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The Return of Geopolitics?

  • Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen Spittelauer Lände 3 1090, Vienna Austria (map)

The International Institute for Peace (IIP), in collaboration with the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES) and the Institute for Human Sciences cordially invites you to the upcoming panel discussion on the topic:


The Return of Geopolitics?


Date:                   Monday, 20th of May 2019

Time:                    6:00 pm                               

Venue:               IWM library, Spittelauer Lände 3, 1090, Vienna, Austria




. Hannes Swoboda, President of the International Institute for Peace (IIP), Vienna.


·         Ivan Krastev, chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and Permanent Fellow at the IWM.

·         Gwendolyn Sasse, the Director of the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin, and Professor of Comparative Politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations and at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at the University of Oxford.

·         Gerard Toal, a political geographer and Professor of Government and International Affairs at Virginia Tech.



·         Luiza Bialasiewicz, a political geographer and Professor of European Governance at the University of Amsterdam, where she is also co-director of the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies.



Over the past several years, it has become common to announce the ‘return of geopolitics’ in shaping the world order and relations between states. The popular media, but also the discourse of state leaders, increasingly makes use of classical geopolitical concepts in describing global events, from ‘spheres of influence’, ‘balance of power’ or ‘grand strategy’, to geographical descriptors like ‘heartlands’, ‘rimlands’ or ‘shatterbelts’.

But are we really witnessing the ‘return’ of old style great-power or Cold War geopolitics? Or something entirely different, despite a similar terminology? Our panel of experts will discuss changing understandings and practices of geopolitics today, asking whether a ‘geopolitical lens’ is still appropriate for understanding world politics today. What sort of geopolitics does – and can – the EU embody as a global actor? Can we speak of any sort of rational strategic engagement when we look at current US – or Russian – geopolitics? How do citizens make sense of geopolitical agendas in their everyday lives – especially those most directly affected by conflict?



The Discussion will be held in English.

The IIP invites to snacks and drinks after the event!




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