Saudi Arabia’s commercial class looks to future

Saudi Arabia’s commercial class looks to future

AL Monitor | December 23, 2013
By Parag Khanna
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia has been making headlines these days for its opposition to the US-led negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Should Iran genuinely halt its nuclear program and take advantage of reduced sanctions to gradually reintegrate peacefully into the region, there could be a significant geopolitical realignment in the Middle East. Compounding Saudi fears is the rapidly diminishing Western need for its oil reserves as the US taps massive shale gas deposits, in addition to many countries seeking to transition away from oil. Combined with the continued instability surrounding it — from Egypt to Syria and Iraq — the Saudis are rightly paranoid about a scenario of diminished strategic relevance.

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Singapore is already a global city -- Straits Times

Singapore is already a global city -- Straits Times

The Straits Times | December 2, 2013
By Cassandra Chew
BY SEVERAL counts, Singapore is a global city and does not need to advertise itself as one, academic Parag Khanna has argued. At The Straits Times Global Outlook Forum last Friday, he said Singapore fulfilled many of the characteristics of a global city, which to him is one that is stable, wealthy, diverse, connected, creative and a role model for others.

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Racing into the Future: Migration, Automation, Urbanization

Racing into the Future: Migration, Automation, Urbanization

Human Capital Leadership Summit | September 11, 2013
Global trends such as rising urbanisation, migration, automation, and corporate citizenship will have a profound impact on the Asian workplace of the future. In this session, Dr. Parag Khanna of the Hybrid Reality Institute presents each of these issues while sparking a debate on whether they are beneficial or detrimental. Mr. Richard Owens, Executive Vice President, Customer Solutions and Innovation, DHL, and Mr. Ramachandran Rajamanickam, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Abbott Nutrition International, also weigh in with their thoughts on these issues.

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The End of the Nation-State?

The End of the Nation-State?

The New York Times | October 13, 2013
By Parag Khanna
Every five years, the United States National Intelligence Council, which advises the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, publishes a report forecasting the long-term implications of global trends. Earlier this year it released its latest report, “Alternative Worlds,” which included scenarios for how the world would look a generation from now.

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Supply Chain Global Governance

Supply Chain Global Governance

The Economist Management Blog | September 16, 2013
By Parag Khanna
Five years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the post-financial crisis world has played out quite differently from the dominant narrative of the immediate aftermath. Then it was predicted that globalization could rapidly unravel, export-led emerging markets would slump, and the private sector would be massively re-regulated. Instead, cross-border trade and investment have exceeded 2007 levels, emerging market growth has been robust, and corporations have proven quite nimble in limiting overly onerous regulation.

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Time for an ASEAN Dream - Asia

Time for an ASEAN Dream - Asia

CNN.com | August 15, 2013
By Parag Khanna
Over the past year I've revisited a host of Southeast Asian countries I first began traveling in more than a decade ago. The region's progress has been remarkable both in terms of overall economic growth and the promising opening of formerly isolated nations like Myanmar. With China's slowing growth and rising wages, investors and exporters are searching for new long-term opportunities and sites of production. The time of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has come.

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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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