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May 24

The World Island: Eurasian Geopolitics and the Fate of the West

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Foreign relations have always been significantly dependent on geography. Sir Halford Mackinder, the father of modern geopolitics, believed that he who controlled Eurasia would control the world, and this argument today is proving to be prescient. The struggle for control of Eurasia during the 21st Century is something the West cannot ignore. In The World Island: Eurasian Geopolitics and the Fate of the West, Alexandros Petersen discusses the development of strategic thinking and defines the current and future issues in the developing competition for power between Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, and other Eurasian nations. In his book, he also examines Western Eurasian strategy in the 21st Century and what is at stake for the future. This 'new world order' is characterized by the study and practice of Eurasian geopolitics, which has always been an important aspect of strategic planning for the West.

A sweeping, succinct and convincing argument for Transatlantic unity. With Europe's energy needs increasing, the emergence of China, the uncertainty of Russia's future, and NATO's involvement in Afghanistan, Petersen makes clear that we ignore Eurasia at our peril. For those who want to understand the vital importance of Eurasia, Petersen's strategy could not have come at a better time.
– Dr. Liam Fox, Secretary of State for Defence, United Kingdom

More About the Speakers

Alexandros Petersen
Director of Research, Henry Jackson Society, and Adviser, European Energy Security Initiative, Woodrow Wilson Center

With commentary from
S. Frederick Starr, Ph.D.
Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Research Professor, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Hosted By

Ariel Cohen, Ph.D. Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.

Visiting Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies and International Energy Policy in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, a division of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, at The Heritage Foundation Read More