April 15, 2009

The Revenge of Geography: Press Briefing with Journalist Robert Kaplan

April 15, 2009 - The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) hosted a press conference with Robert Kaplan to discuss his forthcoming article in Foreign Policy magazine entitled "The Revenge of Geography." 

True to Robert Kaplan's repertoire, "The Revenge of Geography" is a must-read for understanding the nature of today's current and potential conflicts in Eurasia.  Kaplan argues that Eurasia has become, "an organic whole," one that "will eventually be as claustrophobic as Israel and the Palestinian territories, with geography controlling everything and no room to maneuver."  He describes four shatter zones, or areas more prone to conflict, that threaten to "implode, explode, or maintain a fragile equilibrium."  These shatter zones include the Indian subcontinent, the Arabian Peninsula, the Fertile Crescent, and the Persian core.  Kaplan's eye opening analysis of these regions should be required reading for anyone in the national security arena.