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Read more at: On Geopolitics podcast: China – taking stock
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On Geopolitics podcast: China – taking stock

What happened at the 20th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party and what does it mean for China's future direction? Ali and Suzanne are joined by Professor Bill Hurst , who talks us through personalities, drama, and the new Chinese focus on persistence and security. The hosts: Suzanne Raine is an Affiliate Lecturer at...


Read more at: On Geopolitics podcast: The single narrative

On Geopolitics podcast: The single narrative

Suzanne and Ali discuss how the anti-Western case is made by leaders from Putin to Bin Laden (and everyone in between) The hosts: Suzanne Raine is an Affiliate Lecturer at the Centre for Geopolitics at Cambridge University. She served for 24 years in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on foreign policy and...


Read more at: The China-Israel trade deal

The China-Israel trade deal

By Bill Figueroa For the past five years, China and Israel have been attempting to hammer out the details of a free-trade agreement, which would be the first of its kind for China in the Middle East. As recently as last month, the two sides claimed they aimed to ink an agreement by the end of 2022. But now, the deal is...


Read more at: Women, peace and security in the Middle East

Women, peace and security in the Middle East

By Dr Anahita Arian. Throughout the twentieth and in the twenty-first century, the Middle East has experienced various interstate and intrastate wars, conflicts, coups, revolutions, and other forms of violence and political turmoil. Since 2016, the Centre for Geopolitics has, through its Westphalia in the Middle East...


Read more at: On Geopolitics podcast - What is going to happen next?

On Geopolitics podcast - What is going to happen next?

After an eventful summer, Suzanne and Ali discuss the role and limitations of predictions and forecasting in geopolitics. More about the hosts Suzanne Raine is an Affiliate Lecturer at the Centre for Geopolitics at Cambridge University. She served for 24 years in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on foreign...


Read more at: Pregaming the Party Congress
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Pregaming the Party Congress

By Professor Bill Hurst , Deputy Director I am on record 20 years ago, in print, warning that scholars of Chinese politics, “confronting an increasingly opaque central decision-making apparatus should not succumb to baseless Kremlinological speculation, but rise to the challenge and make more resourceful and considered use...


Read more at: Welcome to the Baltic Summer School, by Rector Professor Rimvydas Petrauskas
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Welcome to the Baltic Summer School, by Rector Professor Rimvydas Petrauskas

The welcome to the Summer School from the Rector of Vilnius University, Professor Rimvydas Petrauskas, himself a historian, summed up the contemporary importance of the event, and the importance of university thinking, and gave a valuable outline of the historic relations between Lithuania and the UK:- I am delighted to...


Read more at: On Geopolitics Podcast - What next for Iran?
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On Geopolitics Podcast - What next for Iran?

Ali Ansari updates us on the state of negotiations on the JCPOA, and we discuss Iran's relationship with Russia. Also available to listen and subscribe to on Apple , Spotify and the Centre's Youtube channel . More about the hosts Suzanne Raine is an Affiliate Lecturer at the Centre for Geopolitics at Cambridge University...


Read more at: On Geopolitics Podcast- The Norway-Russia Border
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On Geopolitics Podcast- The Norway-Russia Border

Suzanne and Ali explore this short but significant border. Also available to listen and subscribe to on Apple , Spotify and the Centre's Youtube channel . More about the hosts Suzanne Raine is an Affiliate Lecturer at the Centre for Geopolitics at Cambridge University. She served for 24 years in the British Foreign and...


Read more at: On Geopolitics Podcast- Is Russia European At All?
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On Geopolitics Podcast- Is Russia European At All?

Ali and Suzanne discuss Russia's vast Asian territory and ask what effect it has on the identity of the largest country in the world. Also available to listen and subscribe to on Apple , Spotify and the Centre's Youtube channel . More about the hosts Suzanne Raine is an Affiliate Lecturer at the Centre for Geopolitics at...


