Sir Halford John Mackinder, Privy Council of United Kingdom (15 February 1861 – 6 March 1947) Director of the London School of Economics, who is regarded as one of the founding fathers of both geopolitics and geostrategy.
“.. . if the Soviet Union emerges from this war as conqueror of Germany, she must rank as the greatest land Power on the Globe. Moreover, she will be the Power in the strategically strongest defensive position. The Heartland is the greatest natural fortress on earth. For the first time in history it is manned by a garrison sufficient both in number and quality” 1943.