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NEWPORT, R.I. – Robert Kaplan, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a national correspondent for “The Atlantic,” will present “The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power” at the Naval War College’s Evening Lecture Series on Monday, November 8 at Spruance Auditorium from 6:30 to 8 p.m. He will discuss his view on how crucial the dynamic area of the Indian Ocean has become to American power in the twenty-first century.
 
Kaplan believes the rise of countries in the region, including India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Burma, Oman, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Tanzania, and others represent a shift in the global balance that cannot be ignored. He argues that the Indian Ocean area will be the true nexus of world power and conflict in the coming years. According to Kaplan, it is here that the fight for democracy, energy independence, and religious freedom will likely be won or lost, and it is here that American foreign policy must focus if America is to remain influential in an ever-changing world.
 
During this international lecture, Kaplan will conduct a thought-provoking discussion of the Indian Ocean as a strategic and demographic hub, and will provide an in-depth look at the issues that are most pressing for American interests both at home and abroad. He will also discuss the effects that explosive population growth, climate change, and extremist politics may play on this challenge-filled region.
 
To attend this lecture, call 401-841-1068 or email eveninglecture@usnwc.edu and provide your name, telephone number, and the names of guests who will accompany you to the lecture. The deadline for reservations is Friday, November 5.

The international lecture is sponsored by the Naval War College Foundation in memory of Edgar W.B. Fairchild, a former Foundation Trustee, through the generosity of Mr. Fairchild’s estate.
 
By David Reese, Naval War College Public Affairs