RC41 - Geopolitics


Igor Okunev, MGIMO University

Institute for International Studies
Center for Spatial Analysis in IR
76 Vernadskogo Pr.
Moscow 119454

Co-Chair (interim)

Sharyl Cross, St. Edwards University, USA


Prof. Pere Vilanova, University of Barcelona, Spain, vilanova@ub.edu

Dr. Tolga Demiryol, Altinbas University, Turkey, demiryol@gmail.com

Dr. Ziv Rubinovitz, Sonoma State University, USA, ziv.rubinovitz@gmail.com



Recognized as study group in 1995; granted research committee status in 1999.



Promotes the study of geopolitics, a concept that today includes those variables important for a country’s foreign policy options, and which cannot be changed by governmental policy in a short period of time. These variables include, among others, a country’s positioning in the international and regional systems, its relationship to the processes of globalisation, and its relative power resources along different dimensions (economic, political, military, cultural etc.).

The research programme includes case studies concerning the reciprocal relationship between geopolitical influences and foreign policy behaviour, and contributions to theorising on the broader relationship between geopolitics and political behaviour.