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The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate Summary
Robert D. Kaplan

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The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate Summary

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Robert Kaplan, a prominent neoconservative foreign policy intellectual, wrote The Revenge of Geography in order to draw the focus of the American foreign policy community back towards the recognition of the relationship between geography and politics, a focus that has remained unpopular since the early part of the 20th century. Kaplan in particular seeks to revive a variety of geographical intellectuals who he believes offered a number of critical insights about the interplay between geography and political, military and economic power across the world.

The basic idea is to argue that geographical factors play a major role in determining long-term political outcomes without buying wholesale into geographical determinism, which holds that long-term political outcomes are determined by geographical factors alone. Kaplan focuses in particular on the center of "Eurasia" in the Middle East, the Balkans and Eastern Europe, as holding the most potential for global political power. The...

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