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A bit more on Stephen Walt’s views of Robert Kaplan as an important “realist” voice: There are a lot of different definitions of “realist,” and I suppose that Robert Kaplan ticks off some of the major points; he’s primarily interested in “power politics” broadly defined, and he’s skeptical of liberal internationalism.  As Justin Logan suggests, […]

Balancing and Bandwagoning

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On September 23, 2010
Robert Kaplan says all manner of silly things, but because he says them in important places, we’re supposed to listen: He or she who sits in Delhi with his back to Muslim Central Asia must still worry about unrest up on the plateaus to the northwest. The United States will draw down its troops one […]

Client States

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On June 4, 2010
Back in the day, a fair amount of the policy oriented literature on international security focused on the question of relationships between patron and client states.  The reasons for this were obvious; the Soviet Union and the United States were in competition for the allegiancefriendship of a variety of states in the first, second, and […]
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