Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—Robert D. Kaplan, described by The New York Times as “a scholarly and adventurous journalist who roams the less-traveled regions of the globe and writes about them knowledgeably and with sophistication,” will talk about “The World in 2010: Security Challenges for a New Age” on Monday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Merrill Lecture Hall 1 at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Amherst Political Science Department, Kaplan’s talk will be free and open to the public.
Kaplan, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, has written extensively on international affairs. Now a correspondent for The Atlantic, Kaplan has reported on assignment for the magazine from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the United States. His books include Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus (2000), The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War (2000), An Empire Wilderness: Travels Into America’s Future (1998), The Ends of the Earth (1995), The Arabists: The Romance of an American Elite (1993), Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History (1993) and Soldiers of God: with the Mujahidin in Afghanistan (1990). His work has been translated into more than 15 languages.
His forthcoming book, Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Demands a Pagan Ethos, about ancient philosophy’s potential to improve critical thinking in business, the military and foreign policy, will be published early next year.
Kaplan is also a provocative essayist. His Atlantic articles “The Coming Anarchy” and “Was Democracy Just A Moment?” were hotly debated in foreign-language translations worldwide. Kaplan’s essays have also appeared in Forbes and the editorial pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. He has been a Fellow of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and a consultant to the U.S. Army’s Special Forces Regiment and the U. S. Marines. Kaplan lectures at military war colleges, the CIA, the FBI, universities and business forums, and delivered the Secretary of State’s Open Forum Lecture at the U. S. State Department in 1995.