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Fred Kaplan

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Why Putin May Stand Down

Author: Fred Kaplan
Slate

Contrary to appearances, the crisis in Ukraine might be on the verge of resolution. The potentially crucial move came today when interim President Oleksandr Turchynov said that he would be open to changing the country's political system from a republic, with power centered in the capital Kiev, to a federation with considerable autonomy for the regional districts.

See more in Russian Federation; Conflict Assessment

Op-Ed

Putin’s War

Author: Fred Kaplan
Slate

Is the West about to go to war with Russia over the fate of Ukraine? The question should answer itself. I can't imagine many Americans or Europeans willingly spending "blood and treasure" to keep Moscow's mitts off of Kiev and Kviv. So why, then, did President Obama publicly warn Vladimir Putin that armed aggression against Ukraine would lead to "consequences"?

See more in Russian Federation; Ukraine; Global Governance

Op-Ed

Take a Chance on Iran

Author: Fred Kaplan
Slate

Fred Kaplan advocates a meeting between President Obama and Iran's president Rouhani over the course of this week's meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

See more in Iran; Sanctions

Must Read

FP: The Transformer

Author: Fred Kaplan

Bob Gates never thought he'd be Barack Obama's defense secretary. Now, in an exclusive interview, the most revolutionary Pentagon leader since Robert McNamara tells FP why he said yes, when he'll get out of Washington, and what legacy he hopes to leave behind.

See more in Military Leadership; United States

Bio

Fred Kaplan is the "War Stories" columnist for Slate and the author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War (Simon & Schuster, 2013), 1959: The Year Everything Changed (Wiley, 2009), Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power (Wiley, 2008), and The Wizards of Armageddon (Simon & Schuster, 1983; republished by Stanford University Press, 1991).

Before Slate, he was a staff reporter for the Boston Globe, working as its Pentagon reporter (1983–91), Moscow bureau chief (1992–95), and New York bureau chief (1995–2002). In 1983, Dr. Kaplan was a lead member of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for a special Sunday magazine on the nuclear arms race. From 1978 to 1980, he was foreign and defense policy aide to Representative Les Aspin in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He holds a BA from Oberlin College and a PhD in political science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.