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Robert D. Kaplan

Author and Chief Geopolitical Analyst, Stratfor

Robert D. Kaplan is chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor, a private global intelligence firm.

Robert D. Kaplan is the author of fifteen books on foreign affairs and travel, including The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate (Random House, 2012), Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power (Random House, 2010), Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos (Random House, 2002), and Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History (St. Martin’s, 1993).

He was a foreign correspondent for The Atlantic for more than a quarter-century. In 2011, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” In 2012, he joined STRATFOR as chief geopolitical analyst.

From 2009 to 2011, he served under Secretary of Defense Robert Gates as a member of the Defense Policy Board. Since 2008, he has been a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Class of 1960 Distinguished Visiting Professor in National Security at the U. S. Naval Academy.

His most recent book is “Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End to a Stable Pacific,” (Random House, 2014).

Articles by Robert D. Kaplan

Geopolitics at a Beijing Teahouse

Different worldviews informed by different geographical points of reference.

April 1, 2014

Turkey and the Politics of Water

Will Turkey's geography ensure it is a stronger power in the Middle East in the 21st century than it was in the 20th?

December 15, 2012

The Indian Ocean and the Future of U.S. Power

How will the global power base shift from the West to the Indian Ocean in the 21st century?

October 30, 2010

Romania Rediscovered

Will Romania be able to digest its rapid adaption of capitalism with most of country still in poverty?

August 18, 2001

Crime and Democracy in Bulgaria

How much of the old Soviet style communism still sets the rules for the country?

June 23, 2001

The Turkey-Israel Axis

What makes Turkey and Israel unlikely allies in a Muslim world?

March 23, 2001

The Military and Democracy in Turkey

Which is really ruling Turkey — the military or the government?

March 16, 2001