Geopolitik Episode 1: Eurasia and the Idea of Geopolitics

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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.

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About Author

Luke Phillips is a policy researcher and political writer interested in economic policy, government reform, American political and intellectual history, federalism and administration, foreign policy and grand strategy, and political theory. He is based between Southern California and Washington D.C., and has been active in California state politics.

Phillips has been involved in policy research, commentary publishing, and politics for some time. He has done stints and projects at the Richard Nixon Foundation, the John Hay Initiative, Mike & Morley LLC, The American Interest magazine, the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, and various California Republican campaigns, including Duf Sundheim’s 2016 bid for the U.S. Senate and David Hadley’s brief 2018 campaign for Governor of California. He has been involved in various center-right blogging projects over the years, including The Progressive Republican League, The New Hamiltonian, and most recently, The Hamiltonian Republican. He keeps a personal blog on politics, history, ethics, and philosophy called “A Biased Perspective.” Outside of writing and politics, Phillips has marched in the University of Southern California’s Trojan Marching Band, sang in various Catholic choirs, and worked as an OA Trail Crew Foreman in the Philmont Scout Ranch Conservation Department. He is an avid hiker, a mediocre ukulelist, and an occasional poet.
Luke is currently finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. He commutes regularly to the Washington D.C. Metro Area, where he will be relocating in 2018. Phillips is an Eagle Scout, and a member of the Hertog Foundation Alumni and the USC Unruh Associates.

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