Thomas Barnett


About Thomas Barnett - Strategic Planner and Geopolitics Speaker:

Thomas P.M. Barnett has worked in US national security circles since the end of the Cold War, starting first with the Department of Navy's premier think tank, the Center for Naval Analyses. From there he moved to serve as a senior researcher and professor at the Naval War College in Newport RI , where he became a top assistant to Vice Admiral Arthur Cebrowksi - the father of network-centric warfare. After 9/11, Barnett served in Cebrowski's Office of Force Transformation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Assistant for Strategic Futures. He developed a famous PowerPoint brief on the subject of globalization and international security, which later morphed into a New York Times-bestselling book, The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century (2004).

Since leaving government service in 2005, Dr. Barnett has amassed a number of duties in the private sector including acting as Chief Analyst for the online strategic community and massively multi-player online consultancy Wikistrat Ltd and running his own consultancy, Barnett Consulting LLP. An award-winning professor, Dr. Barnett has written for Esquire, Wired, National Review, and the Washington Post, and has been interviewed by Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, The Economist, Time, BBC World Service, CBS, CNBC, PBS, CSpan, CNN, Fox News and numerous foreign media. He also writes his own blog (Thomas P.M. Barnett's Globlogization) and a weekly column for World Politics Review (The New Rules).

Barnett completed his Pentagon's New Map trilogy with the volumes, Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating (2005), and Great Powers: America and the World After Bush (2009). Dr. Barnett holds a PhD in political science from Harvard University . He is based in Indianapolis, Indiana, and travels the world giving speeches and conducting his strategy work with both private- and- public sector enterprises.

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What Thomas Barnett Talks About:

Is There a Grand Strategy To Be Found in the (Re) Emerging Age of North American Resource Self-Sufficiency?
For most of its existence and expansion America (and Americans) have viewed the world in longitudinal terms (East-West), focusing in the late-/post-Cold War on the Persian Gulf (Carter Doctrine) and recently “pivoting” to Transpacific ties in the post-Iraq era. Recently several important national and global trends combined to shift US strategic attention to a more latitudinal vision (North-South). Among these are the rise of the Millennials and Post-Millennials in US politics, the end of Washington’s drug war, and most importantly America’s emerging self-sufficiency on energy and its OPEC-like centrality in global food production. The last time the US faced such a favorable combination of strategic circumstances was at the turn of the 20th Century which segued into a Progressive Era of significant social, economic and political change across the United States. Soon Washington will increasingly re-embrace that latitudinal perspective as the country moves deeper into a 21st Century that features great-power multipolarity, and the re-institution of regional “spheres of influence.” This means “facts on the ground” will trump “military power from above|” and local great powers will determine whether or not certain conflicts will be containable or dangerously escalatory.  When – if ever – will America rule the global stage as it once did?

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