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Robert D. Kaplan

Robert D. Kaplan

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Robert D. Kaplan is Chair in Geopolitics at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the author, most recently, of the forthcoming The Tragic Mind: Fear, Fate, and the Burden of Power (Yale University Press, 2023).

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  1. Russia, Iran, and the Perils of Post-Autocracy
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    Russia, Iran, and the Perils of Post-Autocracy

    Sep 26, 2022 Robert D. Kaplan warns that the collapse of a despotic regime more often leads to a political void than to a healthy democracy.

  2. America Must Rediscover Human-Rights Realism
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    America Must Rediscover Human-Rights Realism

    May 26, 2021 Robert D. Kaplan calls for a return to the principled pragmatism that characterized US foreign policy during the Cold War.

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    The Conspiracy Congress

    Kent Harrington explains how House Republicans’ bogus investigations will undermine US democracy and national security.
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    Dollar Relief in 2023

    Gene Frieda explains why declining inflation will bring the world's primary reserve back down to earth this year.
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    Could These Two Trends Save Britain?

    Jim O'Neill sees a pair of economic developments that could deliver a welcome surprise – if policymakers pay attention.
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    The Fed’s Climate Complacency

    Mark Cliffe warns that the US central bank’s approach to climate risk falls woefully short of what is needed.
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    Europe at Debt’s Door

    Hans-Werner Sinn warns that the European Commission's borrowing plans endanger the EU's stability and the single currency.
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    Stealing Russia

    Anders Åslund shows how the war is redistributing massive wealth and resources to President Vladimir Putin and his cronies.
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    Sergei Guriev on Putin, populism, Chinese repression, and more

    Sergei Guriev assesses the strength of the Russian president’s grip on power, predicts that Xi Jinping’s embrace of personalist rule will lead to policy missteps, urges the West to pursue a strategy of “adversarial engagement” toward modern dictators, and more.
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    Tipping the Scales in Myanmar’s Civil War

    Thitinan Pongsudhirak argues that, like Ukraine’s defenders, the country’s armed opposition deserves international support.
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    Educating the World’s Children of Conflict

    Jan Egeland highlights three key principles for ensuring the safety and well-being of traumatized boys and girls.

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