ROBERT D. KAPLAN is Chief Geopolitical Analyst for Stratfor, a private global intelligence firm. He is the author of 14 books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, most recently The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us about Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate. He has been a foreign correspondent for The Atlantic for over a quarter-century. In 2011, Foreign Policy magazine named Kaplan among the world's "100 Top Global Thinkers." New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman calls Kaplan among the four “most widely read” authors defining the post-Cold War.
Since 2008, he has been a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington, D.C. From 2009 to 2011, he served under Secretary of Defense Robert Gates as a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Class of 1960 Distinguished Visiting Professor in National Security at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis.
About this presentation:
We all need to recover a sensibility about time and space that has been lost in the jet and information ages, when elite molders of public opinion dash across oceans and continents in hours, something which allows them to talk glibly about the global forces of integration. It is necessary to slow down the pace of travel and observation in order to recover a sense of what divides us. Power politics still reigns. Kaplan will take the audience on a tour of the world's conflict zones according to geography - still the principal determinant of human affairs.