MONSOON: THE INDIAN OCEAN AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN POWER
Robert D. Kaplan
(New York: Random House, 2010), 384 pages.
Though much of 20th century world politics was dominated by Europe, a new era in the geopolitical landscape is upon us. In Monsoon, distinguished journalist Robert D. Kaplan vividly illustrates this new world, which he centers not in Europe or the Americas but in the Indian Ocean.
United by predictable monsoon winds, the lands of the Indian Ocean have for centuries been ones of economic might. It is only in recent times that they have fallen from global prominence. However, according to Kaplan, the winds are again shifting in their favor. The emerging economies of India and China are shifting the global axis of commerce and transforming the Greater Indian Ocean--Kaplan's term for the expansive body of water stretching from Bab el Mandab to the South China Sea--into the new political and economic epicenter where the clashing interests of China, India and the United States will be played out. It is here that the fight for energy, security and political and...