I just came across the latest piece by Robert D. Kaplan and thought it worth sharing. Its central theme is one of those that I focused on in my essay about his work; that being the error that many westerners make in placing too much emphasis on democracy and too little on good governance and strong institutions for less developed countries.
He also criticizes President Biden for characterizing the dawning long-term struggle between the U.S. and its allies on the one hand, and China, Russia and its allies on the other, as an existential conflict between democracies and autocracies:
“Given these realities, leading a worldwide coalition against the two great Eurasian revanchist powers — Russia, which seeks to annex Ukraine, and China, which seeks to annex Taiwan — requires the sort of pragmatic vision that Secretary of State James Baker employed when organizing 35 nations, including autocracies, to stand against Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Baker’s strategy was not to change the world, but to undo a particular territorial conquest. The Biden administration’s strategy toward Russia and China should be likewise: oriented not to fight autocracy the world over, but to stop the armed aggression of two military powers.“
Click on the below link to read the entire piece:
(I have to say that wouldn’t have been my choice for a headline.)
Note: The article sheds light on why I chose the above photo for this post.