Earning the Rockies: A Book Conversation with Robert D. Kaplan
- Derek Chollet, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
- Robert D. Kaplan, Author; Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security; and Senior Advisor, Eurasia Group
- Jacob Heilbrunn, Editor, The National Interest
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As a part of the Future of American Power series, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) invites you to a conversation with Robert Kaplan on his newly published book Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America’s Role in the World (2017). In the book, Kaplan examines the impact of American geography and history on foreign policy and the future challenges the United States may face. The discussion will be moderated by National Interest Editor Jacob Heilbrunn.
GMF’s Future of American Power series discusses new books focusing on U.S. power in the world. In line with its mission to strengthen transatlantic relations, these conversations specifically focus on the implications of U.S. foreign policy for its European partners, as well as other key regions for the transatlantic relationship.
Robert Kaplan is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington D.C. and senior advisor at Eurasia Group. In 2009, he was appointed to the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board, which advised former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on key issues. Kaplan served on the board through 2011. From 2006-08, he was the Class of 1960 Distinguished Visiting Professor in National Security at the U.S. Naval Academy. Kaplan is the best-selling author of 17 books on international affairs and travel, which have been translated into many languages. Previous works include In Europe’s Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond (2016), Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific (2014), The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us about Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate (2012), and Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power (2010).
Jacob Heilbrunn is editor of The National Interest and author of They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons (2008). He is the former senior editor at The New Republic and former editorial writer at The Los Angeles Times. Heilbrunn has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Reuters, and The Washington Monthly. He was an Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Berlin and a Japan Society Fellow in Tokyo. In 2007, Heilbrunn won the George F. Kennan Award for commentary on German-American Relations. He is a graduate of Oberlin College.