Posted on 07/01/2013
Klaus Dodds, Professor of Geopolitics in the Department, and political geography lecturer, Dr Alasdair Pinkerton, have been making important contributions to recent debates about the status of the Falkland Islands. Following President Cristina Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's letter published in the British press, reasserting Argentina's claim to the Malvinas Islands, both Professor Dodds and Dr Pinkerton have been in demand for comment on the geopolitical relationship on the relationship between Britain and Argentina 30 years on from the Falklands War. Both have also been asked to comment on the long-term history of claims for the ownership of the islands, as President Fernández's case is based upon a particular narrative of imperial history in the South Atlantic.
You can find Professor Dodds' comments on the situation in the Daily Telegraph and the Huffington Post.
For a limited time, interviews with these experts can be accessed via the BBC iPlayer:
Dr Pinkerton on BBC Radio Five Live (@ 2:52.15)
Professor Dodds on the BBC Radio 4 news flagship Today Programme (@2:21.30)
Klaus and Alasdair teach on these issues in political geography courses in our undergraduate programmes, and are key contributors to the MSc in Geopolitics and Security at Royal Holloway. They will be traveling to the Falklands in March to observe the Falkland Islanders' referendum on their status and sovereignty.