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Citadel News Service
25 Mar 2009

Commentator, geopolitical strategist to discuss leadership post Bush

Author, commentator and geopolitical strategist Thomas P.M. Barnett will discuss America's leadership role in the world in the wake of the Bush administration when he visits The Citadel in April.

Organized through a partnership between The Citadel and The Free Enterprise Foundation, and sponsored by the NEFA Foundation, Barnett’s lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7 in Graham Copeland Auditorium in Grimsley Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Barnett will discuss his latest book entitled “Great Powers: America and the World after Bush,” an analysis of the world post Bush and America’s role in future globalization. His visit as a featured speaker in International Leadership is part of The Citadel’s continued emphasis on leadership development.

Barnett is a contributing editor for Esquire magazine, a distinguished scholar and author at the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, and a columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard. He is currently the senior managing director of Enterra Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm that helps organizations with the challenges of globalization, technology acceleration, and the complexity of the 21st Century.

From 1998 through 2004, Barnett was a senior strategic researcher and professor in the warfare analysis and research department’s Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the U.S. Naval War College. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks Barnett worked as the assistant for strategic futures in the Office of Force Transformation at the Department of Defense. In 2003, he wrote an article titled "The Pentagon's New Map" for Esquire magazine. He developed the article into a book “The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century,” published in 2004. A sequel “Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating” was published in 2005.

Copies of Barnett’s latest book, “Great Powers: America and the World after Bush,” will be available for purchase and signing.

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