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

Rise and Fall of the Indus Valley Civilisation: a perspective

    The Indus Valley Civilisation lasted from the late fifth to the second millennium BC, developed a vast network of well planned settlements and engaged in long distance trade with Egypt and Mesopotamia. The civilisation was referred to as Meluhha in Mesopotamian sources - a name which still exists in India for many fertile [...]

What is Geopolitics: from theory to practice 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 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: Over decades of global diplomacy and international politics it was interpreted and developed by scholars from [...]

Belt and Road Initiative: Geopolitical Analysis 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 [...]

The Great Queen Semiramis of Assyria (800 BC) : from Biblitheca Historica Before Alexander the Great (c 356-320 BC) marched to the frontiers of India through the wreck of the Persian Empire; before Cyrus the Great (c 600-530 BC), the first Emperor of the Persians conquered those frontier lands, there was the legendary queen Semiramis - who led the first recorded invasion from the West into [...]

Sun Tzu’s Art of War: Geopolitics of Ancient China 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 [...]