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The Pentagon's New Mapby Thomas P M Barnett
Synopses & Reviews
Since the end of the Cold War, America's national security establishment has been searching for a new operating theory to explain how this seemingly "chaotic" world actually works. Gone is the clash of blocs, but replaced by what?
Thomas Barnett has the answers. A senior military analyst with the U.S. Naval War College, he has given a constant stream of briefings over the past few years, and particularly since 9/11, to the highest of high-level civilian and military policymakers-and now he gives it to you. The Pentagon's New Map is a cutting-edge approach to globalization that combines security, economic, political, and cultural factors to do no less than predict and explain the nature of war and peace in the twenty-first century.
Building on the works of Friedman, Huntington, and Fukuyama, and then taking a leap beyond, Barnett crystallizes recent American military history and strategy, sets the parameters for where our forces will likely be headed in the future, outlines the unique role that America can and will play in establishing international stability-and provides much-needed hope at a crucial yet uncertain time in world history.
For anyone seeking to understand the Iraqs, Afghanistans, and Liberias of the present and future, the intimate new links between foreign policy and national security, and the operational realities of the world as it exists today, The Pentagon's New Map is a template, a Rosetta stone. Agree with it, disagree with it, argue with it-there is no book more essential for 2004 and beyond.
The New York Times bestseller discusses war and peace in the twenty-first century.
Building upon the works of Thomas Friedman, Samuel Huntington, and Francis Fukuyama, The Pentagon's New Map describes recent U.S. military history and strategy, discusses where America's forces will likely be heading in the near future, outlines the crucial role the nation needs to play in establishing international stability, and provides much needed hope at one of the most difficult times in American history.
The "New York Times" bestseller's cutting-edge approach to globalization combines security, economic, political, and cultural factors to predict and explain the nature of war and peace in the 21st century.
About the Author
Thomas P.M. Barnett is a senior strategic researcher and professor at the U.S. Naval War College. From October 2001 to June 2003, he served as Assistant for Strategic Futures, Office of Force Transformation, Office of the Secretary of Defense. Barnett has written for publications including New York Times and Washington Post. A Harvard Ph.D. in political science, he lives in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
Table of Contents
The Pentagon's New Map Preface: An Operating Theory of the World
1. New Rule Sets
Playing Jack Ryan
New Rules for a New Era
Present at the Creation
A Future Worth Creating
2. The Rise of the "Lesser Includeds"
The Manthorpe Curve
The Fracturing of the Security Market
The Rise of Asymmetrical Warfare
How 9/11 Saved the Pentagon from Itself
3. Disconnectedness Defines Danger
How I Learned to Think Horizontally
Mapping Globalization's Frontier
Minding the Gap
To Live and Die in the Gap
Different Worlds, Different Rule Sets
Why I Hate the "Arc of Instability"
4. The Core and the Gap
The Military-Market Link
The Flow of People, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Population Bomb
The Flow of Energy, or Whose Blood for Whose Oil?
The Flow of Money, or Why We Won't Be Going to War with China
The Flow of Security, or How America Must Keep Globalization in Balance
5. The New Ordering Principle
Overtaken by Events
The Rise of System Perturbations
The Greater Inclusive
The Big Bang as Strategy
6. The Global Transaction Strategy
You're Ruining My Military!
The Essential Transaction
The System Administrator
The American Way of War
7. The Myths We Make (I Will Now Dispel)
The Myth of Global Chaos
The Myth of America as Globocop
The Myth of American Empire
8. Hope without Guarantees
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