23rd World Congress of Political Science
19th- 24th July 2014 - Montreal, Canada
Palais des congrès de Montréal

Congress theme: Challenges of Contemporary Governance

The Geopolitics RC 41 panels were well attended at the recent IPSA convention held in Montreal Canada. The first panel focused on the issue of Great Powers and Geopolitics. Participants included from left to right:

-Dr. Aharon Klieman, Tel Aviv University, Israel, Chair and Chair of the RC-41 Executive Committee
-Ambassador/Dr. Tuncay Babali, Turkish Embassy Ottowa
-Dr. Arundoday Bajpai, Agra University India
-Dr. Sharyl Cross, Director Kozmetsky Center St. Edward's University & Global Policy Fellow Kennan Institute
-Dr. Zeynep Kaya, Gredik University Turkey


Following the panels, the RC 41 convened a general meeting to review progress since the previous convention in Madrid Spain. Dr. Aharon Klieman encouraged continued growth of the RC-41 network and welcomed suggestions for interim subject area workshops in preparation for the Istanbul IPSA Convention in 2015. Overall, members of Executive Committee and contributors were pleased with the excellent panels and discussions at the Montreal session, and expressed interest in continuing collaboration on the critical issues of geopolitics. RC-41 Executive Committee member Dr. Sharyl Cross suggested that "...there has been significant growth in the RC 41 community as a result of the dedicated leadership & commitment of Aharon Klieman (Chair), Igor Okunev (Program Coordinator), and others. We have a thriving internet/social media global network that enables those working on issues of geopolitics to remain up to date on recent conferences, publications etc. RC-41 is an invaluable forum for bringing specialists from around the world to collaborate and share perspectives on the dynamic and often turbulent geopolitical developments occurring in the international system."

RC 41 Geopolitics Panels:

Great Powers and Geopolitics

Chair: Prof. Aharon Klieman

The contours of today’s evolving global system are by no means clear. Economic, domestic and regional uncertainties in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia challenge students of international affairs to define the superstructure of tomorrow’s world.

Are we on the threshold of a unipolar-, bipolar-, tripolar-, or multi-polar “moment”? Who are the actors best positioned to lead in the ongoing rebalancing of power? What factors determine their ranking in the hierarchy of power? Where are those trouble spots and flash points located with the greatest potential for tipping the delicately-poised scales between peace and war?

Language: English


BRICS and Geopolitics: A Match Made in Heaven? Dr. Zeynep Kaya

Contemporary Geo-Politics of Indian Ocean: India, China and Other Powers Dr. Arunoday Bajpai

Great Powers & Geopolitics.Middle East and the case of Syria: Contests and Contestants Dr. Pedro Vilanova

Oil, Power and Security: The Chinese interests in Central Asia Miss Kelly Ferreira

Some important Parameters of Contemporary World Geopolitics Prof. Luis Tomé

United States, Russia, China and Shifting Global Power Relationships: Syrian Case Study Dr. Sharyl N. Cross

Post-Modern (Critical) Geopolitics

Chair: Dr. Sharyl N. Cross

Co-Chair: Prof. Aharon Klieman

Geopolitics as an academic discipline based itself until fairly recently on the premise that physical space and spatial variables largely govern international relations and world politics. However, in recent decades (perhaps a little later than other social sciences) this traditional approach to political geography has been affected by postmodernism, with new studies concentrating instead on analyzing the process by which geopolitical representations and images are formed. What ultimately determines a nation’s geopolitics? Fundamental laws of nature and the structure of space, or geographical imagination and spatial myths?

This question and the debate it has generated are at the heart of the split between modern and post-modern geopolitics. Moreover, how we answer this question will either pave the way for new methods of research, in particular, discourse analysis, or limit their appeal and relevance.

In this session we will be concentrating on the following: • What are the shortcomings of Realism – the classical paradigm – in understanding geopolitics? • How are geopolitical myths created, and how great is their impact on international relations? • What methods can be employed for analysis of geopolitical imagination? • Can we bring about a convergence of classical and critical approaches in geopolitics - post-critical geopolitics?

Language: English


Cape Town as a Gateway City: Interlinking the Sub-Saharan Oil and Gas Industry Globally Mr. Sören Scholvin

Contending Geopolitical Identities in Turkey over the Syria Crisis Mr. Emir Yazici, Miss Nihal Kutlu

Geopolitical Role of Regional Inter-State Organizations Prof. Alexander Nikitin

Projecting and Analysis of Megatrends in Global Development and World and Russian Geopolitics (2015, 2020, 2025) Prof. Iouri Irchine

The limits of realist geopolitics: Incorporating space and scale into contemporary analysis Mr. matthew morgan