Refer to Figure 19, Thomas P.M. Barnett’s original characterization of “The Pentagon’s New Atlas.” It was originally published in 2004. This division between the connected and non-connected areas of the globe drew the association between the lack of free flow of knowledge and the areas where US military forces were most likely to be engaged. The author’s premise is that the more “connected” a nation is, the less likelihood of a need for military intervention by the US military.
Do you agree with Barnett’s premise? Barnett did not anticipate the emergent technologies of Social Media when he proposed his original ideas. How are Social Media influences a factor to be considered? While Barnett postulated that the “disconnected Gap” was where US forces were typically drawn into conflicts, his observation was made before much of the impact of the current ICT infrastructure in underserved areas was in place or understood. So, the question – is his observation still valid? Is “connectedness” enough of a factor to establish areas free of conflict? Has your opinion changed since we first posed this as a thought question in Lesson 1?