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Robert D. Kaplan

Datum narození: 23. červen 1952

Robert D. Kaplan je americký novinář.


„Od moře odříznuté mocnosti se neustále nacházejí ve stavu ohrožení. Bez moře, které by je ochraňovalo, není jejich touha po bezpečí nikdy uspokojená a ony se musejí neustále rozšiřovat, pokud nechtějí být naopak samy dobyty.“

„As Napoleon said, to know a nation's geography is to know its foreign policy“ The Revenge Of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate


„You don’t grow up gradually. You grow up in short bursts at pivotal moments, by suddenly realizing how ignorant and immature you are.“ In Europe's Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond

„There are riches enough for all of us, no matter our abilities or circumstances. It is only the inspiration that requires summoning.“ Mediterranean Winter: The Pleasures of History and Landscape in Tunisia, Sicily, Dalmatia and the Peloponnese

„The debacle in Iraq has reinforced the realist dictum, disparaged by idealists in the 1990s, that the legacies of geography, history and culture really do set limits on what can be accomplished in any given place. But the experience in the Balkans reinforced an idealist dictum that is equally true: One should always work near the limits of what is possible rather than cynically give up on any place. In this decade idealists went too far; in the previous one, it was realists who did not go far enough.“

„Romania was an original mix: a population that looked Italian but wore the expressions of Russian peasants; an architectural backdrop that often evoked France and Central Europe; and service and physical conditions that resembled those in Africa.“ Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History

„Europe is a landscape; East Asia a seascape. Therein lies a crucial difference between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.“ Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific

„Mass education, because it produces hosts of badly educated people liberated from fatalism, will contribute to instability (p. 123).“ The Revenge Of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate


„As Morgenthau points out, small- and medium-sized states like Israel, Great Britain, France, and Iran cannot absorb the same level of punishment as continental-sized states such as the United States, Russia, and China, so that they lack the requisite credibility in their nuclear threats.“ The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

„And so this is where the post Cold War has brought us: to the recognition that the very totalitarism that we fought against in the decades following WWII might, in quite a few circumstances, be preferable to a situation where nobody is in charge. There are things worse than communism, it turned out, and in Iraq we brought them about ourselves.“ The Revenge Of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

„Ivan showed that in his time and place the only antidote to chaos was absolutism.“ The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

„In foreign policy, a modest acceptance of fate will often lead to discipline rather than indifference. The realization that we cannot always have our way is the basis of a mature outlook that rests on an ancient sensibility, for tragedy is not the triumph of evil over good so much as triumph of one good over another that causes suffering. Awareness of that fact leads to a sturdy morality grounded in fear as well as in hope. The moral benefits of fear bring us to two English philosophers who, like Machiavelli, have for centuries disturbed people of goodwill: Hobbes and Malthus.“ Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Requires a Pagan Ethos


„Books that have been owned by someone for many years for a specific purpose carry not just memories, (that is obvious), they also reveal their owner's true values; for the books we own may indicate something about us very different from what we think.“ In Europe's Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond

„democracy that cannot control its own population may be worse for human rights than a dictatorship that can.“ Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power

„The train passed through a series of tunnels. Because the overhead light fixtures had no bulbs in them, some people lit candles inside the tunnels, which dramatically illuminated their black, liquid eyes. There was a solemn, almost devotional cynicism to these eyes, reflecting, as though by a genetic process, all of the horrors witnessed by generation upon generation of forebears.“ Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History

„The South China Sea functions as the throat of the Western Pacific and Indian oceans—the mass of connective economic tissue where global sea routes coalesce. Here is the heart of Eurasia’s navigable rimland, punctuated by the Malacca, Sunda, Lombok, and Makassar straits. More than half of the world’s annual merchant fleet tonnage passes through these choke points, and a third of all maritime traffic worldwide.2“ Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific

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