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July 31, 2004

Connecting Sudan. Now, not later.

The Global Transaction Strategy says:

Four major flows must proceed over the next several decades if globalization is to continue its advance and the Gap is to be shrunk. The U.S. government and its allies in the Core must enable and balance all four of these flows, for the disruption of one will damage the others, leaving the global economy and security environment vulnerable to the sort of system perturbations witnessed in connection with Sept. 11.
The four flows -- strategic strands of connectivity -- are: People, Energy, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and Security.

People have to flow from the Gap to the Core, as the latter ages demographically.

Energy has to flow from the Gap to the New Core especially (specifically, Developing Asia), where energy use will double in the next two decades.

Foreign direct investment needs to flow from the Old Core (U.S., Europe, Japan) to the New Core (especially China, Russia, and India) in order to enable their further integration into the Core.

Finally, security has to flow from the Old Core (especially from the system Leviathan known as the U.S.) to the Gap, with a special emphasis in the near- and mid-term on the Middle East due to its central role as breeding ground for transnational terrorism and as the major source of energy for Developing Asia.

So here's my question: Can we find strategically useful information that provides the justification for decision makers in the U.S. government and its allies in the Core to choose a win/win scenario allowing Sudan to find its way?

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Comments

Small comment,

People from the Gap move to the Core for two reasons
1. To escape the Gap and create a new life in the Core
2. To build capital to go back.

I cannot speak directly to Sudan but I do know several people who will, are, or have gone back to the Gap (seam state). In my experience they range from 2nd and 3rd generation people who have gone to do business to illegal immigrants, visa overstays mostly, who stay a few years, earn enough money to run a business "back home" and go back.

The work permit proposal of the Bush administration has the potential to be a powerful tool for connectivity. A great many people would love to come out of the shadows, work honestly, and go home with enough money to change the societal reality there. I have no doubt that Sudanese are no different than my own people.

Posted by: TM Lutas at Aug 1, 2004 1:23:17 AM

I'm jumping in brand new to this discussion....curious....do folks think globalization is a 'good' that only has one possible outcome? I mean, the idea of closing "the gap" implies that it's 'bad' the gap exists. Certainly its 'bad' that standards of living and life chances are so disparate, but culturally, doesn't the gap prevent/inhibit a certain amount of homogenization that really might not benefit humanity as a whole?

Posted by: Steph Kent at Aug 3, 2004 12:20:41 PM

Steph,

This is just a blog, not a discussion. But to answer your question: Diversity is far more likely than homogenization.

Globalization is an emerging phenomenal force. Here's some references that I believe provide meaningful ways to respectfully shrink the Gap.

In the meantime, got any clues that will help stop the genocide in Sudan?

Posted by: Critt at Aug 3, 2004 1:31:49 PM

looks like you have good interaction here, so that's why i called it a "discussion." :-) sorry for the repeated trackbacks...and thanks for the resources....think I'll be checking out "Seven Words." Meanwhile, I don't have explicit ideas, but the media - mass communication - has got to be part of the solution. People in general have to be hooked into caring. I think the new wave of political films inspired by Fahrenheit 9/11 (still in the top ten!) might be one kind of model...

Posted by: Steph Kent at Aug 3, 2004 11:25:35 PM

See PHR’s New Flash Movie on Darfur

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