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Monday, January 10, 2005

Number Ten, Washington Post Best Seller

This is an important book everyone should read.

The Pentagon’s New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century
by Thomas P.M. Barnett
GP Putnam’s Sons

Barnett distills four themes: security, economics, politics and culture into a cutting edge vision of globalization. All are key to war and peace in the twenty-first century. He provides insightful analysis of problems the Pentagon faced once the Cold War ended. Who was the next great enemy, needed to justify new high tech weapons? What was the hunter-killer subs new mission, with the Soviet fleet rotting in port?

Barnett’s views languished until September 11, 2001, when the Pentagon got a new mission -- eradicate terrorism. A mission they were ill equipped to accomplish. Our armed forces can rapidly smash rogue armies in weeks, but are having trouble rebuilding nations which takes decades.

A brilliant thinker, Bartlett divides the world into the core, nations connected by trade and communications in the global economy. The disconnected nations, which he calls the non-integrating gap, are isolated from the global economy by religion, failed leadership and economic stupidity. The world is safer, once the core works to shrink the gap. I highly recommend this important public policy book. More information here.

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