Conversations with History: Institute
of International Studies, UC Berkeley
This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations
with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public
Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.
Welcome to a Conversation with History.
I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest
today is Thomas P.M. Barnett, who is a strategic planner, who has worked
in national security affairs since the end of the Cold War and has operated
his own consulting practice, New Rule Sets Project since 1998. A New
York Times best-selling
author, Dr. Barnett is a forecaster of global conflict and an expert on
military transformation and on issues relating to international security
and economic globalization. He is the author of The Pentagon's New Map and a contributing editor to Esquire magazine.
- Background ... small rural town
... lawyer parents ... Catholic schools ... studying the Soviet Union ...
Harvard ... Soviet studies and Trekkism ... effect of the demise of the Soviet
Union ... getting the Ph.D.
- Strategic Analyst ... discovering
the nature of the work ... need for practical solutions ... discovering a
talent for presentation ... horizontal thinking ... disillusionment with negative
- Synergy of Ideas and Opportunity
... Naval War College and Cantor Fitzgerald ... a "useless" set
of skills ... 9/11 ... helping to define the new questions ... presenting
- Describing the Pentagon's New Map
... dentifying unifying characteristics of volatile regions ... disconnectedness
... transformation of military tasks ... core vs. gap ... the unexpected lesson
of nuclear weapons ... misguided focus on China
- New Model for a Dual Military
... breaking the model of superpower conflict ... return to earlier bifurcation
... "leviathan" and "sys-admin" ... Iraq as the tipping
point ... educating the public ... bringing in allies ... allowing globalization
to effect positive change
- Rounding Out the Globalist Vision
... the political dimension ... a private sector affair ... a generous and
kind society ... the discipline of foreign indebtedness
- Conclusion ... enduring value
of rule sets ... the American "source code" ... advice for students
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