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The Return of Eastern Europe at the Festival of Ideas

When Oct 21, 2017
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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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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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