The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-first by Thomas P. M. Barnett

By Thomas P. M. Barnett

Construction upon the works of Thomas Friedman, Samuel Huntington, and Francis Fukuyama, The Pentagon's New Map describes fresh U.S. army heritage and method, discusses the place America's forces might be heading within the close to destiny, outlines the the most important function the kingdom must play in developing foreign balance, and gives a lot wanted desire at some of the most tricky occasions in American background.

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Heck, even the Russians had been our friends back then. M y mom's father collected World War II newsreels, and these 16-millimeter archives became my time machine for visiting that simpler, more understandable past. Like the heroes in most timetravel stories, I wanted so much to live back in the days when my en­ tire world seemed to have been born. Those early postwar years marked the beginning of everything that dominated the Cold War era: all the rule sets, institutions, rivalries, alliances, strategies— even nuclear weapons.

So, yes, the Pentagon's security blanket (the Soviet threat) may have been torn to shreds, but a new global secu­ rity order was clearly in the works—just not one defined by a mili­ tary superpower rivalry. S. military. S. " Containment was coherent. Chaos is not. Throughout the 1990s, the Pentagon lurched from Somalia to Haiti to Bosnia to Kosovo, and it did so without the slightest understanding why. Each engagement had its merits, but taken as a whole, they did seem to spell chaos, and chaos is no one's idea of a strategic paradigm, es­ pecially if you are the world's only superpower.

Despite being the world's sole military superpower, America needs to understand that it stands on the cusp of a new multipolar era defined by globalization's progressive advance. " If we as a nation, through our diplomatic and security strategies, succeed in closing the rule-set gaps that currently exist, we will do far more than make our nation more secure or wealthier, we'll finally succeed in making globalization truly global. The task that lies before us is no less historic or heroic than that surmounted by the so-called greatest generation over the course of the twentieth century.

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