Robert D. Kaplan

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Robert D. Kaplan
is the bestselling author of sixteen books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including 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 contributing editor at The Atlantic, where his work has appeared for three decades. He was chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, a visiting professor at the United States Naval Academy, and a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. Foreign Policy magazine twice named him one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.”


Author  •  Foreign Correspondent  •  Geopolitics

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Stratfor is a subscription-based provider of geopolitical analysis. Individual and corporate subscribers gain a thorough understanding of international affairs, including what’s happening, why it’s happening, and what will happen next. Unlike traditional news outlets, Stratfor uses a unique, intelligence-based approach to gathering information via rigorous open-source monitoring and a global network of human sources. Analysts then evaluate events looking through the objective lens of geopolitics. Our goal is simple: to make the complexity of the world understandable to an intelligent readership, without ideology, agenda or national bias.

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June 29, 2012
Robert D. Kaplan on China's Port Expansion in the Indian Ocean (Agenda)

June 22, 2012
Robert D. Kaplan on Humanitarian Aid in Syria (Agenda)

June 15, 2012
A Conversation on Syria's Future with George Friedman and Robert D. Kaplan

June 8, 2012
Robert D. Kaplan on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (Agenda)

June 8, 2012
A Conversation on Counterinsurgency as a Strategy with George Friedman and Robert D. Kaplan

March 20, 2012
A Conversation on Syria with George Friedman and Robert D. Kaplan

March 16, 2012
Agenda with Robert D. Kaplan on Afghanistan

March 14, 2012
A Conversation on Europe with George Friedman and Robert D. Kaplan

March 9, 2012
Confronting Iran's Growing Ambitions (Agenda)

January 1, 2012
Robert D. Kaplan on Geopolitics and Journalism

November 15, 2011 – Agenda: With George Friedman and Robert Kaplan on Iran

November 11, 2011
A STRATFOR Conversation: George Friedman and Special Guest Robert Kaplan