Thomas Barnett Brief
In the first volume he basically argues for a new vision of the world based on his understanding of the geopolitical dynamic at play. He divides the world into two areas; the Gap which is made up of what he terms “disconnected” states or failed states (Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, N. Korea, etc) and the Core which is made up of interconnected states (US, Europe, etc). He describes a global network, not just made of economies, the various contents that flow through the network and explains how states without connectivity to this network are “behind” and how globalizing them will solve their problems. Then he goes on to explain what shifts are necessary in what he terms “rule sets” (our perspective on the world) in order to achieve this goal.
The second volume, BFA, basically consists of a “how-to” on achieving his vision. I have to make it clear that I have not finished this volume, but will post any feedback I have at a later time.
I have been following his blog for several months (and months before I got around to buying a copy of his book) and have to say he’s a great writer with a great vision. I also have to say… I hope he’s right.
The next two theorists have a far bleaker vision of the future.
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