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The Return of Eastern Europe at the Festival of Ideas

When Oct 21, 2017
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Where Alison Richard Building, SG1/SG2
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With the collapse of communism, the old Eastern Bloc disappeared from the map as the various states of the region were integrated into Western structures such as NATO and the EU. The region appeared to have reached the End of History. Now, after nearly three decades, Eastern Europe is re-emerging as a distinct geopolitical entity, situated at the epicentre of the three great international crises of our time: the unravelling of the EU, the New Cold War between Russia and the West and the outbreak of conflict in the Middle East.

In this presentation, the University’s Forum on Geopolitics will explore the factors which are recreating Eastern Europe and the significance of the continent’s east for Europe’s overall security and political architecture.



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The Russian Revolution and its legacy for today

When Nov 02, 2017
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where SG1/SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge
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With Russia continuing to gain prominence on the international stage, the Forum on Geopolitics is pleased to host former British diplomat Sir Tony Brenton for a public lecture to mark the centennial of the 1917 Russian Revolution that overthrew the Tsarist state and laid the groundwork for communist rule. Brenton, who served as Ambassador to Russia from 2004-2008, will discuss key moments in the Russian Revolution as well as its implications for contemporary geopolitics.


About the Speakers

Sir Tony Brenton read Mathematics at Queens' College, Cambridge, and entered the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1975. He served as the UK Ambassador to Russia from 2004-2008, and has authored The Greening of Machiavelli – The History of International Environmental Politics and edited Was Revolution Inevitable?: Turning Points in the Russian Revolution



Survival and Evolution: The Geopolitics of the South Atlantic

When Nov 23, 2017
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
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The Forum on Geopolitics is pleased to welcome the former British Ambassador to the Argentine Republic for this public lecture focusing on the South Atlantic. Sir John Freeman will provide analysis on resource issues in both the Falklands and Antarctica, as well as the Anglo-Argentine relationship.


About the Speakers

John Freeman: following his doctorate in King's College London, with a thesis entitled "Britain's nuclear arms control policy in the context of Anglo-American relations 1957–68",  John joined the FCO serving as its first Head of the South Africa section from 1986-1989. He went on to serve as the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna, the Permanent Representative to the the Conference on Disarmament, the Deputy-Director of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons from 2006-2011, and as the UK Ambassador to the Argentine Republic 2012-2016. 


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The Return of Eastern Europe at the Festival of Ideas

Oct 21, 2017

Alison Richard Building, SG1/SG2

The Russian Revolution and its legacy for today

Nov 02, 2017

SG1/SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge

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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.

Decline reading group end of term report

Jun 26, 2017

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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