Top 10 Quotes by Robert D Kaplan

Robert D Kaplan

It is easy to be a moral perfectionist when one is politically unaccountable.

Robert D Kaplan
Wherever you have weakening states and turmoil, you will have a fertile petri dish for terrorism.
Robert D Kaplan

It is a cliche these days to observe that the United States now possesses a global empire - different from Britain's and Rome's but an empire nonetheless.

Robert D Kaplan
It is development, not poverty, that causes upheaval and terrorism. Robert D. Kapla
Robert D Kaplan

While the foreign policy elite in Washington focuses on the 8,000 deaths in a conflict in Syria – half a world away from the United States – more than 47,000 people have died in drug-related violence since 2006 in Mexico. A deeply troubled state as well as a demographic and economic giant on the United States’ southern border, Mexico will affect America’s destiny in coming decades more than any state or combination of states in the Middle East.

Robert D Kaplan
Bismarck's genius, as well as his great flaw, was the same as that of another outstanding nineteenth-century politician of the German-speaking world, Prince Clemens Metternich. Both men were artificers, able to hold off the future by building a fragile present out of pieces of the past.
Robert D Kaplan

It is development, not poverty, that causes upheaval and terrorism. Robert D. Ka

Robert D Kaplan
When you talk about aiding this country against that country or about fighting terrorism, when you actually take that decision and strip it down, it always comes down to one person in the field giving specialized training to somebody else in the field.
Robert D Kaplan

If you look at the history of the U.S., we were an empire long before we were a nation.

Robert D Kaplan
What does the earth look like in the places where people commit atrocities? Is there a bad smell, a genius loci, something about the landscape that might incriminate?