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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems

OnGeopolitics is the Centre’s fortnightly podcast, hosted by Suzanne Raine and Professor Ali Ansari.  Our intention is to provide a mix of timely analysis of geopolitical developments and reflection on how geopolitics happens.  We draw on historical parallels and insights to provide thought-provoking new perspectives, looking at geopolitical issues both thematically and geographically.  We make the most of our position in Cambridge University to draw on the academic research and expertise we are surrounded by.  

Thematic subjects so far have included: the intersection between geopolitics, climate change and energy resources, how governments decide in a crisis; the relationship between longstanding conflict and development, what uncertainty shows us about the strengths and weakness of prediction and, and how anti-Western narratives are used by very different actors to justify, gain support, divide and recruit.  Geographically we have featured the Centre’s Professors Bill Hurst and Brendan Simms on China and Europe, Centre associate John Nilssen Wright on Japan and South Korea, and Dr Rory Finnin and Dr Jade McGlynn on Ukraine and Russia, alongside regular contributions from Ali Ansari on Iran and the geopolitics of the Middle East.  The podcast also builds on the Centre’s strands of activity by featuring discussions on our research into the UK and the Baltic and the Geopolitics of the UK Union. 

If you have ideas for subjects you would like us to explore in the podcast then please let us know.