FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power book signing Nov. 9th!

This looks like an awesome event for Africa, and Asia-Pacific-anados!  I only wish I wasn't going to be out of town that evening!

The Indian Ocean and the
Future of American Power

With CNAS Senior Fellow Robert Kaplan
Moderated by NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten

November 9, 2010 from 6:00-7:15 pm
Book signing cocktail reception will follow;
Monsoon will be sold on site.
RSVP here <http://e2ma.net/go/8735853618/3178252/99662091/21342/b64/aHR0cHM6Ly9jbmFzLnd1Zm9vLmNvbS9mb3Jtcy93N3M2czU=> .

America's preoccupation with the Middle East suits China perfectly. We are paying in blood and treasure to stabilize Afghanistan while China is building transport and pipeline networks throughout Central Asia that will ultimately reach Kabul and the trillion dollars' worth of minerals lying underground. Whereas Americans ask how can we escape Afghanistan, the Chinese, who are already prospecting for copper there, ask: 'How can we stay'? Our military mission in Afghanistan diverts us from properly reacting to the Chinese naval challenge in East Asia. - Robert D. Kaplan, The Washington Post, September 26, 2010

Like the monsoon itself, a cyclical weather system that can be both destructive and essential for growth and prosperity, the rise of countries like China, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Sri Lanka represent a shift in global balance that cannot be ignored. From Pakistan’s uncertain future, the growth of Chinese military power, African states teetering on the edge of failure, violent Islamic extremism and piracy, this region will be the true nexus of power and conflict in the coming years. In MONSOON, a Random House Hardcover, Kaplan shows how crucial the Indian Ocean area has become to American power in the 21st century. He argues it is in that region – volatile, nuclearized, and plagued by weak infrastructure and young populations tempted by extremism – that the fight for democracy, energy independence, and religious freedom will be lost or won, and where the United States must focus in order to remain relevant in this ever-changing world.
On November 9, 2010, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) will hold the first Washington, D.C. book launch for MONSOON  featuring best-selling author Robert Kaplan and NPR’s award-winning correspondent Tom Gjelten. Please join us for an engaging conversation on one of the most thought-provoking books of 2010.

Books will be sold at the CNAS event by Hooks Book Events.

Date and Time:
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
5:00-6:00pm: Camera pre-set
5:30-6:00pm: Guest check-in and registration
6:00-7:15pm: Event
7:15-8:30pm: Book signing cocktail reception
Willard Intercontinental Hotel’s Crystal Room
1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

RSVP online here <http://e2ma.net/go/8735853618/3178252/99662094/21342/b64/aHR0cHM6Ly9jbmFzLnd1Zm9vLmNvbS9mb3Jtcy93N3M2czU=> .
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