The Pentagon’s New Map is a must read for anyone interested in the military anyone concerned about global affairs anyone. Bottom line is you should read it. Thomas P. M. Barnett is, without mincing words, brilliant.
If you don’t have the patience to read a book you should, at least check out his blog.
One thing I wish he would write about — how should we look at media in context of the core-gap divide? (If you are confused, read the book.) And what happens when fundamentalists in the gap start using media (television, cell phones, blogs, online forums, YouTube, etc.) to advance their agenda?