Monsoon Author Robert D. Kaplan Pdf/E–pub
Healing Souls eAnis the crusade minded Portuguese the Dutch and later the English the Indian Ocean was paramount in thexpansion of global power and will indeed return to pre Seductive Surrender eminenceRobert D Kaplan is by trade a travel writer and security analyst parxcellence and his travel writing Seductive Surrender (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot, expertise isvinced within Monsoon as one is not simply recounted data upon the countries in uestion rather one is transported there in person through Kaplan s beautifully worded prose that fleshes out the various locations of his travelsMonsoon is not only a study of the changing face of geopolitics it is both a beautifully worded travel memoir and historical journey that is both a pleasure to the senses and a treat for the inuisitively minded Eh it was ok Kaplan s views on imperialism feel dated and simplistic Too tired to read a longer reviewFun fact in the audiobook the narrator over pronounces things like uasi uay sai Late in Barack Obama s first term in the White House his administration began to xecute a foreign policy strategy known as the pivot to Asia The new policy was tacitly grounded in the realization that the US wars in Ira and Afghanistan and the long standing primacy of the Atlantic Alliance had distracted the country from the new merging world order No longer could the United States reflexively command respect as the world s sole superpowerThe planet s center of gravity was inexorably moving toward Asia with the mergence of China and secondarily of India as regional powers both of them candidates for future superpower status And that is the reality the geopolitical theorist Robert D Kaplan xplores in his thought provoking 2010 book Monsoon which anticipated Obama s pivot by two yearsSouth Asia holds the key to the planet s futureThe themes that predominate in Monsoon as in much of Kaplan s other work are the profound impact of geography the nduring importance of history and realpolitik It s unsurprising that he would be so popular in the defense stablishment which shares these preoccupations In his view Asia and most particularly South Asia holds the key to the future big power al A Very The Deepest Sin engaging political travelogue about a number of countries around the Indian Ocean Injoyed the historical references juxtaposed with current issues affecting the various regions covered The two biggest power players besides America are India and China while the most modern Islamic country is Indonesia Both Pakistan and Burma are frontier states which along with Bangladesh have been branded as failed states The author predicts a gradual take over of the Indian Ocean by China slowly overtaking America as the main policeman of the sea The change is inevitable and irreversible Will it destabilize the region for the worst or the better China does not seem to have as much hubris as the Americans so I xpect the change to be for the betterThe book is a great read for anyone interested in the politics of the region Most of the political conomy books are very boring 300 pages to prove a point that can be xplained in 5 pages are the standard I remember FZakaria s The Post American World was so boring I had to put it away after 50 pages Hence I took a gamble by picking up Monsoon and it proved to be the black swan 300 pages of ntertaining and informative study of the geo political situation in countries surrouding the Indian oceanThis book is a study that takes the reader on a journey through a thriving region alive with desire for the future
We See Oman Pakistan see Oman Pakistan Bangladesh BIRMA INDONESIA AND ZANZIBAR THROUGH THE EYES OF RK Indonesia and Zanzibar through the yes of RK has visited all countries something not all political commentators do and understand their role in the Big Game for world power in which US and China are creeping ver closer Complemented by historical background those Portuguese were ruthless this book writes a full picture which is not two dimensional but at least 100 dimensional with local historical geopolitical and conomic factors to take into consideration Even though this book is not travel literature RK perfectly shows what intellectual baggage a traveler in the Indian ocean reuires in order to understand his surroundings I love it Every chapter increased my desire to book a ticket to one of those countries and go and xplore myselfI was afraid for a disturbing American focus but this is absolutely not the case US and China are active in this region to secure their oil and gas supply All countries are thus measured by their allegiance to China or US This is understandable because this Game for world power is what keeps geopolitical analysts busy and it is the reason they pick up this book The only thing I don t understand is that in other languages the subtitle is changed from the future of American power to the future of World power Anyway I ll be booking my ticket shortly This in intended to be a slightly useful review than my first pass belowKaplan presents a survey of the Indian Ocean litto. Lanka Bangladesh and Tanzania represents a shift in the global balance that cannot be ignored The Indian Ocean area will be the true nexus of world power and conflict in the coming years It is here that the fight for democracy nergy independence and religious freedom will be lost or won and it is here that American
