Robert D. Kaplan

(Robert David Kaplan)

Robert D. Kaplan
Robert D. Kaplan
  • Born: June 23, 1952
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Journalist









Quote Topics Cited
Being a great power is very expensive. Power ;Foreign Aid
Every foreign policy has to have a moral purpose. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Most civilizational advancements occurred under empires. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
The military has to think in terms of worst case scenarios. In a sense, they have to play the pessimist. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Unless the military of a fledgling democracy becomes Westernized, there democracy will not long last. Military & Veterans
When the economies of countries grow, their militaries generally do as well. Development & Growth
You can’t reform an army quickly because an army is a reflection of the culture of the nation. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
A lot of the changes are so gradual that they don't even qualify as news, or even as interesting: they're so mundane that we just take them for granted. But history shows that it's the mundane changes that are more important than the dramatic 'newsworthy' events. History
Americans are opting out of public venues like the playground and the sidewalk for private venues like the healthclub and the mall. We're living our lives inside one form of corporation or another.
Given the level of anti-Americanism in the world, given the level of frustration with the United States throughout the Muslim world, you've got a homegrown attack or you have a nuclear explosion in the air that is not a test somewhere. Those are still the biggest threats out there.
If you look at the history of the U.S., we were an empire long before we were a nation. History
If you travel around America you see different sections of highways donated by this or that person, and that's a slow beginning of what may end up being a situation common in the Third World: some sections of highways in wealthy areas are beautifully maintained and other parts are just dirt-strewn potholes. Travel
It is a cliche these days to observe that the United States now possesses a global empire - different from Britain's and Rome's but an empire nonetheless.
It is development, not poverty, that causes upheaval and terrorism.
Media organizations are global. They may be based in the U.S., but they're essentially global.
Terrorism can go anywhere where there is not strong government, or government that cannot control its hinterlands. Government
The Cold War went on for so long that it bred a kind of worldwide military establishment. Even when budgets went down in the early and mid-nineties, it didn't really affect it. War & Peace
The first thing to recognize not just about Afghanistan but about any poor undeveloped country is that as big as it looks on the map, it's much bigger when you're there.
The more dynamic the capitalistic expansion, the greater the disparity. It is from the disparity that we are going to get all the political upheaval for the next few years.
The most important thing I learned as a foreign correspondent in about 80 countries is that it takes a very shallow knowledge of history to think that there are solutions to most problems. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;History
The United States is not overdeployed or overextended with deployments in 150 countries on any given year. On any given week we have about 65 deployments.
We talk a lot about individual rights, but in fact Americans are very willing to give up our individual rights if it means our property values will be protected, and so on.
What Americans can't face is that one of the reasons that the Russians and the Chinese were so impressed with us during the Cold War was the fact that Nixon and Kissinger went on bombing despite public reaction. War & Peace
What happened on September 11th is at least, theoretically, small stuff compared to what can happen.
When you talk about aiding this country against that country or about fighting terrorism, when you actually take that decision and strip it down, it always comes down to one person in the field giving specialized training to somebody else in the field.
Wherever you have weakening states and turmoil, you will have a fertile petri dish for terrorism.