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Live On Stage
Tuesday October 22 2024, 7pm BST

How Geography Explains Our World, with Tim Marshall

Politics &

Tim Marshall is one of the world’s most successful authors on foreign affairs. He’s the writer who put the ‘geo’ into geopolitics with his multi-million selling books Prisoners of Geography and The Power of Geography.

Marshall’s principal argument is that without geography we cannot understand the world. Geography explains why Vladimir Putin wanted to annex Crimea; to remain a world power, Russia needs to maintain a navy and since Russian ports are frozen for half the year, Putin wants to control the warm water port of Odessa.

Geography also explains why China would find it highly difficult to invade Taiwan. The Taiwan Strait is about 130 km wide at its narrowest point, which is roughly three times the distance from Dover to Calais. Any invading force would face inhospitable coastlines, unpredictable monsoons and muddy, tidal beaches. Beijing might decide in time that these are risks worth taking. But these basic and immutable facts of natural terrain still matter hugely in international affairs.

On October 22 Marshall comes to the Intelligence Squared stage just weeks out from the pivotal election in the United States – and possibly one in the United Kingdom – to discuss how politics and geography intersect on the world stage. He will help us understand what’s at stake for the world in 2024 and how geography will underpin the geopolitical conflicts of the future.

Prisoners of Geography and The Power of Geography
by Tim Marshall

Event Name

How Geography Explains Our World, with Tim Marshall

  • Tim Marshall

    Bestselling author of Prisoners of Geography, The Power of Geography and The Future of Geography

  • Cadogan Hall
  • 5 Sloane Terrace
  • Belgravia
  • London
  • SW1X 9DQ
  • Tuesday 22 October 2024
  • 7pm to 8:30pm BST



Tim Marshall

Bestselling author of Prisoners of Geography, The Power of Geography and The Future of Geography

Leading authority on foreign affairs with more than 30 years of reporting experience. He was diplomatic editor at Sky News, and before that was working for the BBC and LBC/IRN radio. He has reported from 40 countries and covered conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Israel. He is the author of the No. 1 Sunday Times bestsellers Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps that Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics (which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide) and The Power of Geography: Ten Maps that Reveal the Future of Our World. His latest book is The Future of Geography: How Power and Politics in Space Will Change Our World.