_115517.html; (2) https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/israel-middle-east/articles/china-middle-eastern-kingdom; (3) https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/08/china-rising-superpower-crumbling-totalitarian-machine/; and (4) https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/industry-and-energy/2020/08/container-china-arrives-narvik-it-could-pave-way-new-transport-route.

Mackinder Forum Seminar #9:“The Geopolitics of Maritime and Continental Powers: China, Russia, and the United States”

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Professor Sally Paine of the Naval War College presented an hour-long talk on “The Geopolitics of Maritime and Continental Powers: China, Russia, and the United States.” A discussion will follow. This seminar was held on Saturday, August 1st, NOON-2 p.m. (Eastern Time, US). According to Professor Paine, readings for this… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #8: “Economic Infiltration: Lessons from the United Kingdom”

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Admiral Chris Parry delivered a presentation titled “Economic Infiltration: Lessons from the United Kingdom.” This seminar was held on Sunday, July 26, 2020, 1:30-3:00 PM (Eastern Time, US.) Admiral Parry is well known to the Mackinder Forum, having presented several times to our Seminar and annual meetings. A reading was… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #7: “Strategic Culture for Intelligence Analysis.”

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Professor Jeannie Johnson (Director, Center for Anticipatory Intelligence, Utah State University) presented a talk on “Strategic Culture for Intelligence Analysis” on July 11, 2020, noon-2:00 p.m. (Eastern time, US.) Two papers were circulated in advance: Jeannie L. Johnson and Matthew T. Berrett, “Cultural Topography: A New Research Tool for Intelligence… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #6: “Getting War Wrong: 9/11 and After.”

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Professor Caroline Kennedy Pipe (Loughborough University, UK) presented a talk to the Mackinder Forum Seminar on Saturday, June 20, 2020, Noon-1:30 p.m. (Eastern time, US). Two papers were circulated in advance: Caroline Kennedy-Pipe & Nicholas Rengger, “Apocalypse Now? Continuities or Disjunctions in World Politics after 9/11,” International Affairs 82, 3 (2006),… Read more »