Born and raised in Wisconsin, Thomas P.M. Barnett received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Russian Language and Literature and International Relations with an emphasis in U.S. Foreign Policy. Mr. Barnett received his M.A. in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, and his Ph.D in Political Science from Harvard University. From 1998 through 2004, he was a Senior Strategic Researcher and Professor in the Warfare Analysis & Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Barnett worked as the Assistant for Strategic Futures in the Office of Force Transformation in the Department of Defense. He is the author of "The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century," "Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating," and "Great Powers: America and the World After Bush." Currently, Mr. Barnett is the Senior Managing Director of Enterra Solutions, a 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.