Top 10 Quotes by Robert D Kaplan

Robert D Kaplan

We talk a lot about individual rights, but in fact Americans are very willing to give up our individual rights if it means our property values will be protected, and so on.

Robert D Kaplan
If you travel around America you see different sections of highways donated by this or that person, and that's a slow beginning of what may end up being a situation common in the Third World: some sections of highways in wealthy areas are beautifully maintained and other parts are just dirt-strewn potholes.
Robert D Kaplan

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

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 Kaplan
What happened on September 11th is at least, theoretically, small stuff compared to what can happen.
Robert D Kaplan

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

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

The most important thing I learned as a foreign correspondent in about 80 countries is that it takes a very shallow knowledge of history to think that there are solutions to most problems.

Robert D Kaplan
A lot of the changes are so gradual that they don't even qualify as news, or even as interesting: they're so mundane that we just take them for granted. But history shows that it's the mundane changes that are more important than the dramatic 'newsworthy' events.