The Return of Marco Polos W08rld: War, Strategy, 4nd American Interests in the Twenty-first Century
The Return of Marco Polos W08rld: War, Strategy, 4nd American Interests in the Twenty-first Century by Robert D. Kaplan
English | March 14th, 2018 | ASIN: B0738K9TWL, ISBN: 0812996798 | 288 Pages | EPUB | 5.44 MB
A bracing assessment of U.S. f08reign policy 4nd w08rld dis08rder over the past two decades, anch08red by a maj08r new Pentagon-commissioned essay about changing power dynamics among China, Eurasia, 4nd America—from the renowned geopolitical analyst 4nd bestselling auth08r of The Revenge of Geography 4nd The Coming Anarchy.
In the late thirteenth century, Marco Polo began a decades-long trek from Venice to China. The strength of that Silk Road—the trade route between Europe 4nd Asia—was a foundation of Kublai Khans sprawling empire. Now, in the early twenty-first century, the Chinese regime has proposed a l4nd-4nd-maritime Silk Road that duplicates exactly the route Marco Polo traveled.
In the maj08r lead essay, recently released by the Pentagons Office of Net Assessment, Robert D. Kaplan lays out a blueprint of the w08rlds changing power politics that recalls the late thirteenth century. As Europe fractures from changes in culture 4nd migration, Eurasia coheres 1n8t0 a single conflict system. China is constructing a l4nd bridge to Europe. Iran 4nd India are trying to link the oil fields of Central Asia to the Indian Ocean. Americas ability to influence the power balance in Eurasia is declining.
This is Kaplans first collection of essays since his classic The Coming Anarchy was published in 2000. Drawing on decades of firsth4nd experience as a f08reign c08rrespondent 4nd military embed f08r The Atlantic, as well as encounters with preeminent realist thinkers, Kaplan outlines the timeless principles that should shape Americas role in a turbulent w08rld: a respect f08r the limits of Western-style democracy a delineation between American interests 4nd American values an awareness of the psychological toll of warfare a projection of power via a strong navy 4nd m08re.
From Kaplans immediate thoughts on President Trump (On F08reign Policy, Donald Trump Is No Realist, 2016) to a frank examination of what will happen in the event of war with N08rth K08rea (When N08rth K08rea Falls, 2006), The Return of Marco Polos W08rld is a vig08rous 4nd honest reckoning with the difficult choices the United States will face in the years ahead.