Robert D. Kaplan
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- The Man Who Would Be Khan, March 2004
Meet Colonel Tom Wilhelm, one of a new breed of soldier-diplomats that has come into being since the end of the Cold War.
- The Story of A War, November 2003
Kaplan reviews The Iraq War: A Military History by Williamson Murray and Major General Robert H. Scales Jr.
- Supremacy by Stealth, July/August 2003
It is a cliché these days to observe that the United States now possesses a global empire. Our recent effort in Iraq, with its large-scale mobilization of troops and immense concentration of risk, is not indicative of how we will want to act in the future. So how should we operate on a tactical level to preserve our imperium?
- Supremacy by Stealth, July/August 2003
It's a cliché these days to observe that the United States now possesses a global empire. It is time to move beyond a statement of the obvious. How should we operate on a tactical level to preserve our imperium? What are the rules and what are the tools?
- Euphorias of Hatred, May 2003
The grim lessons of a novel by Gogol.
- A Tale of Two Colonies, April 2003
Our correspondent travels to Yemen and Eritrea, two countries central to U.S. military efforts in the war on terrorism, and describes growing involvement in two dramatically different political landscapes.
- A Post-Saddam Scenario, November 2002
Iraq could become America's primary staging ground in the Middle East. And the greatest beneficial effect could come next door, in Iran.
- The World in 2005, March 2002
American eyes are focused at the moment mainly on the war against terrorism. But powerful forces continue to shape the world without regard to that war—and will affect how we wage it.
- Looking the World in the Eye, December 2001
Samuel Huntington is a mild-mannered man whose sharp opinions—about the collision of Islam and the West, about the role of the military in a liberal society, about what separates countries that work from countries that don't—have proved to be as prescient as they have been controversial.
- Roman Africa, June 2001
The economic and political fault lines that separated Carthage and Numidia are the ones that separate Tunisia and Algeria—and the Romans drew them.
- Where Europe Vanishes, November 2000
The Caucasus region -- bounded by Russia and Iran, by the Black Sea and the Caspian -- is rich in oil and hatred. It is where Stalin was born, and where the Soviet empire died.
- The Lawless Frontier, September 2000
"Pakistan" is crumbling fast. The country is a Yugoslavia in the making, but with nuclear weapons.
- The Return of Ancient Times, June 2000
Human progress has often been made in the space between idealism and savagery.
- What Makes History, March 2000
Where the Enlightenment encountered reality.
- Israel Now, January 2000
The author, a former resident of Israel, finds that raw power and economic forces are redrawing the map of the Middle East, and peace talks will merely formalize the emerging reality.
- Four-Star Generalists, October 1999
In a lackluster age for many of the liberal arts, the discipline of military history retains exceptional relevance.
- China: A World Power Again, August 1999
What is usual for China is unusual for the West -- at least in recent memory.
- Kissinger, Metternich, and Realism, June 1999
What Kissinger has always offered is a grimly persuasive view of the human condition.
- Hoods Against Democrats, December 1998
In Bulgaria the distinction between the state and organized crime is clear -- for now.
- The Fulcrum of Europe, September 1998
The tendency in the West is to dismiss Romania as a sadly decrepit irrelevance. Will we discover the mistake in time?
- Travels Into America's Future, August 1998
Imagine a land in which the dominant culture is an internationalized one, at every level; in which the political units that really matter are confederations of city-states; in which loyalty is an economic concept, when it is not obsolete; in which "the United States" exists chiefly to provide military protection. That is the land our correspondent glimpses, and it is no longer beyond the horizon.
- Night Train to Istanbul, July 1998
- Travels Into America's Future, July 1998
The author, who has long experience reporting from dimly understood regions of the world, reports from his dimly understood native land, and his excursions expose the borderless forces that are pushing America into its next life.
- New England Places, May 1998
The Atlantic has been headquartered in New England for 140 years, so the staff members and contributing editors have had plenty of time to explore it. Here are some of our favorite spots.
- And Now for the News, March 1998
The disturbing freshness of Gibbon's Decline and Fall.
- Special Intelligence, February 1998
The roles of the CIA and the military may merge, in the form of "Special Forces," made up of data-analyzing urban commandos.
- History Moving North, March 1997
As Mexican society fragments, the impact will hit the United States with force -- and U.S. society is likely to fragment in some of the same ways.
- Was Democracy Just a Moment?, December 1997
The global triumph of democracy was to be the glorious climax of the American Century. But democracy may not be the system that will best serve the world -- or even the one that will prevail in places that now consider themselves bastions of freedom.
- Fort Leavenworth
and the Eclipse of Nationhood, September 1996
Fort Leavenworth, in Kansas, has for more than a century
been the place where the Army has prepared its most promising
commanders to "fight the next war." Today, when military
intellectuals at Fort Leavenworth ponder America's future -- as
much through the reading of ancient history as through the
analysis of computerized scenarios -- they are profoundly
unsettled by what they see.
- Proportionalism, August 1996
What should the United States do in the Third World, where there's too much to do and too much
that can't be done?
- A Bazaari's World,
To understand Iran -- and perhaps even the future
of other parts of the Islamic world -- one
must understand a man like Mohsen Rafiqdoost.
The Coming Anarchy, February 1994
How scarcity, crime, overpopulation, tribalism, and disease are
rapidly destroying the social fabric of our planet.
- Tales from the Bazaar,
As individuals, few American diplomats have been as
anonymous as the members of the group known as the
Arabists. And yet as a group, no cadre of diplomats has
aroused more suspicion than the Arab experts have.
Who are the Arabists? Where did they come
from? Do they deserve our confidence?
- The Character Issue,
Can the Germans get it right this time?
- The Balkans: Europe's Third
World, July 1989
Poverty and ethnic strife in southeastern Europe will give the
Russians a headache for years to come.
- Sons of Devils, November 1987
In a turbulent region the stateless Kurds play the role of spoiler.
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