policy must if America is to remain dominant in an ver changing world From the Horn of Africa to the Indonesian archipelago and beyond Monsoon xplores the multilayered world behind the headlines Kaplan offers riveting insights into the conomic and naval strategies of China and India and how they will affect US interests He provides an on the ground perspective on the volatile countries in the region plagued by weak infrastructures and young populations tempted by xtremism This in one of the most nuclearized areas of the world is a dangerous mixThe map of this fascinating region contains multitudes Here lies the Ral from Oman to Zanzibar moving clockwise about the Sea in conscious imitation of the ancient periplous which were descriptions of the Mediterranean originally as seen from the side of a ship moving clockwise around the Sea from the Straits of Gibraltar and back round again Kaplan focuses on the geographical aspects very much attuned to the relations between geography and history a la Braudel on the historical background of the Indian Ocean littoral from the Arabs the Mughals the Portugese up to modern times and the geopolitical aspects of this profoundly important regionKaplan s contention is that the Indian Ocean is about to replace the North Atlantic as the heart or center of the geopolitical realities of the 21st century The reason for this is the rise of India which is an Indian Ocean ntity in large part and the rise of China whose Snowflakes on the Sea energy needs given that China is literally walled in by the First Island Chain of US Allies Korea Japan Taiwan Phillippines will have to be satisfied by tankers that need to negotiate the Straits of Malacca among other sea lanes Moreover just as the Indian Ocean of the 13th 17th centuries was a circle without a center and without a geopolitical or power center but a broadly diffused series of trading networks that produced of necessity a uniue medieval cosmopolitanism and notably an Islamic medieval cosmopolitanism so Kaplan thinks the Indian Ocean of the coming years is set to play a similar roleHis account of a non arabic Islamxpressed by al Jazeera at its best is uite fascinating and persuasiveThe key of course is that the US play its role of Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy elegant decline and not teeter off into the blood drenched fantasies of the Neoconservatives and their ilk and that China s nationalists of course whom Mark Leonard calls the neocomms are also kept in check Kaplan supported the Bush War in Ira but hasvolved and frankly calls his arlier support a mistake The book also contains an important admixture of travelogue thoroughly integrated with the larger themes as Kaplan describes the actual tour that he took about the Indian Ocean and it is beautifully written almost hauntingly in places In addition to Oman there is much on Pakistan India Bangladesh Burma Indonesia with a final chapter on Zanzibar One of the most interesting chapters is number 15 on Chinese naval policyA thoroughly impressive and important book and a delight to read I can t recommend it highly nough Consider this a six star reviewThis is a stunning book Rich with travel observation geopolitical strategy poetry and vision both from above and from within Kaplan s tour of the Indian Ocean and the revival of the Muslim Hindic trading world mporium of the pre Portugese and Western ntry symbolized by a rising China in the East and an America that one hopes will sanely play its role of Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival elegant decline and by Al Jazeera reading this book is to hear the tectonic plates of history moving in our times Again the high rating is for the scholarship and the presentation not for the views or the conclusions Full review might follow but myssential view on Kaplan s world vision can be found here Robert Kaplan is the anti Thomas Friedman Where Friedman bounces around the globe looking at globalization found here Robert Kaplan is the anti Thomas Friedman Where Friedman bounces around the globe looking at globalization spins visions of future wonder Kaplan ambles down darkforeign policy must
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writers with a strong interest in international affairs of course Kaplanwith a strong interest in international affairs of course Kaplan a far better travel writer than Friedman You really get a feel for the vistas he takes in from his perches His descriptions are wonderful Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, even if they are of tragic places and times The book is loosely organized around the idea that the Indian Ocean is becoming a center of global activity as important as the Atlantic was in the 19th century This allows Kaplan to visit Oman a poor region of Pakistan called Baluchistan Sri Lanka Bengal Indonesia and other regions While some areas look bright Oman forxample others look dangerous and dark Sri LankaOn the international affairs side Kaplan covers the impact of a decline in power of the US vs China in the region and the desire of India to counter balance China in the region On the decline side he notes that Sri Lanka was able to pursue its absolutely brutal destruction of the Tamil Tigers as the Chinese do not attach moral reuirements to their foreign relations He also shows the slow spread of China throughout the region including into Burma Sri Lanka and PakistanThe big news from an international affairs stand point is that navies are back Since the The Fix end of the Cold War navies really haven t had much to do The US Navy dominatedverything and it reoriented towards striking land targets Critical sea lanes lines like the Straits of Malacca make navies matter again and Kaplan argues that the Chinese US Indian naval relationship will be a critical one to watch At its heart this is a travel not a policy book but it will certainly ncourage xplorin. Ntire arc of Islam from the Sahara Desert to the Indonesian archipelago and it is here that the political future of Islam will most likely be determined Here is where the five hundred year reign of Western power is slowly being replaced by the influence of indigenous nations specially India and China and where a tense dialogue is taking place between Islam and the United States With Kaplan’s incisive mix of policy analysis travel reportage sharp historical perspective and fluid writing Monsoon offers a thought provoking xploration of the Indian Ocean as a strategic and demographic hub and an in depth look at the issues that are most pressing for American interests both at home and abroad Exposing the Desire in Seven Voices effects ofxplosive population growth climate change and xtremist politics on this unstable region and how they will affect our own interests Monsoon is a brilliant important work about an area of the world Americans can no longer afford to ignor.