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Thomas Barnett
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I know many of you folks are already familiar with Dr. Barnett, but I since I didn't see his site referenced here yet, I just thought I'd add it to the list. His most notable work is his book and essay "The Pentagon's New Map". I suggest reading the essay (first published publicly in Esquire) as a primer to the book.

http://www.thomaspmbarnett.com/weblog/
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We have had a couple of threads on his New Map of the Pentagon. I found the latest one, but cannot come up with the origional, which was quite long.
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Here is the article as it was published in Esquire in 2003.
http://www.thomaspmbarnett.com/published...newmap.htm

The US Naval War College had a white paper available for a while that was sent to me via email from an acquaintance who works in the IC. Unfortunately I don't have it anymore, otherwise I'd post it up.
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Right, that is the article I was referring to. Wink1
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Ah, okay - sorry.
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Seabird Wrote:Ah, okay - sorry.

No problem. It is a good article and well worth bring up again. I liked it than and now as well.
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John L Wrote:
Seabird Wrote:Ah, okay - sorry.

No problem. It is a good article and well worth bring up again. I liked it than and now as well.

It seems to me that so many of the things we read and look into get proved wrong after just a couple of years. This is one of the things that looks to be getting proved right.
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#8
All he does is follow basic Trendline Strategy. And the trends for this century are decentralization of power within the world exemplified by more smaller countries, greater wealth accumulation, freer trade, greater inroads of democracy, and more small hot conflicts as these trends take shape. In other words, it will again be a bloody century as the world slowly moves from a 'have not' society to a 'have' society.

The change will be interesting. Too bad I won't be around to see it end. Wink1
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Actually I'm referring to his specific strategies with regard to America foreign policy. The things that impressed me were his comments that while the US has been very good at winning wars, over the last few decades we have been very bad at winning the peace. He also identifies the path to peace on a global basis and recognizes that we are on the verge of something very great (potentially). The ability, via American action, to win full scale global peace throughout the world through the means of exporting security. His methods for arriving at this theory is time tested, but I think his analysis is unique.

Consider this - he was in the Cantor Fitzgerald offices (in the WTC) merely days ahead of 9/11. His job there at the time was to see how relationships could be cultivated between private economic enterprises and the DoD and Pentagon. The idea was that the Pentagon could be used to do more than wage tactical war and determine strategic defense policy. They wanted to see if it would be viable to use economic theory within the military to promote economic engagement in a non-offensive way.

Kind of says a lot about what the DoD and Barnett must think of the State Dept. S6
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#10
Barnett's 2nd book is coming out soon, Blueprint for Action.
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#11
Excellent! Thanks for the heads up.
"Most people just want tomorrow to look pretty much like today." - Terry Pratchett
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Currently watching one of Barnett's presentations, this one contains some issues that aren't in his other presentations that are available online:
. It is great to watch and listen to him. (personally I really enjoy the part Economics plays in his ideas, it sounds pretty Classical Liberalist most of the time, but it is of course still only part of the whole context)
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