The Return of Geopolitics

Weekly Focus curated by Anita Dick, Marion Gollner and Ludger Hagedorn We face a complicated, volatile and uncertain geopolitical situation today. The post-Cold War order is over – along with its proclaimed “end of history” and the end of geopolitics. We are once again discussing a politics of national interests and geopolitical spheres of influence …
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William J. Burns:
American Diplomacy in a Disordered World

In the fifth event of the series “Geopolitical Talks” IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev talks with Ambassador William J. Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, about America’s changing role in the world and the purpose of American diplomacy. William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the …
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Shivshankar Menon:
The New Asian Geopolitics

In the last two decades, globalisation, rapid development and the rise of China and other emerging economies have moved the centre of gravity of the world politics and the economy to Asia. In this talk, Ambassador Menon considers the longer term drivers of this phenomenon and where they might take the geopolitics of Asia in …
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Robert John Sawers:
Changing Politics and Geopolitics

President Trump has now survived his first test as US President and, barring serious findings from the Mueller Inquiry, he will run for a second term with reasonable prospects of winning.  Like him or not, he is set to be the most consequential president for fifty years.  An assessment of the implications of a return …
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Timothy Snyder:
Ukrainian History as World History: 1917-2017

The main theme of European history in the 20th Century is the transition from empire to integration. Ukraine is the country whose experiences bring together European and global themes that allow us to see this process. 1917 is the year to begin – the anti-colonial revolution that was also a colonial revolution. Timothy Snyder is …
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Debating Europe:
The Return of Geopolitics in Europe

After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 and the subsequent reordering of Europe, it seemed that a new era of stable and peaceful development lay ahead. In recent months, however, Europeans have experienced increasing insecurity. Peace and security can no longer be taken for granted. Borders and national entities have been called into …
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Stephen Kotkin:
Sphere of Influence

A History of the Present The liberal, rules-based international order did not take shape predominantly as a consequence of highmindedness, but as a sphere of influence.  That, moreover, was to a great extent inspired, and sustained, by a comprehensive cold war with the Soviet Union (or Second World, as it was once called).  The sphere …
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Madeleine Albright:
Global Responsibility: Europe, the US and the Refugee Crisis

Madeleine Albright was born in 1937 in Prague. As a child, she moved with her family to the United States. After studying at Wellesley College and Columbia University, Albright entered politics at the urging of a former professor. In 1993, Albright became the American ambassador to the United Nations, and three years later she was …
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Misha Glenny:
McMafia and the Geopolitics of Crime

 Organized crime is part of all our worlds—often without us even knowing. In our times of the return of geopolitics Misha Glenny renowned author and journalist presents and discusses the deep and intricate connections in the world of international organized crime and how these developments affect today’s politics and societies. Misha Glenny is a …
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