Robert D. Kaplan on why America can recover from failures like Afghanistan and Iraq | Curio

Robert D. Kaplan on why America can recover from failures like Afghanistan and Iraq

9 mins | Sep 10, 2021

Favourable geography gives the US advantages over its rivals. Twenty years after the events of 9/11 led to the war in Afghanistan, the Taliban have resumed control. The symbolism of this has far-reaching consequences in a world order facing challenges as diverse as COVID-19 and climate change to the rise of China. In this 'By Invitation' series from The Economist, offering predictions and prescriptions, global thinkers debate the question: what is the future of American power? Here, we listen to Robert D. Kaplan's take. The author of “The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony, the US Government’s Greatest Humanitarian” contemplates America's freedom to make calamitous mistakes. Listen to the opinions of Henry Kissinger and Niall Ferguson by finding the playlist "Leading thinkers on 9/11" on Curio.

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