Tag Archives: geostrategy

Mackinder Forum Virtual Seminar #79: Professor Jacques Sapir, “Could Decision-Makers have been Misled by an Uninformed Geostrategic Perception of both Russia and China?”

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Professor Jacques Sapir addressed our Mackinder Forum Seminar series on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time.  His talk: “Could Decision-Makers have been Misled by an Uninformed Geostrategic Perception of both Russia and China?”   Abstract:  The geostrategic perception of Russia and China has long been biased… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Colin Gray Memorial Lecture – Virtual Seminar #70: Colonel Dr. Jeff McCausland (ret., US), “Geostrategy and Leadership Lessons from the War in Ukraine.”

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On Friday, January 13, 2023, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Eastern U.S. Time, Colonel Dr. Jeff McCausland (ret., US) presented the second lecture in the Mackinder Forum’s recently established “Colin S. Gray Memorial Lecture Series in Geostrategy.”  The title of his talk: “Geostrategy and Leadership Lessons from the War in Ukraine.” ABSTRACT:… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Virtual Seminar #68: David P. Goldman, “Military Technology, Geostrategy and the Defense of Taiwan”

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On December 4, 2022, Mr. David P. Goldman delivered a talk to the Mackinder Forum Seminar Series on “Military Technology, Geostrategy and the Defense of Taiwan.” He argued: Weapons technology including hypersonic vehicles and surface-to-ship missiles present a threat to naval assets comparable to the torpedo and dive bombers of… Read more »

Geography, Geostrategy and Military Operations

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by General Sir Rupert Smith Unlike the majority of my school fellows, I enjoyed geography. Apart from the generally held opinion that the subject was for ‘thick’ boys, nobody took A levels in geography unless that was all they could do; I could not understand their aversion, not that I… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Virtual Seminar # 44: “First Principles after Kabul: A Soldier’s Reflection” by Anonymous.

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On November 20, 2021, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Eastern US Time an anonymous scholar and soldier presented his personal reflections, “First Principles after Kabul: A Soldier’s Reflection.”   THE ABSTRACT and BIOGRAPHICAL statement are withheld at the request of the presenter.   READINGS included: FM 3-24, Army and Marine Corps Counter-Insurgency Field… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Virtual 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 Virtual 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 Virtual 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 »