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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded solutions to enduring geopolitical problems

The Forum on Geopolitics currently focuses on six key research strands, each with its own 'Laboratory for World Construction'. This is a space for academics and practitioners to collaborate in constructing meaningful solutions to complex geopolitical problems, beginning with the innovative use of historical understanding.

A Westphalia for the Middle East?

The Westphalia for the Middle East project is to open new, creative approaches for resolving conflict in the Middle East by looking at solutions that worked in the Peace of Westphalia . Ever since the 1970s, perhaps longer, the Middle East has been in the grip of a new Thirty Years War which echoes...

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European Orders

Europe has always been shaped by an order – or orders. Historically, most of these have been internal to the continent, though over the past one hundred years external powers have become more prominent. Today, we once again find ourselves in the force-field of competing orders: the European Union...

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Maritime Security

Maritime Security has become a salient concept in public discourse and grand strategic debates in the 21st Century. Justified by fears of trade disruptions at the Strait of Malacca or the Strait of Hormuz, imagined as ‘String of Pearls’ theory or the ‘Indo-Pacific Strategy’, and embedded into...

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Rising China

The People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) rapid ascension as a global power in the 21st Century has raised conceptual problems and strategic challenges for policymakers. PRC no longer fits within traditional classifications of “rising powers” or the third world, and its foreign policy is no longer one...

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Strategic Simulations

Each year the Forum on Geopolitics runs a strategic simulation exercise. Bringing together former leaders (including past secretaries of state, party leaders, ambassadors, and senior military officers) with serving officials, post-graduate students and leading academics we examine a notional but...

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The New Intermarium

After the end of the Cold War, the ‘lands between’ joined NATO and the EU. History appeared to have ended. Over the past few years, however, the invasion of Georgia, the annexation of the Crimea and many other Russian provocations have brought a revival of the Russian territorial and ideological...

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