Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 384 p.
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On the world maps common in America, the Indian Ocean all but
disappears. The Western Hemisphere lies front and center, while the
Indian Ocean region is relegated to the edges, split up along the
maps' outer reaches. This convention reveals the geopolitical focus
of the now-departed twentieth century, for it was in the Atlantic
and Pacific theaters that the great wars of that era were lost and
won. Thus, many Americans are barely aware of the Indian Ocean at
But in the twenty-first century this will fundamentally change. In
Monsoon, a pivotal examination of the Indian Ocean region and the
countries known as "Monsoon Asia," bestselling author Robert D.
Kaplan deftly shows how crucial this dynamic area has become to
American power in the twenty-first century. Like the monsoon
itself, a cyclical weather system that is both destructive and
essential for growth and prosperity, the rise of these countries
(including India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Burma, Oman, Sri
Lanka, Bangladesh, and Tanzania) represents a shift in the global
balance that cannot be ignored. The Indian Ocean area will be the
true nexus of world power and conflict in the coming years. It is
here that the fight for democracy, energy independence, and
religious freedom will be lost or won, and it is here that American
foreign policy must concentrate if America is to remain dominant in
an ever-changing world.
From the Horn of Africa to the Indonesian archipelago and beyond,
Monsoon explores the multilayered world behind the headlines.
Kaplan offers riveting insights into the economic and naval
strategies of China and India and how they will affect U.S.
interests. He provides an on-the-ground perspective on the more
volatile countries in the region, plagued by weak infrastructures
and young populations tempted by extremism. This, in one of the
most nuclearized areas of the world, is a dangerous mix.
The map of this fascinating region contains multitudes: Here lies
the entire arc of Islam, from the Sahara Desert to the Indonesian
archipelago, and it is here that the political future of Islam will
most likely be determined. Here is where the five-hundred-year
reign of Western power is slowly being replaced by the influence of
indigenous nations, especially India and China, and where a tense
dialogue is taking place between Islam and the United States.
With Kaplan's incisive mix of policy analysis, travel reportage,
sharp historical perspective, and fluid writing, Monsoon offers a
thought-provoking exploration of the Indian Ocean as a strategic
and demographic hub and an in-depth look at the issues that are
most pressing for American interests both at home and abroad.
Exposing the effects of explosive population growth, climate
change, and extremist politics on this unstable region-and how they
will affect our own interests-Monsoon is a brilliant, important
work about an area of the world Americans can no longer afford to