REQUIREMENT 1: Summary of Author’s Thesis and Main Arguments [20 points]. Your answer should be approximately one typed page.
1. Summarize the author’s thesis and main arguments in your own words. Do NOT just copy and paste from the article.
I strongly believe that the author’s thesis is composed of two parts. First, the author divides the world in two distinct groups: the Functioning Core and the Non-Integrating Gap.
The Functioning Core is composed of those nation-states that are connected through communication networks, agreements and associations, financial transactions, and security. He states that these nations are successful and stable because they are actively ...view middle of the document...
Barnett believes that the United States must lead this effort because it is ideally suited to do so, as the United States is “connectivity personified” and has the military and economic strength to promote security. Barnett also believes that the United States’ military engagement in the Gap is the only way to protect it from national security threats found in the Gap.
Part 2. Author’s main arguments
Barnett begins the support of his thesis by mapping the current international...
Clearly MR Barnett to global terrorists.” Thomas P.M. Barnett, “The Pentagon’s New Map—It Explains Why We’re Going to War, and Why We’ll Keep Going to War,” Esquire (March 2003), 97. Barnett asserts that it is the disconnected nations of the Gap that pose a national security threat to the United States because these nations will eventually migrate their problems to those countries enjoying globalization's connectivity.
This "gap" thesis misses one critical element---that of religion or the absence of it. Virtually all of this "gap" zone is in Islamic hands, save parts of Africa and parts of Central America that the "liberation theology" Catholics convinced to be socialist.
What can we notice about his "gap?" It is overwhelmingly...