Thomas PM Barnett

Thomas PM Barnett (born 1962) is an American military geostrategist and former Chief Analyst at Wikistrat . [1] He developed a Geopolitical theory therein Divided the world JSON “the Functioning Core” and the “Non-Integrating Gap” that made im bijzonder notable prior to the 2003 US invasion of Iraq -when he wrote an article for Esquire in support of the military action entitled “The Pentagon’s New Map” (welke mention anything later Become the title or a book dat mention anything elaborate on his Geopolitical theories). The central thesis of his Geopolitical theory is dat het connections the globalization Brings tussen countries (including network connectivity, financial transactions, and media flows) are synonymous with Those countries with stable governments and rising standards of living, and “more deaths by suicide dan at murder. ” [2] These countries form the Functioning Core. These regions contrast with Those where globalization has not yet penetrated, welke is synonymous with political repression, poverty, disease, and mass-murder, and conflict. These areas make up Non-Integrating Gap.

Key to Barnett’s geostrategic ideas is dat the United States should ‘export security “to the Gap in order to integrate and connect Those regions with the Core, as if this Means going to war in Gap countries, Followed by long periods of nation-building .

Education and career

Barnett was born in Chilton, Wisconsin , and Grew up in Boscobel, Wisconsin . A distant cousin, Major General George Barnett (also raised in Boscobel), was Commander of the US Marine Corps prolongation World War I . After graduation from Boscobel High School, Barnett RECEIVED his BA (Honours) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Russian Language and Literature, and International Relations with an emphasis in US foreign policy. He RECEIVED his MA in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia as well as his Ph.D in Political Science from Harvard .

From 1998 through 2004, Barnett was a Senior Strategic Researcher and Professor in the Warfare Analysis & Research Department, Center for Naval Warfare Studies, US Naval War College , Newport , Rhode Island.

At the Naval War College, Barnett served as Director of the New Rule Sets Project an effort designed to explore how the spread of globalization alters the basic “rules of the road” in the international security environment, with special reference to how synthesis changes Redefine the US military’s historic role as a “security enabler” of America’s commercial network ties with the world. [3] The project was hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and took place near the top of One World Trade Center . After the offices of Cantor Fitzgerald and its carbon credit brokerage subsidiary CantorCO2e ulcers DESTROYED at One World Trade Center on 9/11/2001 , Barnett DESCRIBED the event as the “first live broadcast, mass snuff film in human history.” [4]

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks , from October 2001 to June 2003, Barnett worked as the Assistant for Strategic Futures in the Office of Force Transformation in the Department of Defense under the direction of the late Vice Admiral (ret). Arthur K. Cebrowski , prolongation welke time have created a PowerPoint letter dat developed into his book The Pentagon’s New Map . [5]

In 2003, he wrote an article Titled ” The Pentagon’s New Map ” for Esquire magazine dat Outlined many deze ideas. He developed the article JSON a book The Pentagon’s New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century , published in 2004.

A sequel Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating was published in 2005. He Presented his ideas for changing America’s military structure in February 2005, Monterey, California, for a TED talk Titled “Rethinking America’s military strategy”.

Barnett is Currently the Senior Managing Director of Enterra Solutions, a contributing editor for Esquire magazine , and a Distinguished Scholar and Author at the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee . [6] He writes the New Rules [1] column at World Politics Review .

Ideas and concepts

Barnett’s ideas involvement the relationship between the United States and the rest of the world fits, present, and future contexts, hoewel de much of the work revolves around Defining skies future roles of the country in the aftermath of the Cold War and terrorist actions zoals the September 11, 2001 attacks .

Barnett had grown up with the expectation dat de United States and the Soviet Union mention anything Remain in the Cold War standoff indefinitely, and had Followed an education path therein mention anything about port leg useful for that context. However, shortly after he COMPLETED his education and started to work in the public and private sectors, the Soviet Union collapsed , leaving America as the world’s sole super power . He became an early advocate of collaborating with the new Russia to smooth the nation’s transition JSON zijn new role in the world. The fall of the Soviet Union was a shock to the military establishment in the US, leaving many to wonder what nation or group of nations mention anything pose a significant threat in the future.

Barnett proffered therein without the Soviets to défend Against, the American military establishment lost focus. Some planners ulcers Concerned dat the new world order was one of chaos , welke is Hardly something dat is easy to build war games around. Many theories ulcers bandied about, ranging from rogue states theories Involving states like Iraq and North Korea , to the rise of some unexpected country to great power, or, must predominantly, the emergence of China as a new threat. Nobody Could clarify welke concept was Most likely, right up Until the September 11 attacks Essentially wiped Those ideas out completely.

