Foreign Relations Briefing

For a stunning wake-up call and briefing on foreign affairs, see Robert D. Kaplan’s article: “Old World Order – How geopolitics fuels endless chaos and old-school conflicts in the 21st Century” in TIME magazine, March 31, 2014.

“Mr. Kaplan is chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor, a private global intelligence firm. He is the author of 15 books on foreign affairs, most recently Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific.”
A few samples:

“Whereas the West has come to think about international relations in terms of laws and multinational agreements, most of the rest of the world still thinks in terms of deserts, mountain ranges, all-weather ports and tracts of land and water.”

“…the home (Sevastopol, in the Crimean Peninsula) of Russia’s warm water fleet could never be allowed to fall under the sway of a pro-Western government in Kiev.”

“Damascus is not the capital of Syria but only that of Syria’s most powerful warlord, Bashar Assad.”

“China/India – Because of the Himalayas, India and China have developed quite separately. But the collapse of distance has put them increasingly at odds.”

“South China Sea – China claims most of the sea with its ‘cow’s tongue,’ as the area is called. Vietnam and other nations have claims that overlap.”

“While our foreign policy must be morally based, the analysis behind it must be cold-blooded, with geography as it starting point. In geopolitics, the past never dies and there is no modern world.”


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