The Return of the Indian Ocean Region


The Asian century has begun, but not in the way we think, according to Robert Kaplan.

“I don’t mean it in only economic terms, which is something we all know about. The Pacific Rim tigers have been the stuff of magazine cover stories since the early 1980s,” said Kaplan, an Atlantic national correspondent and author of Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power. “I mean it in military terms as well.”

The U.S. he continued, has been bogged down in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and European military budgets …