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Read more at: Talking Baltics: Interview with Ross Allen
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Talking Baltics: Interview with Ross Allen

Brendan Simms, Director of the Centre for Geopolitics, spoke with Mr Ross Allen, the new British Ambassador to Estonia 1. How far did Estonia react to the Belarussian crisis? Estonia has reacted strongly to the crisis, supporting significant sanctions on the Lukashenko regime. The fact that sanctions are coordinated...


Read more at: Britain and the Eastern Baltic region: the past, the present and the future
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Britain and the Eastern Baltic region: the past, the present and the future

21 September 2021 By Donatas Kupciunas, Baltic Research Associate In 1919, the somewhat miraculous appearance on the map of Europe of the three eastern Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania drew much interest from London. From the outset, Britain played a significant role in this Baltic state building. Together...


Read more at: 9/11 becomes history
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9/11 becomes history

17 September 2021 By Suzanne Raine , Affiliated Lecturer The unhappy coincidence of the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 and the humiliating withdrawal of the US and its NATO allies from Afghanistan is of course not a coincidence: the date was chosen by President Biden and intended to be symbolic. The symbolism hasn’t worked...


Read more at: From Sea to Space – Chinese “astropolitical” ambitions in the 21st Century
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From Sea to Space – Chinese “astropolitical” ambitions in the 21st Century

17 September 2021 Dr Kun-Chin Lin , Deputy Director, Centre for Geopolitics The head of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, Ye Peijian , remarked in 2019 that: “… the universe is an ocean, the moon is the Diaoyu Islands, Mars is Huangyan Island. If we don’t go there now even though we’re capable of doing so, then we...


Read more at: The Atlantic Charter of August 1941 eighty years on
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The Atlantic Charter of August 1941 eighty years on

11 August 2021 By Professor Brendan Simms On 14 August 1941, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt met in Placentia Bay off Newfoundland and issued a joint declaration. It set out a vision for a new global order based on international cooperation, social justice, free trade and...


Read more at: Podcast: The Secret Pigeon Service and an Untold Story of WW2 Resistance, with Gordon Corera
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Podcast: The Secret Pigeon Service and an Untold Story of WW2 Resistance, with Gordon Corera

July 20th 2021 Suzanne Raine talks to Gordon Corera, BBC Security Correspondent, about a story of bravery, belief, hope, patriotism, loyalty and pigeons. Part of our series on Resistance, Radicalistion & Religion. The Centre for Geopolitics Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts , Spotify and the Centre's Youtube...


Read more at: A tale of two Unions
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A tale of two Unions

14 July 2021 By Professor Brendan Simms Now that Brexit has been completed, for better or for worse, the immediate challenge facing the UK government will be how to deal with the growth of centrifugal forces on our archipelago. This is partly a question of mitigating the effects of Brexit, but it is also a matter of...


Read more at: Podcast: Berlin, Brussels and Brexit, with Nicolai von Ondarza
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Podcast: Berlin, Brussels and Brexit, with Nicolai von Ondarza

1 July 2021 Series 4: Germany and the World Episode 3: Philipp Hirsch and Nicolai von Ondarza from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs discuss the role and importance of Europe for German politics as well as German perspectives on Brexit. The Centre for Geopolitics Podcast is available on Apple...


Read more at: Podcast: Understanding Islamist Extremism in Africa, with Dr Nayanka Paquete Perdigao
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Podcast: Understanding Islamist Extremism in Africa, with Dr Nayanka Paquete Perdigao

23 June 2021 Series 1: Resistance, Radicalisation & Religion. Episode 5: Suzanne Raine speaks with Dr Nayanka Paquete Perdigao about the Islamist extremist movements in Mozambique, West Africa and the Sahel. The Centre for Geopolitics Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts , Spotify and the Centre's Youtube Channel .


Read more at: Podcast: European and British views on the German elections, with Tony Barber

Podcast: European and British views on the German elections, with Tony Barber

17 June 2021 Series 4: Germany and the World Episode 2: Philipp Hirsch talks with Tony Barber, European Affairs Commentator at the Financial Times, about European and British views on German politics and what expectations there might be outside of Berlin about Merkel’s successor. The Centre for Geopolitics Podcast is...


