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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded solutions to enduring geopolitical problems

The Centre for Geopolitics is once again hosting a fortnightly graduate discussion group to engage with the geopolitical consequences of various crises of the present. The group is intended to be a forum for students to discuss concerns regarding the present and future of the international order.  We encourage participation from students of all backgrounds and studying all disciplines. 

This term’s discussion group theme will be Democracy in Crisis. The US electoral system once held – perhaps unjustly – as a model of democratic triumph, has revealed a range of problems facing the future of democracy.  Therefore, this series will be focused on examining democracy in crisis.  Although the focus will not be solely on America, the US elections are an inescapably critical event occurring during this term, and there will be a special meeting to discuss it in its aftermath.

The discussions will be held via Zoom on Thursdays at 2pm, and will be open to MPhils, PhDs, and other members of the post-graduate community at the University of Cambridge. The discussion group aims to place various challenges in broader geopolitical and historical context. 

October 15 – Elections and Domestic Legitimacy

October  29 - Foreign Interference

November 5 SPECIAL MEETING - Aftermath of US Elections

November 12 –Challenges to Democratic Societies

November 26 – Democracy in War, Pandemic, and Crisis

Participation is only open to University of Cambridge grad students. To access full details and register for the group, click here.  You will need your CSRid to access the group.

Please feel free to contact Arjun Sharath at with any questions. 

Thursday, 15 October, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00
Thursday, 29 October, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00
Thursday, 5 November, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00
Thursday, 12 November, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00
Thursday, 26 November, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00
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