Theorist Critique

C112 Theorist Critique
1. Summarize the author’s thesis and main arguments.
Thomas Barnett’s central thesis revolves around states committed to globalization and those that are not committed to globalization or disconnected.   He theorizes the United States national security strategy and more specifically the United States military should focus on areas where globalization is thinning or absent.   He supports his theory by arguing the world consists of two groups, which he calls the Functioning Core, or Core and the Non-Integrating Gap, or Gap.   He describes the Functioning Core as areas ripe with globalization such as North America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and China.   The Non-Integrating Gap is areas void of globalization such as Haiti, Congo, Middle East, and North Korea.   He views the Non-Integrating Gap as a strategic threat environment, which breeds terrorism, oppression, and poverty.   He argues the Non-Integrating Gap poses the greatest threat to the Functioning Core.   He relays that the national security strategy should work the border states of the Gap to build a firewall that protects the Core from the Gap’s exports of terrorism, drugs, and pandemics.   He further argues the United States military should actively work to shrink the Gap and the U.S. military is the only military capable of shrinking the Gap.   He believes the Gap will continue to negatively impact the Core until the United States begins the long-term systematic export of security to the Gap.      

2. Is the theorist persuasive? Explain why or why not.
The theorist is persuasive. Barnett explains those nations with liberal media flows, ripe network connectivity, abundance of financial transactions and collective security feature stable governments and rising standards of living.   Nations with those characteristics are connected and globalized.   You can infer nations that fall into this category are the United States, Canada, Spain, South Korea and Great Britain.   When you think of...