The 1st Draft is a new podcast from the Foreign Policy Research Institute in which Robert D. Kaplan and Dominic Green examine ideas emanating from world affairs. New episodes released monthly.  

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About the Hosts

 Dominic Green is a Senior Fellow in FPRI’s Center for the Study of America and the West. A historian, columnist and critic, he is the author of The Double Life of Dr. Lopez: Spies, Shakespeare and the Plot to Poison Elizabeth I (Random House, 2003), Three Empires on the Nile: The Victorian Jihad, 1869-1899 (Free Press, 2007), and The Religious Revolution: The Birth of Modern Spirituality, 1848-1898 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022). Green is a regular contributor of op-eds and reviews to The Wall Street Journal, and a weekly columnist and essayist for The Washington Examiner and The Jewish Chronicle. He also writes regularly for The Daily Telegraph, The New Criterion, and The New York Post. He was previously editor-in-chief of The Spectator’s US edition.


Robert D. Kaplan is the Robert Strausz-Hupé Chair in Geopolitics at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is the bestselling author of twenty-one books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including The Good American, The Revenge of Geography, Asia’s CauldronMonsoon, The Coming Anarchy, and Balkan Ghosts. For three decades he reported on foreign affairs for The Atlantic. He was a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board and the U. S. Navy’s Executive Panel. Foreign Policy magazine twice named him one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.”



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