UDC 327::911.3(477)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 65 (2014)
Vol. 65, No 1155-1156, pp. 26-43
DOI:

Original scientific paper
Received: 05 Nov 2014
Accepted: 05 Dec 2014

CONTEMPORARY SIGNIFICANCE OF MACKINDER’S EAST EUROPE CONCEPT: THE CASE OF THE UKRAINIAN CRISIS

Trapara Vladimir (Vladimir Trapara, istraživač saradnik, Institut za međunarodnu politiku i privredu), vtrapara@yahoo.com

The subject of this article is to demonstrate the significance of Halford Mackinder’s geopolitical concept of East Europe for contemporary international relations testing it on the case of the Ukrainian crisis. The author claims that, if properly read and interpreted, classic geopolitical concepts can explain a great deal of contemporary international reality. Mackinder’s concept of East Europe as the first stop on the road to global hegemony has proved to be valid on multiple historical examples during the last two centuries and it is still reliable for explaining contemporary foreign policy of the Unites states. The Ukrainian crisis is the key event in Washington’s geopolitical expansion to the East, whose imminent goal is the reign over whole East Europe, while the long-term one is to eliminate Russia as an independent great power in Eurasian Heartland, after which the road towards the world hegemony would be open for the U.S.

Keywords: East Europe, Mackinder, geopolitics, Ukrainian crisis, hegemony, Russia, United States