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Read more at: Baltic Network Member Profile - Dr Ieva Birka
Dr Ieva Birka

Baltic Network Member Profile - Dr Ieva Birka

Dr Ieva Birka is the Lead Researcher on two research projects being carried out at the University of Latvia Advanced Social and Political Research Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Latvia, MSc with Merit in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies from the London School of Economics, and a BA...


Read more at: Interview with Rt Hon Charles Clarke, Joint Leader of the Baltic Geopolitics Programme
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Interview with Rt Hon Charles Clarke, Joint Leader of the Baltic Geopolitics Programme

As we approach the first anniversary of the launch of the Baltic Geopolitics Programme, Donatas Kupciunas interviews the programme's Joint Leader, Rt Hon Charles Clarke. Q. Why is the Baltic region important in today’s world politics, and why do you think it is important for Britain specifically? The Baltic region, and in...


Read more at: Is it a party if no one comes? A ‘diplomatic boycott’ of the Olympics
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Is it a party if no one comes? A ‘diplomatic boycott’ of the Olympics

By Professor Bill Hurst On 6 December, the Biden administration announced that it would not send diplomatic or other official representatives to attend the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China. This was followed in short order by similar moves on the part of the British, Australian, Canadian, and other governments. All cited...


Read more at: Letter from the Directors, from the 2021 Annual Report
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Letter from the Directors, from the 2021 Annual Report

By Professor Brendan Simms, Director, and Bill Hurst, Deputy Director The past year has been one of growth and change for the Centre. When it began, we were – like the rest of the country – still in lockdown, continuing to provide a rich online offering on past and present geopolitics; as the year ends, we are already able...


Read more at: On Geopolitics- Belarus: the last Soviet state in Europe?
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On Geopolitics- Belarus: the last Soviet state in Europe?

We know Belarus as the home of Europe's last dictator, 'weaponising' of migrants, suppression of dissidents, but how much do we understand of the wider context? Dr Donatas Kupciunas joins Ali and Suzanne to explore the background to Belarus/Lithuania/Poland/Russia tensions and what the future might hold. Also available to...


Read more at: On Geopolitics Podcast- Five days that changed the world?
On Geopolitics Podcast

On Geopolitics Podcast- Five days that changed the world?

Professor Brendan Simms and Dr Charlie Laderman introduce their latest book, Hitler's American Gamble, which shows mistrust and uncertainty in decision-making between allies and adversaries in the five days between Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbour and Hitler's declaration of war on the USA. Also available to listen and...


Read more at: On Geopolitics Podcast- Ungoverned Spaces, with Lt General Sir Graeme Lamb
On Geopolitics Podcast

On Geopolitics Podcast- Ungoverned Spaces, with Lt General Sir Graeme Lamb

Convention holds that the world is organised into nation states, but this is challenged by the existence of "ungoverned space": non-state actors are on the rise both in areas of conflict and instability and in the West. Lt General Sir Graeme Lamb joins Ali Ansari and Suzanne Raine to explore the implications. Also...


Read more at: On Geopolitics Podcast - Afghanistan & the legacy of the Khorasan
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On Geopolitics Podcast - Afghanistan & the legacy of the Khorasan

In this inaugural episode of our new podcast series, Suzanne Raine and Ali Ansari discuss Afghanistan and look in detail at the historical and cultural significance of the Khorasan, a historical territory whose name survives in Persian and Islamist narratives about the future of the region and their own roles in global...


Read more at: The Warsaw Security Forum &  Gdańsk-Danzig-Gduńsk within the Baltic Borderlands
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The Warsaw Security Forum &  Gdańsk-Danzig-Gduńsk within the Baltic Borderlands

In early October, the Centre sent delegations to two events in Poland to build new partnerships, network and advance understanding between our two regions. Warsaw Security Forum, 5-6 October 2021 By Suzanne Raine warsaw_590.jpg The Centre for Geopolitics organised a roundtable on “What does ‘Global Britain' mean for the...


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...