The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) hosted the book launch for The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate by Robert D. Kaplan, CNAS Adjunct Senior Fellow and Chief Geopolitical Analyst at Stratfor, on Thursday, September 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. David Ignatius, Associate Editor and Columnist at The Washington Post, interviewed Kaplan, followed by Q&A with the audience.
About the book
In The Revenge of Geography, Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world's hot spots by examining their climates, topographiesand proximities to other embattled lands. Kaplan then applies the lessons learned to the present crises in Europe, Russia, China, the Indian subcontinent, Turkey, Iran and the Arab Middle East. The result is a holistic interpretation of the next cycle of conflict throughout Eurasia. Kaplan shows how timeless truths and natural facts can help prevent this century's looming cataclysms.
Date & Time
Thursday, September 13, 2012
5:30-6:00 p.m.: Guest registration and book sales
6:00-7:15 p.m.: Moderated discussion followed by Q&A
7:15-8:00 p.m.: Book-signing cocktail reception
The Willard InterContinental Hotel's Grand Ballroom
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
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About the Speakers
Robert D. Kaplan is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at CNAS and Chief Geopolitical Analyst at Stratfor. He has authored 14 books on foreign affairs, including Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power. Kaplan's essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic , the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times, as well as in all the major foreign affairs journals. In 2011, Foreign Policy magazine named Kaplan among the world's "Top 100 Global Thinkers." In 2009, he was appointed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and served until 2011. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman calls Kaplan among the "most widely read" authors defining the post-Cold War.
David Ignatius is Associate Editor and columnist at The Washington Post and is one of the nation's foremost journalists on security and intelligence affairs. Previously, he was Executive Editor of the International Herald Tribune in Paris. Ignatius's writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic and The Washington Monthly. His globally syndicated column for The Washington Post won the 2000 Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary and a 2004 Edward Weintal Prize. He has received numerous honors, including the Legion of Honor from the French Republic, the Urbino World Press Award from the Italian Republic and a lifetime achievement award from the International Committee for Foreign Journalism.