In an age of rampant globalisation the study of geopolitics assumes a crucial, and urgent, significance. While geopolitical considerations have always ruled imperial structures in the past, the present state of international politics, where the revolutionary Protestant colony of America postures on the world-stage as sole hegemon, demands a renewed attention to the historical, economic, cultural and spiritual bases of the major empires of the European mainland. After the last great war, the main counterpoise to the ambitious American international enterprise has been the Soviet Union and its successor, the Russian Federation. Works like Aleksandr Dugin’s Osnovi Geopolitike (The Foundations of Geopolitics) (1997), for example, have sought to present a Russian alternative to the American world-order. Western Europe, however, has been hampered in its natural development as the matrix of “western civilisation” – which includes the Russian and the American – by the severe calamities it suffered in the two world-wars. Steuckers’ essays, which complement the Russian Eurasianist works, are therefore of particular importance in emphasising the western European role in a new world-order that, unlike the American, will be directed not by the self-aggrandisement of capitalistic states but by the historical maturity requisite for genuine cultural development within and outside Europe.
Robert Steuckers (born in 1956 in Uccle, near Brussels) was a leading member of the Belgian section of the French think tank “Groupement de recherche et d’études pour la civilisation européenne” (GRECE) and is currently the director of the pan-European association “Synergies européenes” founded by him in 1994.