Robert D. Kaplan

The Geopolitics of the Iran Nuclear Deal

As the United States and Iran near an historic nuclear agreement there is an intense debate about whether a deal represents capitulation to Iranian interests in the Middle East or an opportunity to help stabilize the region.  If the United States and its partners learn the lessons of previous nuclear negotiations with Iran, and pursue a tightly coordinated strategy in the region, there is a potential over the next few years to ameliorate the conflict-ridden Middle East.

America will lose patience with European appeasement

Appeasement is an age-old tactic of diplomacy. It can be a defensible one, but not as a frame of mind for an entire continent. Yet no word captures the general mood of Europe better than appeasement.

Europeans, it has been said, cherish freedom but do not want to sacrifice anything for it. Only about half a dozen of Nato’s 28 members spend 2 per cent of output on defence, the alliance’s guideline level. When Vladimir Putin’s Russia undermined the strategic state of Ukraine, they stood and watched.

Iran's Great Cultural Advantage

Throughout all the vicissitudes of dealing with Iran, an obvious fact has been insufficiently addressed: The external behavior of Iran's regime is simply more dynamic and more effective than that of any other Muslim regime in the Middle East. Iran has constructed thousands of centrifuges. Tehran has trained and equipped Hezbollah in Lebanon and Shiite forces in Iraq and Yemen, and it has propped up Syria's embattled president. Turkey and the Arab world appear sleepy-eyed in comparison. Iran acts.

Opinion Journal: The Case for an Iran Deal

Center for a New American Security Senior Fellow Robert D. Kaplan makes the case for compromise with Tehran. 

Opinion Journal: Bibi, Congress, Obama and Iran

Mary Kissel discusses Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress with The Israeli Project's Omri Ceren and Center for a New American Security's Robert D. Kaplan. 

Why America’s Obsession With Iran’s Centrifuges Could Give Tehran the Bomb

Over the past two years, dozens of politicians and prognosticators have drawn various redlines that Iran should not cross lest it be “a screwdriver turn away from having a nuclear weapon,” as Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said last week.

Countering Putin’s Grand Strategy

The heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine this week isn’t the only reason to be skeptical about the prospects for the peace summit that began Wednesday in Minsk, Belarus.

Asia’s Rise Is Rooted in Confucian Values

One of the striking elements of “The Governance of China,” a book published this past fall in several languages (including English) by Chinese President Xi Jinping , was his reliance on the “brilliant insights” of Confucius to explain his own political and social philosophy. Mr. Xi quotes, for example, this pithy saying from the ancient master: “When we see men of virtue, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should examine ourselves.” And Mr.

The Postmodern Autocrat's Handbook

The concept of dictatorship is badly in need of revision.


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