Sophisticated Singapore - Diplomacy

Sophisticated Singapore - Diplomacy

The Straits Times | July 3, 2013
By Parag Khanna
Precisely one year since my family's arrival in Singapore, the honeymoon seems far from over. In my last column, I had written about Singapore's many hidden virtues and how such traits can help reboot the country's international brand. I continue to wonder why, of the many adjectives that Singapore is associated with – wealthy, efficient, smart, clean, strict – one does not hear the word "sophisticated" mentioned often.

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Chinese Cities Show up on the Global Radar

Chinese Cities Show up on the Global Radar

China Daily | June 6, 2013
By Parag Khanna and JT Singh
Although we might know better, it's still common to think of China as a monolithic whole. But it is high time to unlearn this habit and correctly perceive China's diversity. And the most effective "New China" model of all views the vast nation through its cities, and understands China not as one big country but rather as a network of dynamic urban economies.

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Nations are no longer driving globalization - cities are

Nations are no longer driving globalization - cities are

Quartz | May 3, 2013
By Michlele Acuto and Parag Khanna
Urbanization has already declared itself the mega-trend of the 21st century, with half the world’s population now living in cities for the first time in human history. While the implications for economic growth have been widely discussed, urbanization’s impact on diplomacy and sovereignty will be equally profound.

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Is Dubai the Center of the World (Again)?

Is Dubai the Center of the World (Again)?

CNN.com | May 3, 2013
By Parag Khanna
During London Mayor Boris Johnson's recent visit to Dubai on an investment promotion trip, he jokingly declared that he is "mayor of the eighth emirate." Though uttered in typical self-deprecating jest, the mayor of the world's greatest city proclaiming that London is a mere province of the United Arab Emirates is revealing about how Dubai's fortunes have revived since the punishing real estate crash and debt restructuring following the financial crisis.

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