Category Archives: Meetings

Mackinder Forum Seminar #27: Professor David Graff, “Vertical Alliances and Horizontal Coalitions: Geography, Strategy, and the Lessons of China’s Warring States”

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Professor David Graff presented an astute and informative talk devoted to “Vertical Alliances and Horizontal Coalitions: Geography, Strategy, and the Lessons of China’s Warring States” on Sunday, March 14, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US Daylight Saving Time. Abstract: Lasting from about 475 BCE until the Qin imperial unification in 221 BCE,… Read more »

Powerpoint for David Graff’s presentation: “Vertical Alliances and Horizontal Coalitions: Geography, Strategy, and the Lessons of China’s Warring States”

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Posted with Professor David Graff’s permission.

Mackinder Forum Seminar #26: “Colin S. Gray: Master of Strategy and Geopolitics”

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Mackinder Forum Seminar #26, “Colin S. Gray: Master of Strategy and Geopolitics” took place on Sunday, February 28, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US Time. This Mackinder Forum event was devoted to honoring the ideas of Professor Colin S. Gray who passed away a year ago. Professor Gray was a master… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #25: Dr. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, “Popes vs Kings: Competition and the Creation of Western Exceptionalism”

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On February 7, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time, Professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita delivered a remarkable and provocative talk entitled “Popes vs Kings: Competition and the Creation of Western Exceptionalism.” Given the subject of his forthcoming book, the significance of the Concordat of Worms, Bueno de Mesquita enters the… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #24: “Will Biden Differ from Trump in Foreign Policy While Remaining Essentially the Same?” A discussion.

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On January 31, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time, the Mackinder Forum Seminar engaged in a discussion addressing the question “Will Biden differ from Trump in Foreign Policy While Remaining Essentially the Same?” This weekend’s Mackinder Forum Seminar raised the question of continuity and change in foreign policy across the… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #23: The Honorable John Hillen, “Dueling Visions of America’s Role in the World”

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On January 10, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US Time, The Honorable John Hillen presented an engaging and incisive talk entitled “Dueling Visions of America’s Role in the World.” ABSTRACT: In examining the different visions of the two recent Presidential candidates in the 2020 US election, one can discern much more… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #22: “The Logic of Eurasian Integration” presented by Kent Calder

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On Sunday, December 13, 2020, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US), our final Mackinder Forum Seminar of the year took place. Professor Kent Calder addressed the following topic: “The Logic of Eurasian Integration.” TOPIC FOR CONSIDERATION: Geography arguably dictates many basic parameters of political-economic competition. It conveys certain latent, potential advantages… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar # 21: “China: A Faltering Challenger” by Andrew Latham

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Our next-to-last seminar for 2020 was scheduled on Sunday, December 6, 2020, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, US. Professor Andrew Latham of Macalester College presented a talk on “China: A Faltering Challenger.” ABSTRACT: Over the past year or so, China has made a series of bold moves across the Indo-Pacific region… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #20: “China’s Mackinderism” presented by Gordon Chang

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On November 22, 2020, 1:30-3:00 PM Eastern US Time, Gordon Chang presented “China’s Mackinderism” to the Mackinder Forum Seminar. ABSTRACT: Chinese policymakers are Mackinderites; and they are also believers in the Rimland Theory of Nicholas John Spykman, as evident from their all-out plan to build infrastructure in Central Asia. The… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #19: “Heartland Theory in the Fourth Industrial Revolution” presented by David P. Goldman

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On Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 1:30 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time, US), Mr. David P. Goldman presented a talk on “Heartland Theory in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” ABSTRACT: With regard to China’s global ambitions, Mackinder’s “Heartland” concept in some ways is more relevant than ever, but in other ways… Read more »