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Forum on Geopolitics

Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

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Welcome to the Forum on Geopolitics

Welcome to the Forum on Geopolitics, an interdisciplinary space created by leading academics to consider within their historical contexts the world's most pressing current geopolitical questions. The Forum is a first step in the development of a new research centre, the Centre of Geopolitics and Grand Strategy (CoGGS), which will deepen the study of grand strategy and statecraft at the University of Cambridge, offer innovative opportunities for collaboration with practitioners and deliver impactful engagement with the wider world. We are currently working to fund this Centre and its planned lectureships, studentships and events programmes. If you are interested in supporting our efforts, please get in touch. --------------------------------------------- Our sincere thanks to Mr Ryan Robson for his very kind support and encouragement of our current programme of work.

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Events programme

The Forum on Geopolitics convenes a rich calendar of events and meetings in Cambridge and London on a wide range of issues related to our research themes, bringing together a variety of highly distinguished guests to consider the most important questions in modern geopolitics. If you have a suggestion for an event, or would like further information on hosting or sponsoring an event, please get in touch.

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Cambridge reading group on Decline

In 2017 the Forum on Geopolitics convened a reading group for a series of eight discussions titled: ‘From Thucydides to Trump. Decline in History.’ The reading group investigated the causes of the decline of nations, empires and civilizations, bringing together participants from the fields of history, law, business, public policy, urban studies, physics, and ecology. The group read texts by Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, Ibn Khaldun, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Hegel, Nietzsche, and social theorist Joseph Tainter. The texts were chosen for their theoretical power, intellectual rigour, and capacity to shed light on the state of the world in the twenty-first century. In a future effort, the Forum hopes to expand its scope of inquiry by addressing the problem of developing grand strategy in the context of decline.

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Forum on Geopolitics hosts former Catalonian president

The Forum on Geopolitics was honoured to host Artur Mas, the 129th president of the Generalitat of Catalonia.

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The Triple Bill on Brexit Report

The University of Cambridge’s Forum on Geopolitics is pleased to present this report of a series of three events held in May focusing on Brexit as part of its “Britain and Europe” research projects.

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Michael Gove gives talk to Forum on Geopolitics

The Forum on Geopolitics was delighted to host Michael Gove in the Department of Politics and International Studies for a talk to an audience of faculty and students entitled "My Vision for Europe after Brexit".

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Research themes and interests

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

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The Russian Revolution & its legacy for today

Nov 20, 2017

A summary of our most recent event marking the anniversary of the Russian Revolution.

Guaranteeing the Peace—International actors and their role in a peace settlement for the Middle East

Aug 02, 2017

Workshop Report of the Westphalia for the Middle East Project Berlin, 27-28 April 2017.

The Falklands/Malvinas 35 Years On

Jul 11, 2017

The Forum on Geopolitics hosts a special seminar on the Falklands/Malvinas.

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Upcoming events

After-ISIS: the future of Raqqa and Northern Syria

Jan 09, 2018

Peterhouse, Upper Hall

Top of the Trouble Spots: Forecasting geopolitical trouble in 2018

Jan 17, 2018

McCrum Theatre, Corpus Christi College

Brexit, Germany, and the Future of the European Union

Jan 23, 2018

McCrum Theatre, Corpus Christi College

The Partition of Ukraine: A Nightmare

Feb 07, 2018

Peterhouse Theatre

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