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Indian Ocean and the Shifting Center of Global Power

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Robert D. Kaplan discusses the shifting center of global power and his new book, *Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power.* In *Monsoon*, an examination of the Indian Ocean region and the countries known as "Monsoon Asia," Robert D. Kaplan shows how crucial this dynamic area has become to American power in the 21st century. Like the monsoon itself, a cyclical weather system that is both destructive and essential for growth and prosperity, the rise of these countries (including India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Burma, Oman, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Tanzania) represents a shift in the global balance that cannot be ignored. *Monsoon* explores the multilayered world behind the headlines. Kaplan offers insights into the economic and naval strategies of China and India and how they will affect U.S. interests. He provides an on-the-ground perspective on the more volatile countries in the region, plagued by weak infrastructures and young populations tempted by extremism. This, in one of the most nuclearized areas of the world, is a dangerous mix.

Robert D. Kaplan is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is the best-selling author of 12 books on international affairs and travel, translated into many languages. Kaplan is a provocative essayist who has more than three-decades' worth of traveling and reporting experience. He was the first American writer to warn in print about a future war in the Balkans. In addition to Kaplan's written work, he has been a consultant to the U.S. Army's Special Forces Regiment, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Marines. Kaplan's writings have also been featured in *The Washington Post*, *The New York Times*, *The New Republic*, *The National Interest*, and *The Wall Street Journal*, among other newspapers and publications. His more controversial essays about the nature of U.S. power have spurred debate in academia, the media, and the highest levels of government. Kaplan's publication *Balkan Ghosts* was chosen by *The New York Times Book Review* as one of the "best books" of 1993. *The Arabists*, *The Ends of the Earth*, *An Empire Wilderness*, *Eastward to Tartary*, and *Warrior Politics* were all chosen by *The New York Times* as "notable" books of the year. He has also lectured at the FBI, the National Security Agency, the Pentagon's Joint Staff, major universities, the CIA, and business forums.