Analyst: Globalization is flow of resources

By Nicole Walby

Staff Writer

Thomas Barnett kicked off Tiffin University’s Good Morning World lecture series Thursday.

Barnett, chief analyst of WikiStrat, has worked in national security since the end of the Cold War. He spoke at Camden Falls Reception and Conference Center about globalization as flows of people, money, energy, food, water and security, during his “State of the World” address.

Barnett discussed turning points in history regarding population growth, fertility rates and societies with the youth population declining and the elderly population increasing. He used science fiction films such as “Soylent Green” and “Children of Men” to look at different perspectives.

“The flow moves from developing countries to developed, and that is where jobs are being sent,” Barnett said.

Barnett discussed religion and moral codes, saying that from 10,000 years ago to 1800, the standard of living didn’t change much. Then, with the use of vaccines, the life expectancy increased and doubled, he said.

Barnett predicts China is to rule the world for the next 15 years. The areas of concern for that country are dependency, democracy and decreptitude and pollution.

“China needs the world to be stable,” Barnett said.

America is the leading exporter of soybeans, corn, wheat and pork and holds 42 percent of the world’s water in relation to its population.

Barnett said climate change affects the growth of food, noting that the areas of the world responsible for 80 percent of population growth are the same 80 percent of the world experiencing water shortages.

He concluded his discussion talking about security involving the evolution of countries regarding military action, labor, expanding interests, per capita income and the areas that have the most rivalries, including the Middle East and Africa.

“Those that are to rule the world in 2030 are the countries with the least amount of damage,” Barnett said.

Barnett holds a doctorate in political science from Harvard University, owns consulting company Barnett Consulting LLC, is a contributing editor for, and writes a weekly column at World Politics Review.