Category Archives: Meetings

Mackinder Forum Seminar #38: Dr. William Ruger on “America’s Afghanistan Withdrawal and the Future of US Grand Strategy.”

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On August 20, 2021, Dr. William Ruger addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “”America’s Afghanistan Withdrawal and the Future of US Grand Strategy.” BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Ruger was nominated by President Trump to be the ambassador to Afghanistan. His biography may be found here:https://eca.state.gov/fulbright/about-fulbright/fulbright-foreign-scholarship-board-ffsb/ffsb-members/william-ruger. ABSTRACT: As the U.S. withdraws militarily from… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #37: Dr. Louis Halewood, “‘Peace Throughout the Oceans and Seas of the World’: British Maritime Strategic Thought and World Order, 1892-1919”

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On August 8, 2021 at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time, US), Dr. Louis Halewood presented a talk on “‘Peace Throughout the Oceans and Seas of the World’: British Maritime Strategic Thought and World Order, 1892-1919.” BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT: Louis Halewood is the Philip Nicholas Lecturer in Maritime History at the… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #36: Professor Andrew Latham, “The State, War and the State of War in Medieval Europe.”

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Professor Andrew Latham, Macalester College, addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on July 31, 2021, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Eastern US time. His topic: “The State, War and the State of War in Medieval Europe.” Abstract: When it comes to warfare in the Middle Ages, the common belief is that… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #35: John Mearsheimer, “The New Sino-American Cold War versus The Old US-Soviet Cold War.”

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Professor John Mearsheimer addressed the Mackinder Forum on July 11, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US time on “The New Sino-American Cold War versus The Old US-Soviet Cold War.” ABSTRACT: The aim of this talk is to consider the similarities and differences between the US-Soviet rivalry (1947-1989) and the burgeoning Sino-American… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #34: Ofira Seliktar on “Embedding and Projectiles as a Winning Strategy of Hamas: Can Deterrence Work?”

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On June 20, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US Time, Professor Ofira Seliktar addressed the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Embedding and Projectiles as a Winning Strategy of Hamas: Can Deterrence Work?” Abstract: The question of how to deter Hamas from starting another conflict has dominated the recent discourse. Most observers have… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #32: General Sir Rupert Smith, “Reflections on Colin Gray’s Maxim 19 in the Light of Experience”

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On Sunday, May 30, 1:30-3:00 p.m. US Eastern Time, General Sir Rupert Smith (UK, ret.) talked about “Reflections on Colin Gray’s Maxim 19 in the Light of Experience.”   The relevant reading (“All Strategy is Geostrategy: Geography is Fundamental”) may be found in Colin S. Gray’s Fighting Talk: Forty Maxims… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #31: Professor C. Raja Mohan, “The Evolution of India’s Grand Strategy”

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On May 2, 2021 (8:30 am – 10:00 am, Eastern US Time), Professor C. Raja Mohan addressed the Mackinder Forum on “The Evolution of India’s Grand Strategy.” ABSTRACT: India is moving away from its traditional identity as a leader of the non-aligned nations towards greater strategic cooperation with the West…. Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #30: David P. Goldman, “The Geopolitics of the U.S. National Debt”

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On Sunday, April 25, 2021, David Goldman presented a timely talk on “The Geopolitics of the U.S. National Debt.” ABSTRACT: Senior Biden Administration officials are worried about the strategic implications of China’s digital currency, now in beta-testing for domestic use and under development for international transactions in a joint venture… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #29: Professor James J. Sheehan, “A Closing World: Geopolitics and the Origins of the First World War”

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On April 11, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Eastern US Time), Professor James Sheehan delivered a talk on “A Closing World: Geopolitics and the Origins of the First World War.” ABSTRACT: In the last decades of the nineteenth century the world was transformed by a combination of technological, economic, and political developments…. Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #28: “Chinese Strategic Intentions & Proposed U.S. Responses”

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On Sunday, March 21, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Savings Time) participants in the Mackinder Forum Seminar engaged in a conversation devoted to the issue: “Chinese Strategic Intentions and Proposed U.S Responses.” Three background readings were suggested for this Seminar: Anonymous, “The Longer Telegram: Toward a New American Strategy,” Scowcroft Center… Read more »