The Indian Ocean and American Power

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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.


Robert D. Kaplan

Comments [7]


Sahanni Shah -- are Indonesians really so violent and ignorant as to be "ignited" by relatively peaceful (compared to most) faraway politicians? Let's hope not, for the sake of Indonesia AND the religion and cultures of Isam. And if it is America's primary job is to keep Indonesians from ever getting a WMD. Period. It's NOT ok to divert blame from ignorant Islamic terrorists (or any others that might come along in the future).

Oct. 20 2010 01:50 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Will the monsoon pattern in the Indian Ocean region continue to be reliable & predictable as global climate disruption advances? Maybe that could be a future segment.

Oct. 20 2010 10:46 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

The question is: can the US economy, going forward, generate the income needed to sustain a large military posture in Asia?

Oct. 20 2010 10:46 AM

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Did that guy ever see "V"?

Oct. 20 2010 10:45 AM
Linda Hoaglund

Your speaker blithely says "We're trusted by the Japanese" regarding the 90 U.S. military bases we operate in Japan. Trust me, there are many people on the island of Okinawa, reluctant hosts to 15,000 Marines, who are enraged to be stuck with all those bases on their island. 20% of their little island is taken up by U.S. military bases, including some of their best beaches.

Oct. 20 2010 10:43 AM
Sahanni Shah from Midtown

Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation, and it's people are (still) overwhelmingly moderate and overwhelmingly pro-American. The U.S. needs to avoid making the same old mistakes in Indonesia, otherwise it could be lost to extremists.

Oct. 20 2010 10:43 AM
Dale from Brooklyn

My brother served with the Sea Bees on Diego Garcia back in the Seventies. So we do have some presence out there in the Indian Ocean.

Oct. 20 2010 10:35 AM

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