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BookTalk: The Return of Marco Polo’s World

03/12/2018 - 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Return of Marco Polo's World


FPRI is excited to present Robert Kaplan and his newest collection of essays, The Return of Marco Polo’s World, described by General David Petraeus as “a truly pathbreaking, brilliant synthesis and analysis of geographic, political, technological, and economic trends with far-reaching consequences.” Kaplan is the best-selling author of eighteen books on foreign affairs and travel, including In Europe’s Shadow; Asia’s Cauldron; The Revenge of Geography; and Balkan Ghosts. For three decades he reported on foreign affairs for The Atlantic. He was previously chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, and a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Advisory Board. In 2009, he received FPRI’s Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service.


Robert Kaplan, a prolific and influential writer for The Atlantic Monthly, joined the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) as a Senior Fellow in March 2008, after serving as the Class of 1960 Distinguished Visiting Professor in National Security at the United States Naval Academy. He is the best-selling author of twelve books on international affairs and travel including: Hog Pilots: Blue Water Grunts: The American Military in the Air, at Sea, and on the Ground (2007);  Imperial Grunts (2005),  and Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus (2000). Besides The Atlantic Monthly, Kaplan’s essays have appeared on the editorial pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. He has been a consultant to the U.S. Army’s Special Forces Regiment, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Marines. 

Books will be for sale following the event, or are available on Amazon.



  • Free and open to the public. 
  • Lunch immediately following exclusively for FPRI Partners at the $2,500 level and above.
  • Reservations are required. Click here to register for this event.
  • For more information, contact Rachel Hemler at [email protected] or at 215-732-3774 ext. 112.

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