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Mackinder Forum Seminar #5: “The Enduring Geopolitical Lessons of the Persian & Peloponnesian Wars”

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June 7, 2020 Professor Paul Rahe (Hillsdale College) will led our fifth Mackinder Forum Seminar; he discussed “The Enduring Geopolitical Lessons of the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars.” A discussion followed. The organizer of this Seminar circulated two readings by Professor Rahe: (1) “The Primacy of Domestic Politics,” a expanded version… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #4: “The Nature & Utility of Grand Strategy (Revisited)”

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May 24, 2020 The participants in the fourth Mackinder Forum Seminar decided to extend the conversation concerning the nature and utility of grand strategy by asking the participants to address explicitly the arguments in the following two articles: Richard Haass, “A Cold War With China Would Be a Mistake,” The… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #3: “The Nature & Utility of Grand Strategy”

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May 17, 2020Our third seminar, devoted to “The Nature & Utility of Grand Strategy,” addressed several questions: (1) What is grand strategy? (2) Is grand strategy now possible in the US? (3) In the presence of the Chinese challenge, is a US grand strategy necessary? (4) If necessary, but not… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #2: “The Nature of 21st Century War”

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May 3, 2020 Admiral Chris Parry (UK, ret.) commented on the nature of 21st century war. He introduced the following issues, followed by a discussion: 1) Enduring Strategic Antagonism – what are the implications?2) Dissimilar conceptions of warfare.3) New dimensions and domains of warfare.4) The changed character of warfare: 4a)… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #1: “Geography & National Security”

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April 19, 2020 Common reading: Andrew Rhodes’ “Thinking in Space: The Role of Geography in National Security Decision-Making,” Texas National Security Review, 2 (4), November 2019: https://tnsr.org/2019/11/thinking-in-space-the-role-of-geography-in-national-security-decision-making/.

Meeting #21: Mackinder Forum Annual Conference, held under the auspices of the American Society for Competitiveness, October 24-26, 2019, Washington, DC

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William Ruger, Vice President of Research, Charles Koch Foundation, “US Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump and Beyond,” Luncheon Keynote Address, 10/24/19 Nong Hong, Institute for China-American Studies, “Emerging Interests of Asian States in the Arctic: Examining the Implications of China’s Arctic Policy,” Sponsored by Strategic Forecasting, Inc., 10/24/19… Read more »

Meeting #20: Mackinder Forum Annual Conference, held under the auspices of the American Society for Competitiveness, Washington, DC, October 24-27, 2018

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Leonard Hochberg, Coordinator, Mackinder Forum-US & Senior Fellow, FPRI, “Thinking Geopolitically with Mackinder,” 10/25/18 Phil Kelly, “Rescuing Classical Geopolitics: Separating Geopolitics from Realism,” 10/25/18 John Baker, ESQ & Emeritus Professor, LSU Law Center, “The Legal Limits of Free Trade,” 10/25/18 Tong Zhao, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, China, “China’s Nuclear… Read more »

Meeting #19: Mackinder Forum Annual Conference, held under the auspices of the American Society for Competitiveness, Washington, DC, October 26-28, 2017

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Rodger Baker, VP for Strategic Analysis, Strategic Forecasting, Inc., “The Value of Geopolitics to Business,” 10/26/17 Gordon Chang, Columnist, Daily Beast, “U.S., China, and North Korea: War or Peace in Asia,” Sponsored by Strategic Forecasting, Inc., 10/26/17 Bert Chapman, Purdue University, “The Geopolitics of Rare Earth Elements,” 10/27/19 Remi Piet,… Read more »

Meeting #18: Mackinder Forum Annual Conference, held under the auspices of the American Society for Competitiveness, Washington, DC, October 20-22, 2016

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John Baker, Georgetown Law School, “Conflicting Paradigms for Combating Terrorism,” 10/20/16 Rodger Baker, VP for Strategic Analysis, Strategic Forecasting, Inc., “Stratfor’s Approach to Geopolitical Forecasting: Twenty Years of Predicting International Change,” 10/20/16 Admiral Chris Parry (UK, ret.), “Migration, Demographic Change and Geopolitics: The Cases of the European Union, the United… Read more »

Meeting No. 17: Mackinder Forum Annual Conference, held under the auspices of the American Society for Competitiveness at Tysons Corner, VA, October 19-22, 2015

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William Ruger, Charles Koch Institute, “The Cost of Primacy and the Value of Prudence in American Foreign Policy.”  All society session. Admiral Chris Parry (UK, ret.), “Eurasia and Rimland: Closer Than You Think.”  All society session. “Geostrategic Challenges and the Armed Forces of the United States: Evolving Threats, Roles andMissions,”… Read more »