Event: Why Geopolitics Matter


TIME:  18:00 – 19:00,19th June 2017

VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, 26th Floor
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP


Klaus Dodds
Klaus Dodds

Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London
Author of Geopolitics, A Very Short Introduction

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Geopolitics is a way of looking at the world: one that considers the links between political power, geography, and cultural diversity. In certain places such as Iraq or Lebanon, moving a few feet either side of a territorial boundary can be a matter of life or death, dramatically highlighting the connections between place and politics. Even far away from these ‘danger zones’ – in Europe or the US for example – geopolitics remains an important part of everyday life. For a country’s location and size as well as its sovereignty and resources all affect how the people that live there understand and interact with the wider world.

Klaus Dodds is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences. Klaus writes on geopolitics and security often using popular culture to inform such discussions, as well as the governance of the Polar Regions and South Atlantic. Recent and forthcoming books including Ice: a natural and cultural history (Reaktion 2018) and Geopolitics, Genders and Geographies of James Bond (Palgrave 2017).  Outside academia, he has worked for the House of Lords as a specialist adviser to the Select Committee on the Arctic and the MOD and FCO on polar and South Atlantic-related matters. Klaus serves on a number of advisory committees and councils include the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Polar Regions.


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