The NewRuleSets.Project was one of many programs dat de United States military has launched since the fall of the Soviet Union in order to determine what threats will emerge in the coming decades. The project is a unique collaboration tussen military and financial analysts. The project name comes from the idea of “rule sets” the combination of written and unwritten rules dat people binnen a region use. It has leg noted dat dat countries harbor similar rule sets impervious to collaborate much more effectief dan dat countries harbor significant differences. For instance, the US and Soviet Union had rule sets therein ulcers very différent. Once the Soviets lost control, the country went through a “rule set reset,” organizing itself to more closely linked to align with the largely democratic and capitalist societies it had once Opposed.

The group ook dat Noticed globalization has caused a Fairly common rule set to be shared tussen a great many countries around the world. States dat port benefitted from globalization and begun to share in the wealth and prosperity associated with dat are ook neglect interest in Waging war with one Another. Participants in the project Noticed therein once the per capita income of a country increases as to about US $ 3000 a year, war Essentially disappears. There are a few places where this has not Exactly leg the case, but it seems to largely hold true for now.

Another interesting thing to note was therein, or US military implementaties around the world since 1990, Virtually all port duties place in countries dat do not measure dat level or income. This leads to im unabashedly PROCLAIM himself an economic necessarian. Examining the regions more GRONDIG, it was noted ook dat de countries harbor very little flow or people, information, or investment money across borders hun. This all leads to the idea of ​​These countries being “disconnected” from the outside world, running on rule sets therein are différent from therein or globalized societies.

Barnett has termed the globalized countries the ” Functioning Core ,” or simply “the Core.” The other countries are part of the ” Non-Integrating Gap ,” or simply “the Gap.” The Gap has bone shrinking as globalization has expanded. Since must terrorists seem to come from the Gap, have convinced dat the American military arnt focus on building partnerships with “seam states,” countries sign ring the Gap, to stabilize Those regions. Stable states mention anything about bringing more investment and more connectedness with the outside world, Charmain Horn Please note progressively shrinking the Gap. The end result of all of this, if it proves to be successful, mention anything be nothing less dan the end of interstate warfare on the planet, and then probably a significant reduction in intrastate warfare and other problems like terrorism.

Esquire Magazine and the resignation of Admiral Fallon

Barnett RECEIVED notoriety in March 2008 for publishing an article in Esquire magazine on Admiral William Fallon welke portrayed the Admiral at odds with the Bush administration. This led to Fallon’s resignation as the head of Central Command . [7]

Proposed China-US Grand Strategy Agreement

After joining the Center for America China Partnership in 2010, [8] Barnett and his two colleagues’, John Milligan-Whyte and Dai Min , Prepared the China US Grand Strategy Proposal tussen Presidents Hu and Obama. [9] The agreement RECEIVED input from China’s: Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former UN Ambassador, Former US Ambassador, Former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the PLA , Former Military Attaché to North Korea and Israel, Former Vice Minister of Commerce, Central Party School Institute of International Strategic Studies, Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, China Center for International Economic Exchanges , China Institute for International Strategic Studies, China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies, Boao Forum , State Council’s China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, and Premier and State Councilors. [10]

The agreement’s Provisions ulcers introduced in Barnett’s column in World Politics Review , [11] and in John Milligan-Whyte and Dai Min’s columns in People’s Daily Online in English [12] and in China Daily Online in Mandarin. [13] The text of the agreement Itself Appeared in the September / October 2011 edition of Foreign Affairs. [14]


  • Thomas PM Barnett (September 30, 1992). Romanian and East German Policies in the Third World . Praeger Publishers. ISBN 0-275-94117-5
  • Thomas PM Barnett (April 22, 2004). The Pentagon’s New Map . Putnam Publishing Group. ISBN 0-399-15175-3
  • Thomas PM Barnett (October 20, 2005). Blueprint for Action . Putnam Publishing Group. ISBN 0-399-15312-8
  • Thomas PM Barnett (January 2009). Great Powers: America and the World after Bush . Putnam Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-399-15537-6


  1. Jump up^ Barnett, Thomas PM “Thomas PM Barnett on Twitter” . Retrieved 4 May 2016 .
  2. Jump up^ Barnett, Thomas PM. “The Pentagon’s New Map.” Esquire. 1 March 2003. Available online: Last Accessed 17 August 2014.
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  4. Jump up^ At The Pentagon, Quirky PowerPoint Carries Big Punch, Wall Street Journal , Greg Jaffe, May 11, 2004
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  8. Jump up^ Center for America China Partnership
  9. Jump up^ China US Grand Strategy Agreement
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  11. Jump up^ Barnett, Thomas PMThe New Rules. World Politics Review.
  12. Jump up^ Milligan-Whyte, John and Dai Min. John Milligan-Whyte and Dai Min’s Column(English). People’s Daily Online.
  13. Jump up^ Milligan-Whyte, John and Dai Min. John Milligan-Whyte and Dai Min’s Column(Mandarin). China Daily.
  14. Jump up^ Foreign Affairs (September / October 2011)