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The Origins of the Mackinder Forum

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The origins of the Mackinder Forum can be traced back to 1994, when the British Ministry of Defence appointed Professor Geoff Sloan as a Defence Fellow at St Antony’s College Oxford. His task was to research and write for the MOD a Defence Fellowship thesis on: “The Geopolitics of Anglo-Irish… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Colin Gray Memorial Lecture – Virtual Seminar #67: Rear Admiral Dr. Chris Parry, “Ukraine: The Hinge of Eurasia”

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On Friday, November 18, 2022, 9:00 a.m. Eastern U.S. Time, Rear Admiral Chris Parry (ret., UK) presented the inaugural lecture in the Mackinder Forum’s newly established “Colin S. Gray Memorial Lecture Series in Geostrategy.”   ABSTRACT:  Chris Parry spoke about the coincidental symmetries between the works of the great geopolitical theorists of… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Virtual Seminar #62: Rodger Baker, “Revisiting Arctic Geopolitics.”

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On Sunday, July 24, 2022, Mr. Rodger Baker presented a talk to the Mackinder Forum Seminar on “Revisiting Arctic Geopolitics.”  Abstract: From a classical geopolitical perspective, the Arctic has often been a peripheral area. Mackinder’s heartland theory, for example, rested on the idea that the Arctic was a barrier, sealing… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Virtual Seminar #50: Professor Geoff Sloan, “Down to Earth: The Geopolitical Realities of the United Kingdom”

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On February 20, 2022, Professor Geoff Sloan, Coordinator, Mackinder Forum-UK, delivered a talk on “Down to Earth: The Geopolitical Realities of the United Kingdom.” Abstract: The United Kingdom as the name implies is the sum of a number of separate historical entities. In terms of European state formation this is… Read more »

“Down to Earth: Geopolitical Realities” by Geoff Sloan, PhD

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Geopolitics and the Union It was the American writer Samuel Huntington who observed that the job of the political scientist is not to improve the world, but to say what he thinks is going on in it. Huntington demonstrated this ability in his 1996 classic, The Clash of Civilisations and the… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Virtual Seminar #41: “Heartland vs Rimland, Continental vs Maritime Power: The Geopolitics of the First World War” by Hew Strachan

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On October 10, 2021, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern US Time, Professor Hew Strachan addressed the Mackinder Forum on “Heartland vs Rimland, Continental vs Maritime Power: The Geopolitics of the First World War”. ABSTRACT: When Halford Mackinder gave his famous lecture on the geopolitics of ‘Euro-Asia’ in 1904, he warned of the challenge that the… Read more »