Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Core and the Gap

As I read the news of bombed trains in Mumbai today, it called to mind Thomas Barnett's book, The Pentagon's New Map. I'm not going to offer a lengthy commentary on why I think Barnett is right, it simply occurred to me that I have not yet posted anything on it. At the very least, if you are not familiar with the implicit thinking of the Bush administration on the Core and the Gap, it is worth a read.

Here's Thomas Barnett's article from Esquire, and here is a summary at Winds of Change.

India is part of what Barnett calls the 'newly-integrating core,' which could be lost in the near future. Today's events remind us how that can happen.

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1 comment:

Philo-Junius said...

Barnett's map of the core suggests that India's only linkage to the Core is through Tibet and China. More truthfully, the Himalayas are entirely Gap, and India is an island of Core surrounded by Gap.

Bucking them up is easily dollar-for-dollar the best investment the U.S. can make in its future security.