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Robert D. Kaplan

Autor de Fantasmas balcánicos

43+ Obras 8,861 Miembros 185 Reseñas 24 Preferidas

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Journalist Robert D. Kaplan is a contributing editor The Atlantic Monthly. He has traveled extensively, and his journeys through Yugoslavia and America have produced, respectively, Balkan Ghosts (which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize) and An Empire Wilderness. Kapan is also the author of mostrar más Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power (Random House, 2010) and The Revenge of Geography (Random House, 2012) Kaplan has lectured at the FBI, the National Security Agency, the Pentagon's Joint Staff, major universities, the CIA, and business forums. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Robert D. Kaplan

Fantasmas balcánicos (1993) 1,597 copias, 29 reseñas
La venganza de la geografía (2012) 967 copias, 16 reseñas
Viaje a los confines de la tierra (1996) 746 copias, 8 reseñas
Retorno de La Antiguedad (2001) 556 copias, 6 reseñas
gruñidos imperiales (Spanish Edition) (2005) 518 copias, 12 reseñas
The Arabists: The Romance of an American Elite (1993) 252 copias, 5 reseñas
Travelers' Tales GREECE : True Stories (2000) — Contribuidor — 31 copias
Razbunarea geografiei (Romanian Edition) (2014) 4 copias, 1 reseña

Obras relacionadas

Tarás Bulba (1835) — Introducción, algunas ediciones1,027 copias, 11 reseñas
Los centuriones (1960) — Prólogo, algunas ediciones237 copias, 4 reseñas
The Best American Magazine Writing 2003 (2003) — Contribuidor — 71 copias
Lord Jim / Nostromo (2000) — Introducción, algunas ediciones69 copias, 2 reseñas
The Best Spiritual Writing 2011 (2010) — Contribuidor — 38 copias


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Kaplan is one of those hard-realist conservative commentators on US foreign policy of the old school. This is a collection of his essays from the first part of this century, so it’s a bit jumbled and in places repetitive. I found myself nodding in agreement about as often as I shook my head in baffled dissent.

My biggest point of dissent came as early as page 5, where he predicts the disintegration of Europe as a result of floods of migrants from North Africa, because the Arab Spring of 2012 has caused the downfall of the neighbouring “Muslim prison states”, meaning Iraq, Syria and Libya. This is simply bonkers. It’s difficult to decide where to start with dismantling it, but migrants are coming from all over Africa and western Asia, and the driving force for migration is economics rather than security; and anyway the migration question is but one of numerous factors contributing to economic inequality, which is the really big stress on European systems. Kaplan’s analysis privileges hard security over dull economics, and is the poorer for it.

The most attractive aspect of the book is Kaplan’s acceptance that he was wrong about the Iraq War, and that it’s not just that the aftermath of the invasion was mishandled (which is a line you will still hear from some apologists) but that the war itself was a bad idea. But this has unfortunately tilted him into a closer analysis of failures than successes, and it is noticeable that (Iraq apart) he is more drawn to analysing failures by Democratic than Republican administrations.

Fundamentally, Kaplan believes that geography is destiny, and self-interest should be coldly calculated. And yet there is clearly some room for values in his analysis; he doesn’t explain why, and you are left with the sense that he thinks human rights matter for white people and less for the rest of the world. And by emphasising geography, he loses the nuance of political choice in the countries that he is looking at; and even that is blinkered, as he considers risks to come only from states currently hostile to the USA.

Still, it’s very informative about the US foreign policy mind-set. I often like to say that the difference between Brussels and Washington as policy cities is that the depth of knowledge is often much greater in Washington, but you are lucky if there is more than one point of view to choose from, while in Brussels there is often diversity of opinion based on less profound analysis. This book is a good illustration.
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nwhyte | 5 reseñas más. | Jun 29, 2024 |
BJMacauley | 3 reseñas más. | Mar 30, 2024 |
Not read, author of “The Loom of Time” 2023 KLib
BJMacauley | 15 reseñas más. | Mar 30, 2024 |
A little hard to get into if, like me, you didn't already have the vocabulary. But once you get up to speed, it's an excellent discussion of how geography shapes geopolitics. Recommend you read it with a good atlas, you'll never see the maps the same way again.
rscottm182gmailcom | 15 reseñas más. | Mar 12, 2024 |



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