Read more at: The future of neutrality in Europe
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The future of neutrality in Europe

By Rt Hon Charles Clarke The very recent decisions of Finland and Sweden to apply for membership of NATO have put the current geopolitical spotlight on the nature of neutrality in modern Europe. The Turkish response to their applications, which challenged their right to be NATO members because of the applicants’ alleged...


Read more at: Stuck in a corner: China’s Zero-Covid strategy
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Stuck in a corner: China’s Zero-Covid strategy

By Professor Bill Hurst When vaccines began to be widely disseminated and a path back toward relative normality started to emerge in early 2021, it also became clear that China would not follow it. Relatively slow to roll out vaccines, the PRC did manage to inoculate a very high percentage of its population on nearly the...


Read more at: On Geopolitics Podcast- The Baltic States, Ukraine and Russia

On Geopolitics Podcast- The Baltic States, Ukraine and Russia

Dr Donatas Kupciunas joins Ali and Suzanne to discuss the shared history of the Baltic states, Russia and Ukraine, and ask whether they will ever escape it. Also available to listen and subscribe to on Apple , Spotify and the Centre's Youtube channel . More about the hosts Suzanne Raine is an Affiliate Lecturer at the...


Read more at: Theology after Christendom? The ecumenical movement towards post-nationalist religious engagement
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Theology after Christendom? The ecumenical movement towards post-nationalist religious engagement

By Sophia R. C. Johnson In light of the Russian Orthodox Church’s (ROC) complicity in the Kremlin’s violent nationalist polemics, scholars and religious leaders are calling for alternative models of religious political engagement. I wrote recently about the role of the russkii mir or Holy Rus ideology in Russian...


Read more at: On Geopolitics Podcast- Ukraine: Is China on Russia's Side? Which Other States Might be?
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On Geopolitics Podcast- Ukraine: Is China on Russia's Side? Which Other States Might be?

Professor Bill Hurst explains the complex relationship between Russia and China as China grapples with the consequences of the invasion of Ukraine, it’s wider geopolitical and economic relationships and its aspirations for the future of the international order. Also available to listen and subscribe to on Apple , Spotify...


Read more at: Consequences for the Orthodox who reject the Russkii Mir
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Consequences for the Orthodox who reject the Russkii Mir

By Sophia R.C. Johnson When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, much of the religious-cultural analysis of the newly sparked war focused on nationalist ideals within the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). At the centre is the idea of the Russkii mir (Русский Мир, lit. ‘Russian World’) or Holy Rus, a united transnational...


Read more at: Is it the end of the road for Stormont?
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Is it the end of the road for Stormont?

By Dr Niamh Gallagher , co-convener of the Cambridge seminar on the future of the island of Ireland Northern Ireland’s political institutions are once again in trouble. In what seems like a semi-permanent state of disarray, the Northern Ireland Executive was plunged back into crisis following the resignation of the DUP...


Read more at: Russia and Ukraine through the prism of cross-Strait relations
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Russia and Ukraine through the prism of cross-Strait relations

By Professor Bill Hurst, Deputy Director There has been much attention in media and public discourse to alleged parallels between Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the threat of invasion of Taiwan by Mainland China. Much of the discussion is overly simplistic, however, in several key respects. First, China is not in a...


Read more at: The Russian invasion of Ukraine
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The Russian invasion of Ukraine

By Brendan Simms , Suzanne Raine & Donatas Kupciunas The Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began with the annexation of the Crimea and support for separatist movements in two eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, has now culminated in a direct full-scale military assault on the entire country. Whatever one makes of...


Read more at: The Centre's plans for 2022
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The Centre's plans for 2022

By Brendan Simms In January’s newsletter, we looked ahead to what might be coming our way on the world stage. This time, we would like to share with you some of the Centre’s plans for the year to come. 2022 promises to be a transformative twelve months for us in several ways. First, it will see unprecedented growth, most...