Thomas Barnett, author of The Pentagon’s New Map (an excellent book), developed a new grand strategy loosely based on economic interdependence theory, as I’m sure many of you are aware of. I won’t go into much detail here, but I’ll give a brief, very generalized, overview of his idea. You can read more about it at his site or by reading this essay, which inspired the book.
He separated the world into two zones, the Functioning Core and the Non-Integrating Gap. The Functioning Core was defined by “connectness,” in that all the different countries that composed it traded with each other and generally accepted what he called a “rules set,” a set of practices that maintained a good amount of order and minimized warfare, while promoting economic growth. Those who did not accept the “rules set” and acted outside of the Functioning Core were members of the Non-Integrating Gap. In the Non-Integrating Gap, human rights abuses are common, wars abound, the economy is in the dumps, and poverty is high, among other things. From the Non-Integrating Gap is where most of the trouble in the world was coming from and in order for the Core to be safe, they must work to eventually eliminate the Gap entirely.
Here is an image of the Non-Integrating Gap (I had a better world map version, but I lost it and the US News & World Report site doesn’t have a copy):
As you can see, the Non-Integrating Gap is composed of a host of trouble-making and failed states. To get a more detailed view of the globe on the left, click here, and for the globe on the right, click here (warning, both of these are very large JPG files).
As far as I’m concerned, this is absolutely fascinating, and I encourage everybody to read his book and all the stuff on his website, and maybe we can even put a link up to his blog on here.
Anyways, I remember looking at another map a while back from the London Times that was based on Lynn’s and Vanhanen’s IQ and the Wealth of Nations showing the IQs of the world and their respective GDPs. Here it is:
So, as I was looking at this map, I immediately thought of Barnett’s book and I had a friend of mine, Aaron, draw me the Non-Integrating Gap on the IQ map, and this is what we got:
Stunning, isn’t it? Aaron did a pretty good job of it, although he put Pakistan in the N-IG. I know probably most everyone who reads this blog already had a mental image of this, but to see it on a map just makes Barnett’s and Lynn’s books more relevant.
How many correlations can you think of?
Posted by Arcane at 06:58 PM