Welcome, listeners, to Geopolitik with Jack Anderson and Luke Phillips, a Glimpse From the Globe original podcast airing this Fall, 2016. Over the course of the semester we’ll discuss the geopolitics—the complex interaction and process of geography, ecology, climate, demography, political institutions, strategy, political economy, and culture—of the world’s major regions in both contemporary and historical context. We’ll dissect the dilemmas behind the strategic and political actions of the world’s big power players, and we’ll do it informed by both the wisdom of history and the clarity of theory.
This is not a prescriptive podcast (save episodes with that as the explicit goal.) Our purpose will be to examine, as James Kurth put it, “the realities of the mentalities of the localities”—the unique circumstances and histories of regions, and the pressures and constraints they place on societies. We will bring with us a tragic realist sensibility informed by the writings of Robert D. Kaplan, and will draw from a number of geopolitical writers and thinkers, including Mahan and Mackinder, Spykman and Morgenthau, Strausz-Hupe and Kissinger, Peterson and Grygiel and more. We invite others interested to join us as listeners, guests and commentators.
The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect those of the Glimpse from the Globe staff, editors or governors.