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Jun 4, 2019 | 21:04 GMT

How Harold Mackinder Saw the World

Harold Mackinder's 1919 work Democratic Ideals and Reality laid the groundwork for the kind of geopolitical analysis that Stratfor produces today.
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It's been 30 years this June since a group of young protesters faced down military tanks in China's Tiananmen Square to protest for democracy.

That, of course, was a battle lost.

Another milestone approaches in 2019 — and although it's a century old, it remains relevant today as the United States and China renegotiate their relationship and the global balance of power. In 1919, Halford Mackinder's Democratic Ideals and Reality was published, laying the geopolitical framework without which Stratfor might not exist today. It's a book that resonates with Stratfor Vice President of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker as well as with his guest, historian and author Dr. Jeremi Suri, who discuss the book and the lessons it still offers on the relationship between geography, politics and society.

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