What drives the behavior of Great Powers? Why are some states successful while others fail? What factors can sustain an empire? What are the challenges of the emerging multi-polar world in the 21st century? All these questions and many more can be answered with a proper theoretical framework. In this one-of-a-kind course, Professor Filip Kovacevic argues that geopolitics provides precisely such a framework.
In a series of information-packed lectures, professor Kovacevic presents the foundational texts and concepts of geopolitics. He distills the main ideas of the British geographer and politician Halford Mackinder, the American admiral and professor Alfred Thayer Mahan, the Dutch-American scholar Nicholas Spykman, and their contemporary advocate Zbigniew Brzezinski.
Professor Kovacevic also looks in detail at the opposing geopolitical vision of the Russian scholars and military officers Nikolai Danilevski and Peter Savitsky, and their contemporary advocates Yevgeny Primakov and Alexander Dugin. Most of this material has never been presented in English before and is largely unknown to the U.S. audience. In relation to Russian geopolitics, professor Kovacevic also discusses certain ideas of the German geopolitics professor Karl Haushofer and the French-Romanian writer Jean Parvulesco.
The aim of the course is to provide conceptual tools to understand, explain, and predict political events which are shaking to the core the political status quo all across the world, especially in Europe and Asia.