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KNOXVILLE — Thomas P.M. Barnett, called “one of the most important strategic thinkers of our time” by U.S. News & World Report, will talk about global security at the University of Tennessee on March 21.

Thomas P.M. Barnett
Thomas P.M. Barnett
Sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, the lecture will be held at 3 p.m. in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Barnett will detail how he envisions the future of global relations and today’s world situation, based on his book, “Blueprint for Action.”

A visiting scholar at the Baker Center, Barnett is senior managing director of Enterra Solutions and a contributing editor for Esquire magazine. He also writes a column for the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Barnett is a strategic planner who has worked in national security affairs since the end of the Cold War. He regularly advises the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD), Special Operations Command, and the Joint Forces Command, and routinely offers briefings to senior members of all four military services, the intelligence community and Congress. He formerly served as senior strategic researcher at the Naval War College and as assistant for strategic futures in OSD’s Office of Force Transformation.

In December 2002, Esquire named Barnett “The Strategist” for a special edition titled, “The Best and the Brightest.” He also has been described by U.S. News & World Report’s Michael Barone as “one of the most important strategic thinkers of our time.”

“We’re pleased to have Thomas Barnett as a visiting scholar at the Baker Center and provide this forum for him to speak to the Knoxville community,” Baker Center Executive Director Alan Lowe said. “Tom is in high demand within government circles as a forecaster of global conflict and an expert of military transformation, as well as within corporate circles as a management consultant and conference presenter on issues relating to international security and economic globalization.”

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