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Mackinder Forum Seminar #51: Professor Athanasios Platias, “Leadership, Grand Strategy, and the Limitations of Neorealist International Relations Theory: The Case of Themistocles

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On March 5, 2022, Professor Athanasios Platias, University of the Piraeus, delivered a talk on “Leadership, Grand Strategy, and the Limitations of Neorealist International Relations theory: The Case of Themistocles.” Abstract: The assigned reading addresses the historical case of Themistocles to contradict the current “structural orthodoxy” that regards leaders as… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminars #47, #48, and #49, A discussion of Elbridge Colby’s new book, The Strategy of Denial.

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The first three Mackinder Forum Seminars of 2022 were held on January 9, January 23, and February 6. Elbridge Colby’s new book, The Strategy of Denial, was discussed by participants of the Mackinder Forum. Here is how we structured the readings and the conversation: Sunday, January 9, 1:30-3:00 p.m, Eastern… Read more »

Mackinder Forum Seminar #40: Professor Michael Desch, “Will the Real(ist) Thucydides Please Stand Up?”

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On Sunday, September 26, 2021, Professor Michael Desch presented a paper entitled “Will the Real(its) Thucydides Please Stand Up? Reading Restraint at the Heart of the Paradigm’s Ur-text to Avert the Thucydides Trap with China.” BIOGRAPHY:  Michael C. Desch is Packey J. Dee Professor of International Relations at the University… Read more »

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 »