Robert D. Kaplan: EU is gradually weakening; Central and Eastern Europeans are leaning more towards U.S.

Robert D. Kaplan: EU is gradually weakening; Central and Eastern Europeans are leaning more towards U.S.

U.S. analyst and writer Robert D. Kaplan in an interview to AGERPRES says that the European Union is weakening and that he is not confident that the European leaders will be able to solve the problems generated by the refugee crisis and the increasing terrorist threat.

“I’m afraid that the European Union is gradually, slowly weakening, and that instead of a united Europe you’ll get many different Europes, going at different speeds that will weaken the West and partly deny the United States having a strong ally in Europe. So I hope the European leaders can maneuver through this crisis and find various solutions along the way, I’m just not confident that they can do it,” Kaplan said.

In his opinion, in the context of the profound problems the European Union is facing, the people in the Central and Eastern European countries, Romanians included, are leaning more and more towards the United States.

“The problems in the European Union are profound, they’re extremely serious, and therefore Romanians, as well as other Central, East Europeans, whether it’s in the Baltic States, it’s in Poland, are leaning more and more towards the United States, as they see Europe weakening,” the analyst says.

Kaplan also warns that a weaker European Union also leads to the North Atlantic Alliance getting weaker, and in this context the states in the region have an additional argument to get closer to the U.S.

“Look at it this way. The weaker the EU gets, the weaker NATO gets, because the two are interlinked. And if there are question marks about NATO and the EU, then Bucharest, Warsaw, Tallinn, etc., have to look to Washington for a particular aid and defence,” Kaplan showed.

Robert D. Kaplan’s most recent book is devoted to Romania and is titled “In Europe’s Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond.”

The English version of the book will be launched at the end of this week in an event hosted by Romania’s Embassy in Washington, D.C. This spring, the book will be translated to Romanian, and the author will be on a book tour to Romania in May.

Robert D. Kaplan is the best-selling author of sixteen books on foreign affairs and travel that have been translated into many languages. Foreign Policy magazine twice named him one of the world’s Top 100 Global Thinkers.

He is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a contributing editor at The Atlantic, where his work has appeared for three decades. Kaplan’s essays have appeared on the editorial pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times, as well as in all the major foreign affairs journals, including cover stories in Foreign Affairs magazine.

Kaplan was chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, a visiting professor at the United States Naval Academy, and a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board, appointed by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. He has been a consultant to the U. S. Army’s Special Forces Regiment, the U. S. Air Force, and the U. S. Marines. He has lectured at military war colleges, the FBI, the National Security Agency, the Pentagon’s Joint Staff, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the CIA, major universities, and global business forums. Moreover, Robert D. Kaplan has briefed U.S. presidents, secretaries of state, and defense secretaries.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has mentioned Kaplan among the four “most widely read” authors defining the post-Cold War (along with Stanford Professor Francis Fukuyama, Yale Professor Paul Kennedy, and the late Harvard Professor Samuel Huntington).

Several of his books have also been published in Romanian, the most recent in 2014, “The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and The Battle Against Fate.”

Robert D. Kaplan’s complete interview to AGERPRES will be broadcast on Tuesday, February 9. More…