Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power
Robert D. Kaplan. New York: Random House, 2010. 384 pp. Maps. Illus. Index. $28.
Reviewed by Lieutenant Commander Claude G. Berube, U.S. Navy Reserve
This review is being written just as U.S. forces have retaken a ship from pirates in the Indian Ocean—news that is reported in detail in a first-hand account on the Naval Institute’s blog. Unfortunately, there is a paucity of news stories from that region of the world that originate or are disseminated by U.S. media. While the world’s third-largest ocean lies on the far side of the world (from, of course, a U.S.-centric perspective), it may well be the most important region in the coming decades as current and emerging powers competing for resources and nations along its rim face domestic and potentially destabilizing challenges. In the absence of extensive coverage comes a timely new book by Robert Kaplan, Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power, which suggests that this region will require far more attention from the United States.