Read more at: Right-wing movements as moderators of the far-right?
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Right-wing movements as moderators of the far-right?

17 June 2021 By Marietta van der Tol & Sophia Johnson Right-wing political parties tend to operate on the end of a political spectrum. But of course, beyond the “right” of right-wing movements exist all sorts of variations of radical- and extreme-right cells and networks (hereafter: the far-right). Some of these openly...


Read more at: The value of a ‘Russian perspective’ - thoughts on the Centre’s recent event with Dmitri Trenin

The value of a ‘Russian perspective’ - thoughts on the Centre’s recent event with Dmitri Trenin

16 June 2021 By Hugo Bromley , Ax:son Johnson Research Assistant in Applied History What does it mean to have a ‘Russian perspective’? This conversation, between former home secretary Rt. Hon. Charles Clarke and Dr Dmitri Trenin, the director of the Carnegie Moscow Centre, explored this question in some depth. Dr Trenin...


Read more at: Podcast: Merkel’s legacy and Germany’s new chancellor, with John F Jungclaussen

Podcast: Merkel’s legacy and Germany’s new chancellor, with John F Jungclaussen

9 June 2021 - Series 4: Germany and the World Episode 1: Philipp Hirsch and John F. Jungclaussen, historian and former London correspondent of the German newspaper Die Zeit, discuss Angela Merkel’s 16 year-long tenure as German chancellor, her possible successors as well as the main themes shaping this September’s election...


Read more at: Talking Baltics - Interview with Kadri Liik
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Talking Baltics - Interview with Kadri Liik

26 May 2021 We posed five questions to the Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations to get her thoughts on the Baltic Sea Region Q: What is the single most significant policy issue faced by the states of the Baltic Sea Region today and why? I would say that this has to do with the famous Rodrik’s...


Read more at: Arriving at – not starting with – a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific

Arriving at – not starting with – a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific

18 May 2021, By Kun-Chin Lin , Deputy Director, Centre for Geopolitics In its first 100 days, the Biden administration has brought a great deal of energy and activities to the Indo-Pacific. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry have...


Read more at: Global Britain and the Europe Union

Global Britain and the Europe Union

13 May 2021 By James Vitali , Ax:son Johnson Research Assistant in Applied History Who does the United Kingdom deal with when it interacts with the European Union? For many years, as a member state, this was not a particularly pressing question. Britain interacted with fellow European countries through EU institutions, in...


Read more at: Historical dimensions of ‘Humanitarian’ Intervention
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Historical dimensions of ‘Humanitarian’ Intervention

20 April 2021 By Patrick Milton , Research Fellow at Peterhouse An important focus of the Centre for Geopolitics’ work is on the challenges facing the implementation of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). In recent weeks, this issue has again become salient as the military regime of Myanmar has massacred hundreds of...


Read more at: Podcast: Tear down this Wall! With Timothy Garton Ash
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Podcast: Tear down this Wall! With Timothy Garton Ash

18 April 2021 With Suzanne Raine , Affiliated Lecturer E pisode 4 : Tear down this Wall! With Timothy Garton Ash Suzanne Raine talks to Professor Timothy Garton Ash about resistance to the Iron Curtain and the scars it left behind. Part of the Resistance, Radicalisation and Religion Series: Suzanne Raine, Affiliate...


Read more at: LISTEN NOW - Podcast: Financing the Tilt to the Indo-Pacific, with James Crabtree
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LISTEN NOW - Podcast: Financing the Tilt to the Indo-Pacific, with James Crabtree

15 April 2021 With Hugo Bromley , Research Assistant. Episode 3: Financing the Tilt to the Indo-Pacific, with James Crabtree Hugo Bromley speaks with James Crabtree, the incoming Executive Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies Asia, about the role of financial services in supporting the ‘tilt to the...


Read more at: LISTEN NOW - Podcast: Hateful Extremism, with Sara Khan
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LISTEN NOW - Podcast: Hateful Extremism, with Sara Khan

8 April 2021 With Suzanne Raine , Affiliated Lecturer. E pisode 3 : Hateful Extremism, with Sara Khan Suzanne Raine speaks with Sara Khan, the U.K. Prime Minister’s Independent Adviser for Social Cohesion and Resilience and author of the recent report Home Office report "operating with impunity" to discuss counter-...