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Robert Kaplan

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Robert D. Kaplan

Best-selling author on foreign affairs


  • International affairs

  • US foreign policy

  • Geopoliticial trends




Robert D. Kaplan is the best-selling author of eighteen books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including The Return of Marco Polo's World: War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-First Century (2018), In Europe's Shadow (2016), Asia’s Cauldron (2015), The Revenge of Geography (2012) and Monsoon (2011).

He is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a senior adviser 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 currently a member of the US Navy's Executive Panel.

Foreign Policy magazine twice named him one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.”


Robert has long been regarded as one of America’s leading foreign policy experts. His perspectives on key geo-strategic issues provide business audiences with valuable insights on the impact of international affairs on their organisations.


How do maps shape geopolitical reality? Has technology really defeated geography? (2017)

Robert Kaplan says that changes in the Trump administration make conflict with Iran more likely (2018)