Mackinder Forum Seminar #80: Seth Cropsey, Founder of Yorktown Institute, “Eurasia’s Front Line and the Art of Strategy.”

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Long-time Mackinder Forum supporter, Seth Cropsey, Founder and President of the Yorktown Institute addressed the Mackinder Forum Saturday, August 5, 2023 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time to discuss: “Eurasia’s Front Line and the Art of Strategy”

Abstract: American grand strategy is based on a partnership with a variety of rimland states, in opposition to the powers that seek to revise the Eurasian security system. Yet most formulations of American strategy are negative, insofar as they discuss defending the rimland and containing the revisionists until they collapse. Rather, what is needed is an active posture that undermines the power of the revisionists, using the rimland states to gain greater leverage within the Eurasian heartland. This approach would provide the US with far greater strategic leverage and increase America’s ability to influence adversary decision making throughout Eurasia.

Reading: https://www.realclearworld.com/2023/05/23/america_and_the_idea_of_eurasia_901216.html.

Biography: Seth Cropsey is founder and president of Yorktown Institute. He served as a naval officer and as deputy Undersecretary of the Navy. He has authored two books on US naval power and maritime security, Mayday, published in 2014 by The Overlook Press, NYC and London, and Seablindness, How Political Neglect Is Choking American Seapower and What To Do About It, published in 2017 by Encounter Books, NYC and London. He is a member of the Naval War College Press Advisory Board and publishes frequently on strategy, US foreign and security policy, and maritime issues in such major media outlets as Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal, and The Hill.