Robert D. Kaplan is the bestselling author of seventeen books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including Earning the Rockies, In Europe's Shadow, Asia’s Cauldron, The Revenge of Geography, Monsoon, The Coming Anarchy, and Balkan Ghosts.
He is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a senior advisor at Eurasia Group. For three decades he reported on foreign affairs for The Atlantic. He held the national security chair at the United States Naval Academy and was a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. He is now a member of the U. S. Navy's Executive Panel.
Foreign Policy magazine twice named him one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.”
"A thoughtful, engrossing, eloquent reflection on the United States' westward expansion to fill our continent - and on the implications of the resulting national character for the current debate about the proper role of America in the world. Another masterpiece by Robert D. Kaplan." - General (Ret.) David Petraeus
"In Europe's Shadow is a masterful work of important history, analysis and prophecy about the ancient and modern rise of Romania as a roundabout between Russia and Europe. I learned something new on every page. Kaplan is a master." - Tom Brokaw
"Robert Kaplan's fascinating, prodigiously researched and important new book shines light on an ancient truth: geography has been the predominant factor in determining the fate of nations, from pharaonic Egypt to the Arab Spring." - Dr. Henry Kissinger
"An intellectual treat: Beautiful writing is not incompatible with geopolitical imagination and historical flair!" - Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski
"Elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany this year have brought much drama to the old Carolingian core, where Charlemagne founded his empire in the ninth century. This has always been the richest and most strongly institutionalized part of Europe. But should the European Union continue to weaken, the most profound repercussions will be felt farther east and south."