The Centre for Geopolitics at the University of Cambridge addresses the major problems of world order, past, present and future.  By applying historical analysis, political science and the experience of practitioners to the world’s most pressing geopolitical challenges, we offer a deeper understanding of where these challenges have come from, how they may develop and how they might be resolved.

Starting a Global Discussion

The rapid world-wide spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has posed new and unprecedented challenges for our globalised economic and political order. The future is uncertain, but it appears likely that the fallout from the pandemic will have greater consequences for the international system than 9/11, the 2008 financial crisis and the occupation of Crimea combined.

On this website, the Centre for Geopolitics will be connecting world-leading expertise in order to begin understanding the nature and far reaching implications of this global crisis.

You will find on these pages some open questions of critical importance to this process of understanding how the political and economic fallout might shape systems of world order, and what the crisis means for existing geopolitical problems and global connectivity. Each is accompanied by an initial analysis from experts cutting across academic disciplines and public policy backgrounds, and from across the world. These can only be tentative and will open many more avenues for consideration. We invite you to participate in this global discussion by submitting your thoughts to us, which the academic lead in the Centre for Geopolitics will add to the page on a rolling basis.

What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expect generally happens.

Benjamin Disraeli

Justice will not come to Athens until those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are injured.


Suddenly the sky is dark with chickens coming home to roost, and bedtime reading is Thucydides’ account of the disastrous Athenian siege of Syracuse.

Alexander Cockburn

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