Robert D. Kaplan

Robert D. Kaplan

Author. Foreign Correspondent. Geopolitics.

Robert D. Kaplan - THe Return of Marco Polos World

The Return of Marco Polo's World
War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-First Century

Petraeus

"These essays comprise a truly path-breaking, brilliant synthesis and analysis of geographic, political, technological, and economic trends... The Return of Marco Polo's World is another work by Robert D. Kaplan that will be regarded as a classic." - General (Ret.) David Petraeus

Speeches

My lectures are tightly structured, high-concept briefings crammed with ideas and information - reflecting my 16 bestselling books on geopolitics and over three decades as a foreign correspondent for The Atlantic and other publications. These lectures are future oriented: throughout the decades I have often gotten to places and raised ideas months and years before they reached the front pages. For example, I wrote about Darfur in the mid-1980s for The Atlantic, about the Kurds in the late-1980s. I raised the possibility of violent conflict in the Balkans before the Berlin Wall even fell. I wrote an Atlantic essay about Syria’s artificiality and sectarian divisions in 1993; about Mexico's criminal instability a decade before open warfare erupted between the cartels; about coming conflict on the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier a year before 9/11; about China’s navy in 2005, years before the media reported it as a threat. I wrote about drones and special operations forces long before President Obama adopted them as weapons of choice; about Narendra Modi a half-decade before he became India’s prime minister, and so forth.

Most famously, I wrote a cover story in February 1994 in The Atlantic predicting "the coming anarchy" of the early 21st century: in which terrorism, the dramatic rise of young males in the third world population, resource scarcity, and sectarian and ethnic divides would erode the political fabric of the planet.

Because I continue to travel for research, I am always updating my lectures. My motto is, if you stop learning, you can no longer teach. And learning also means never forgetting your own mistakes: the things you failed to predict or got wrong. You learn the most from that.

Presently, I lecture on the following topics, typically in 45-minute presentations, plus Q&A. These lectures can be combined or adjusted for specific audiences. They all examine the economic consequences of geopolitical instability and change. Though I have been a war correspondent, I do not tell war stories. My entire emphasis is analytical.

EURASIA, EUROPE, AND THE QUESTION OF U. S. LEADERSHIP

THE GEOPOLITICAL CONSEQUENCES OF A SLOW-GROWTH WORLD

THE ROOT CAUSES OF ISIS AND GLOBAL ANARCHY

THE GEOPOLITICS OF ASIA

THE GEOPOLITICS OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

THE GEOPOLITICS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN

MARITIME AND ENERGY GEOPOLITICS

THE GEOPOLITICS OF RUSSIA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION

EUROPE'S NEW MAP

THE REVENGE OF GEOGRAPHY

THE POST-IMPERIAL MIDDLE EAST

For further information contact Elizabeth M. Lockyer at robertdkaplan52@gmail.com or 904-738-7118.

Robert D. Kaplan - In Europe's Shadow

In Europe’s Shadow:
Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond

Brokaw

"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

How Islam Created Europe

"In late antiquity, the religion split the Mediterranean world in two. Now it is remaking the continent...."