It is time to understand the environment for what it is: the national security issue of the early twenty-first century.

-Robert D Kaplan
Robert D Kaplan

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

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?
Robert D Kaplan

Americans are opting out of public venues like the playground and the sidewalk for private venues like the healthclub and the mall. We're living our lives inside one form of corporation or another.

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

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

Robert D Kaplan
The masses cannot ultimately be free: only the individual can be.
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 time to understand the environment for what it is: the national security issue of the early twenty-first century.
Robert D Kaplan

The first thing to recognize not just about Afghanistan but about any poor undeveloped country is that as big as it looks on the map, it's much bigger when you're there.

Robert D Kaplan
Given the level of anti-Americanism in the world, given the level of frustration with the United States throughout the Muslim world, you've got a homegrown attack or you have a nuclear explosion in the air that is not a test somewhere. Those are still the biggest threats out there.