Are you looking for an inspiring, engaging and inclusive Geopolitics Summer School in 2020?

Dr Leonhardt van Efferink, Founding Editor of ExploringGeopolitics, will organize this at Maastricht University for the seventh time in 2020. His Geopolitics Summer School will consist of two modules in 2020:

These one-week courses seek to raise your geopolitical skills level and provide you with a clearer perspective on the world.

Summer School “Geopolitical Trends Analysis: China’s Global Power, Nationalism in Europe and Africa’s Natural Resources

The world seems to change faster than ever, raising important geopolitical questions.

For example, how does China’s Belt and Road Initiative change the power relations between China and other states? How does nationalism influence the coherence of the European Union and the geopolitical position of Europe’s countries such as Hungary, Russia and the United Kingdom? And how do conflicts over natural resources such as hydrocarbons, rare metals and fresh water affect the international relations of African states?

To answer these questions, this Summer School offers you interactive lectures about three influential geopolitical approaches. In these lectures, the differences between geopolitics, geostrategy and geo-economics are discussed as well. Another lecture explains key geopolitical concepts such as nation-state, national identity and national power. You will also be taught methods to assess national power, analyze geopolitical frames and conduct a geopolitical study of natural resources.

To apply freshly acquired skills, you do a few group assignments and one individual assignment about geopolitical trends of your choice.

Summer School “Geopolitical Scenario Planning: National Security, Territorial/Maritime Conflicts and Foreign Policy Strategy

The melting Arctic ice cap, the disputed South China Sea boundaries and the tense situation in Kashmir underline the importance of territorial and maritime conflicts in international relations. This Summer School helps you to better understand and manage the related geopolitical uncertainty.

The central question is how scenario planning can help you imagine plausible futures of territorial and maritime conflicts. Interactive lectures and workshops teach you to identify the geopolitical drivers of inter-state conflicts, and use these drivers to write geopolitical scenarios.

This Summer School also enables you to assess the impact of your scenarios on the foreign policy strategy of the involved states. To do this, you learn to analyze common notions of national security and national interests in these states.

To apply your newly developed skills, you do a few assignments about an inter-state conflict of your choice. Step-by-step, you become more familiar with a basic, yet effective approach towards scenario planning, which has proven to be an excellent starting point to study more advanced approaches after the course.

Overview of Geopolitical Summer Schools and Other Courses of Leonhardt

To conclude, here is the complete overview of Leonhardt’s Geopolitics Summer School and two other courses at Maastricht University in 2020:

Geopolitics Summer School

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