Tom Barnett is one of our leading geopolitical visionaries, whose analysis helps us more clearly see how our rapidly changing world. Even those, like myself, who often disagree with his analysis gain from reading his work. This essay strongly displays his strengths.
Here is a brief except from Barnett’s essay. I strongly recommend reading it in full. At the end are links to articles on other sites discussing Barnett’s essay.
“The Core comes with competing rule sets“, Thomas Barnett, posted at his blog, 21 August 2008 — Excerpt:
We didn’t invite Russia properly into our 21st century, so, denied any acceptable ownership of its own 20th century history (better it be all buried, say I), it slipped back into its 19th … We denied them proper attention for a long time and now they’re acting out to garner negative attention: “You don’t let us decide some of your rules, then we’ll simply decide on our own where we can!”