Geopolitics, Identity, and the National Interest

Nov 11, 2016

Time & Date

Monday 21st November

18:00 – Registration
18:30 – Start
19:30 – End


6th Floor
8-10 Great George Street


Tim Marshall

Former Diplomatic Editor for Sky News, and acclaimed author of Prisoners of Geography and Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of Flags


An event chaired by:

Professor John Bew

Head of Policy Exchange’s Britain in the World Project


At a time of structural change in international political alignments driven by great power shifts, seemingly-insoluble conflict dynamics and spiralling domestic political turmoil across Western democracies, it is worth taking a step back to look at three key factors underlying these developments: geography; national identity; and national interest. Geography’s influence on international politics (geopolitics) is often noted – think popular references to “Island Britain” – but seldom properly linked to a country’s foreign policy outlook. National identity has emerged as a powerful driver of the political insurgencies spreading across Western Europe and the US. How does it differ from 1930s-type nationalism, if at all? Finally, the return to power politics and the pressures on the “globalist ethos” that defined world affairs in the post-Cold War unipolar era is now prompting re-examination of the concept of “national interest” as a guide to better strategy-making.

Discussing these themes at Policy Exchange will be Tim Marshall, whose last two books, Prisoners of Geography and Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of Flags, deal directly with these issues. Tim will also draw on his extensive experience in analysing, reporting and witnessing in person all major geopolitical events since the Cold War.

Tim Marshall was Diplomatic Editor and foreign correspondent for Sky News. His thirty years’ experience in news reporting and presenting includes reporting in the field from Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia during the Balkan wars of the 1990’s, and from Kosovo in 1999. In recent years he covered the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria. He has written for many of the national newspapers including the Times, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, and the Sunday Times. His books include  Shadowplay: The Overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic (a bestseller in former Yugoslavia), Dirty Northern B*st*rds!” and Other Tales from the Terraces: The Story of Britain’s Football Chants (published to widespread acclaim in 2014), Prisoners of Geography (published in UK, US, Germany, Japan, Turkey and Taiwan), and Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of Flags.

This event will be oversubscribed. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To apply for a place please email

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