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Engelsberg Programme for Applied History, Grand Strategy and Geopolitics

The Engelsberg Programme for Applied History, Grand Strategy and Geopolitics was launched in October 2018. It represents a unique partnership between the Centre for Grand Strategy at the War Studies Department at King’s College London and the Forum on Geopolitics at Cambridge University. The programme is funded by the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit. Professor John Bew, Professor Brendan Simms and Dr Mattias Hessérus sit on the board of the programme.

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A Central European Grand Strategy?
19 June 2019

Former United States Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Wess Mitchell spoke about his work on The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Empire. 

Destined for War
17 June 2019

Graham Allison, Director of the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University spoke on his important recent work Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides' Trap? 

Applied History: Possibilities and Pitfalls 
7 June 2019

The panel discussed whether applied history, analysing today's geopolitical challenges through the prism of humanity's cumulative store of experience, can offer a wider perspective and a more imaginative strategic vision. 

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Lessons Past: How Have Strategists Learned from History?
9 May 2019

The purpose of the event was to explore to what extent past strategists, including those of the recent past, have sought guidance from history. When they have done so, how have they sought to distil useful lessons and reconcile them with contemporary influences? 


Saving Strangers: Rescuing Humanitarian Intervention from Liberal Hegemony
24 April 2019

The speaker presented an exhaustive definition of, and ideal-type programme for, a distinctly ‘humanitarian’ intervention. By showing humanitarian intervention to effectively be politically agnostic, and alleviating it of the burden of ‘nation building’, the pool of potential interveners is broadened exponentially and opposition to interventions will be lessened.

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Turkey, Britain and Europe in Global Turmoil: Historical Representations and   Contemporary Repercussions 
5 April 2019

This event focused on the mutual historical representations of Britain and Turkey in the late Ottoman and the early Republican era, with a specific focus on the ways in which the concept of Europe has been articulated by both sides in the given period, with reflections on the contemporary Turkey-Europe and Britain-Europe relationship. 

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