The divisions of Cold War area studies are collapsing: rather than the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Central Asia, and so on, we will have an organic continuum of competition, trade, and conflict encompassed by the Greater Indian Ocean world. China and India compete for rights to natural gas fields in Iran and Burma, even as energy pipelines crisscross Eurasia, with China as a prime destination. As European defense budgets decline, the countries of South and East Asia are building great navies and air forces. China, Vietnam, and other countries compete for control of the energy rich South China Sea, even as Middle Eastern countries face severe crises of central authority. Join one of America’s most prominent strategists as he discusses the new center of geopolitics.
DATE: Dec 15, 2011 (Thursday)
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Robert D. Kaplan is a senior fellow at the Center for New America Security and a foreign correspondent for The Atlantic; he is the author of 13 books on foreign affairs, most recently Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and The Future of American Power.