Great Powers: America and the World After Bush

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Penguin, Feb 5, 2009 - Fiction - 496 pages
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Pentagon's New Map, a bold, trenchant analysis of the post-Bush world

In Great Powers, New York Times bestselling author and prominent political consultant Thomas Barnett provides a tour-de-force analysis of the grand realignments in the post-Bush world-in the spheres of economics, diplomacy, defense, technology, security, the environment, and more. The "great powers" are no longer just the world's nation- states, but the most powerful and dynamic influences on the global stage, requiring not simply a course correction, but a complete recalibration. Globalization as it exists today was built by America- and now, Barnett says, it's time for America to shape and redefine what comes next.
 

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Barnett is not a pacifist and he truly beliefs in the importance of a clever military action, when required. However, he strongly critics Bush's unilateral diplomacy and the way wherewith he carried ... Read full review

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This is Barnett's third book in his series of reviewing international affairs. The best in the lot is his first, The Pentagon's New Map, a bit of a let-down is his next, The Pentagon's New Future, and ... Read full review

Contents

BUT FIRST THE VIRTUES WORTH CITING
NOW FOR THE SINS
1 ADMIT THAT WE AMERICANS ARE POWERLESS OVER GLOBALIZATION
2 COME TO BELIEVE THAT ONLY A BIPARTISANSHIP FAR GREATER THAN THAT DISPLAYED BY OUR NATIONAL LEADERS CAN RE...
3 MAKE THE DECISION TO COORDINATE ALL ELEMENTS OF AMERICAS NATIONAL POWER ACCORDING TO A GRAND STRATEGY ...
4 MAKE A SEARCHING AND FEARLESS MORAL INVENTORY OF THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR
5 ADMIT TO THE WORLD AND TO OURSELVES THE EXACT NATURE OF OUR MISTAKES IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
6 WE ARE ENTIRELY READY TO WORK WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO REMOVE THESE DEFECTS OF WARTIME INJU...
REMAPPING FAKE STATES
RACING TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PYRAMID
THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR
THE BIG BANG LAUNCHED
FROM INDISPENSABLE SUPERPOWER TO INSOLVENT LEVIATHAN
AMERICA THE CONTAINED
SOFTPOWER BALANCING
REBRANDING A TEAM OF RIVALS

7 HUMBLY ASK THE INCOMING PRESIDENT TO REVERSE AMERICAS RECENT UNILATERALISM
8 MAKE A LIST OF ALL THE GREAT POWERS WHOSE NATIONAL INTERESTS WE HAVE HARMED AND BECOME WILLING TO MAKE...
9 MAKE DIRECT OVERTURES TO VIOLENT NONSTATE ACTORS WHENEVER POSSIBLE EXCEPT WHEN DOING SO WOULD DAMAGE ...
10 CONTINUE TO REVIEW OUR GOAL OF ACCELERATED DEMOCRATIZATION AND WHEN WE ARE WRONG IN OUR STRATEGIC APP...
11 SEEK TO CREATE STRATEGIC ALLIANCES WITH RISING POWERS THROUGH DIPLOMATIC LINKAGES AND MILITARYTOMILITA...
12 HAVING HAD A STRATEGIC AWAKENING AS THE RESULT OF THESE STEPS AMERICA MUST TRY TO SELL THIS GRAND STRATE...
IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT GLOBALIZATION
BORN IN THE USA
THE AMERICAN SYSTEM PROPOSED AND IMPOSED
THE AMERICAN SYSTEM TESTED AND TRANSFORMED
THE AMERICAN SYSTEM MATURED THEN EXTRAPOLATED
A GLOBAL AMERICAN SYSTEM AN AMERICAN CENTURY
1 MAKE SURE YOU CAN ACCESS THE CRISIS WITHOUT ADDING TO THE CRISIS
2 FIGURE OUT YOUR ACTUAL ECONOMIC LEVERAGE GOING IN AND MAKE IT CLEAR IN NEGOTIATIONS
3 BUILD YOUR DOMESTIC CONSTITUENCY FROM THE START AND KEEP IT BIPARTISAN
4 BE REALISTIC ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN ACHIEVE BY INTERVENING
5 NO POLITICAL SOLUTIONS FOR ECONOMIC PROBLEMS
6 STATE YOUR POSITIVE GOALS AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE
7 PLAN FOR THE POSTWAR RIGHT FROM THE START
8 RECOGNIZE THAT YOUR RECENT EXPERIENCES DETERMINE YOUR USABLE SKILLS
9 ONCE THE WAR IS WON THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO WITHDRAWAL OR DOMINATION IS TRANSFORMATION
10 SOCIALIZE THE PROBLEM INSTITUTIONALIZE THE SOLUTION
11 EXPECT A CHALLENGE TO YOUR BESTLAID PLANS
12 SELLING GRAND STRATEGY IS ONE THING EXECUTING IT IS QUITE ANOTHER
13 IF YOU WANT TO MAKE IT STICK THEN THE BOYS ARE NEVER COMING HOME
14 NUKES KILLED GREATPOWER WAR
THE GLOBAL AMERICAN SYSTEM BECOMES GLOBALIZATION
DENG CHOSE WISELY
3 BILLION NEW CAPITALISTS REGISTER THEIR DEMAND
CHINA BREAKS THE MOLD OR MERELY RECASTS IT?
DEFAULTING TO THE BEIJING CONSENSUS
RUSHING TO SETTLE FRONTIERS
THE SERVICEORIENTED ALLIANCE
THE MISEDUCATION OF COLIN POWELL
THE LOST YEAR IN IRAQ
FROM THE MONKS OF WAR A NEW COIN OF THE REALM
THE LONG POSTWAR
THE PRIVATIZATION OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
REBLENDING DIPLOMACY DEFENSE AND DEVELOPMENT
THE COMMANDAFTERNEXT
SUPEREMPOWER ME
THE RISE OF GLOBAL GUERRILLAS
FROM KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER TO KNOW YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN
IN SEARCH OF NEW DETERRENCE
THE GREAT GLOBALIZATION BUILDOUT
REENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT INABOX
THE RISE OF THE SYSADMININDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
THE DEVIL WE KNEW
KATRINA AND THE GORE COUNTERNARRATIVE
FROM UNITED WE STAND TO DEMOGRAPHIC DEMAGOGUERY
APOCALYPSE SOON
THE GREATEST AWAKENING
RESURRECTING THE PROGRESSIVE AGENDA
THE GREAT COMPROMISE
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
CHAPTER 2 A TWELVESTEP RECOVERY PROGRAM FOR AMERICAN GRAND STRATEGY
OF GREAT MEN AND GREAT POWERS
RACING TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PYRAMID
REBRANDING THE TEAM OF RIVALS
REDISCOVERING DIPLOMACY DEFENSE AND DEVELOPMENT
THE RISE OF THE SYSADMININDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
RESURRECTING THE PROGRESSIVE AGENDA
THE FUTURE PERFECT TENSE
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Thomas P. M. Barnett is a senior adviser to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Central Command, Special Operations Command, the Joint Staff and the Joint Forces Command. He formerly served as a senior strategic researcher and professor at the U.S. Naval War College and as Assistant for Strategic Futures in the OSD's Office of Force Transformation. He is a founding partner of the New Rule Sets Project LLC, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and Esquire, where he is now a contributing editor.

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