Newsbud Academy

Newsbud Academy

Foundations of Anglo-American & Russian Geopolitics

Course Schedule

The course will be presented over two days, three hours each, including live Q & A sessions and interaction with the lecturer, Professor Filip Kovacevic.

Saturday, September 23, 2017- From 10:00 a.m. Pacific to 1:00 p.m. Pacific (1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time)
Sunday, September 24, 2017- From 10:00 a.m. Pacific to 1:00 p.m. Pacific (1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time)

Course Synopsis

What drives the behavior of Great Powers? Why are some states successful while others fail? What factors can sustain an empire? What are the challenges of the emerging multi-polar world in the 21st century? All these questions and many more can be answered with a proper theoretical framework. In this course, professor Filip Kovacevic argues that geopolitics provides precisely such a framework. The critics of geopolitics who have insisted that history ended and geography became irrelevant have been proven wrong over and over again.

Course In-Depth Description

In a series of information-packed lectures, professor Kovacevic presents the foundational texts and concepts of geopolitics. He distills the main ideas of the British geographer and politician Halford Mackinder, the American admiral and professor Alfred Thayer Mahan, the Dutch-American scholar Nicholas Spykman, and their contemporary advocate Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Professor Kovacevic also looks in detail at the opposing geopolitical vision of the Russian scholars and military officers Nikolai Danilevski and Peter Savitsky, and their contemporary advocates Yevgeny Primakov and Alexander Dugin. Most of this material has never been presented in English before and is largely unknown to the U.S. audience. In relation to Russian geopolitics, professor Kovacevic also discusses certain ideas of the German geopolitics professor Karl Haushofer and the French-Romanian writer Jean Parvulesco.

The aim of the course is to provide conceptual tools to understand, explain, and predict political events which are shaking to the core the political status quo all across the world, especially in Europe and Asia.

This course is a prerequisite for future courses offered by Professor Kovacevic at Newsbud Academy, such as Russian Strategic Intelligence: Past, Present, Future, scheduled for Summer 2018.  

Lecturer Biography

Professor Filip Kovacevic received his doctorate in political science and a graduate minor in philosophy at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He taught for two years as Visiting Professor at Smolny College, St. Petersburg State University in Russia. He is on leave as Associate Professor from the University of Montenegro and currently teaches at the University of San Francisco. He has been invited to lecture throughout the EU, the U.S., and the ex-USSR. He is the author of eight books and hundreds of articles, newspaper columns, and media commentaries. At Newsbud, he is a senior geopolitical analyst and hosts a weekly show The Russian Newspapers Monitor.

*For Prof. Kovacevic Presentation Series at Newsbud Click Here

**For Select Articles by Prof. Kovacevic at Newsbud Click Here

Course Material

The participants will be provided with the list of lecture sub-topics as well as a course bibliography prior to the live course session.

Participants will also be provided with a certificate and a DVD of the lecture, and a Newsbud Hat, after the completion of the live course (Within 15 Business Days of Completion).