Age of Gilgamesh (3000 BC to 2500 BC) : Geopolitics of Ancient Mesopotamia

https://www.youtube.com/embed/z8rMp_AeR5M Age of Gilgamesh In this presentation we will begin exploring the beginnings of recorded history in Mesopotamia, beginning from the early third millennium BC. We will explore the lives of some great heroic kings of Sumeria, as they led Sumeria from a region of small city states to the first empires which dominated the [...]

Book Review: To Rule the Waves by Arthur Herman

Book review of Arthur Herman's To Rule the Waves, a narrative history of the rise of British Naval Power from the 15th to the 20th Century. To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the [...]

Importance of Institutional Power: Taiwan’s Response to Covid Case Study

Why are some nation-states able to handle situations of crisis better than others? The answer lies in the Institutional Power capabilities which successful nation-states create over time. In this presentation we develop a theory of Institutional Power and apply it to Taiwan's response in containing the Covid pandemic. A comprehensive list of news sources related [...]

March of the Turanians: how Central Asian horselords shaped the modern world

From the 5th Century AD to the 12th Century AD, wave after wave of nomadic horse lords marched out of their Central Asian homelands, changing, forever, the course of history in Europe, South Asia and India, and, even, China. It all began with Attila the Hun, who, arguably, sounded the death knell of the Western [...]

Halford Mackinder’s Geographic Pivot of History

In this richly illustrated presentation, we discuss the theory for Geographic Causation in Universal History proposed by Sir Halford Mackinder in his paper - The Geographic Pivot of History delivered as a lecture in 1904. Art enthusiasts will be interested in seeing how the selection of classic paintings used in the lecture synchronise with the [...]

What is Geopolitics: from theory to practice

http://www.youtube.com/watch From a functional definition of geo-politics to geopolitics as a framework for STATECRAFT/POLICY-MAKING. In this presentation we proceed from a conceptual unpacking of geopolitics, to linking it with geostrategy, geoeconomics and geotechnology, and see how this can be formulated into a geo-political web of power, for building the power capacity, and resource capability, of [...]

A History of Geopolitics

http://www.youtube.com/watch In this presentation we look at the development of geopolitics as a concept and practice. The concept emerged in the beginning of the 20th century, as Geopolitik. (For a preview of the contents of this lecture see: https://youtu.be/P56NoTi0L80). Over decades of global diplomacy and international politics it was interpreted and developed by scholars from [...]

History of Geopolitics: theories and types of geopolitics

https://youtu.be/nIGtsP3oJzI In this presentation we look at the development of geopolitics as a concept and practice. The concept emerged in the beginning of the 20th century, as Geopolitik. (For a preview of the contents of this lecture see: https://youtu.be/P56NoTi0L80). Over decades of global diplomacy and international politics it was interpreted and developed by scholars from [...]

Belt and Road Initiative: Geopolitical Analysis

http://www.youtube.com/watch The Belt and Road initiative is a convergence of China's New Silk Road project to create land routes through Central Asia, linking Eurasia and Europe, with the New Maritime Silk Road initiative to build a network of ports and logistics in the Indian Ocean region. This presentation analyses the geopolitics of the Belt and [...]

Sun Tzu’s Art of War: Geopolitics of Ancient China

http://www.youtube.com/watch Sun Tzu's Art of War is the perennial classic of grand strategy, marking a paradigm shift in the organisation of warfare in not just Chinese but world history. Master Sun professes the importance of training, leadership and the study of warfare not just as an art but also as a science. 'The use of [...]