Geopolitical Trends Analysis

Exploring Geopolitics was founded in 2009 by Editor Leonhardt van Efferink. Originally, he had only been educated as an economist. However, after becoming increasingly interested in geopolitical trends analysis, he founded first and then Exploring Geopolitics. Soon after, he did a Master’s in Geopolitics, before starting with a PhD in Geopolitics.

Exploring Geopolitics seeks to improve the geopolitical skills of its visitors. By engaging with diverse ideas about geopolitical trends analysis, this website seeks to be a stimulating forum where contributors and visitors discuss different approaches towards geopolitics.

Exploring Geopolitics gives the floor to different schools of thought in geopolitics and related disciplines. This is reflected by the wide variety of disciplinary and national backgrounds of our 132 contributors. Moreover, Exploring Geopolitics takes geopolitical trends analysis one step further with a strong focus on geopolitical approaches and geopolitical concepts.

Some contributions are based on interviews. These have been tagged in one of the following ways:

  • Geopolitical Passports: scholars discuss their views on geopolitics, based on a fixed set of ten questions. Exploring Geopolitics has published 66 of these interviews so far.
  • My New Book In 750 Words: scholars discuss their books, based on a fixed set of seven questions. 35 books have been discussed in this special feature so far.
  • Interviews: the other interviews that do not have a fixed set of questions. You can currently read 78 of them.

Most other contributions are articles, which have one of the following tags:

  • The Way I See It: scholars make a statement, and provide arguments to substantiate it. With two contributions, this special feature is still in an early stage.
  • Geopolitical Reviews: scholars offer an annual review with a geopolitical angle. At the moment, only four contributions for two years (2011 and 2012) are available.
  • Articles: the other articles that lack the fixed starting point of the previous two tags. Exploring Geopolitics offers 25 of them.

Finally, there are three posts with the tag Geopolitical Skills Development. They contain links to external websites about respectively Geopolitical Summer School courses, various Master Programs in Geopolitics and academic journals about geopolitics.

Last but not least, it needs to be explained why some articles on this website date back to 2007 and 2008. This is because Leonhardt ran the Dutch website between 2006 and 2008. More specifically, some of the articles from this period have been moved to Exploring Geopolitics that was founded in 2009.

If you have any questions about the website, geopolitical trends analysis or related aspects, please consult the FAQ page or contact Editor Leonhardt.