Robert D. Kaplan examines global upheavals, past and present, through the lens of geography and looks at what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world. In The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate he traces the history of the world’s hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other conflicts. Kaplan then applies the lessons learned to the present crises in Europe, Russia, China, the Indian subcontinent, Turkey, Iran, and the Arab Middle East.
Robert Kaplan, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a national correspondent for The Atlantic, and author of Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power, discusses the future of American power in the Indian Ocean region.
When President Obama continues his week-long Asia trip today in South Korea, he’ll get a look at the long aftermath of the Korean War. There are still approximately 28,000 United States soldiers stationed in South Korea. That's about 12,00 fewer than six years ago. Joining us now to explain why there are still so many U.S. troops committed is Robert Kaplan, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and a correspondent for The Atlantic.