WPR Welcomes Thomas P.M. Barnett

We’re very happy to introduce WPR’s newest regular columnist, Thomas P.M. Barnett,appearing every Monday beginning next week. Most of you are probablyalready familiar with Barnett’s work, but for those of you who aren’t,you’re in for a real treat. In addition to being a New York Timesbest-selling author and a sought-after public speaker, Barnett is achallenging and iconoclastic thinker, who combines intellectualcreativity with clarity of analysis. The result is a far-reachingvision of U.S. grand strategy that somehow manages to be bothprovocatively novel and intuitively obvious at the same time. If youlike big ideas, you’ll like Barnett’s column, The New Rules. We’re very excited andhonored to have him at WPR.

Barnett’s arrivalcompletes our lineup of regular columnists — each of whom brings aunique approach to assessing today’s, and tomorrow’s, trends — andmarks a natural milestone in a process we began last September, when wefirst started remaking our content model. You can read more about some of the logic that’s guiding that process here.