Stop Fretting About Beijing as a Global Policeman

Stop Fretting About Beijing as a Global Policeman

Financial Times | December 28, 2011
By Jonas Parello-Plesner and Parag Khanna

This year proved a tipping point for China’s approach to the world. The confluence of Europe’s debt crisis and America’s contracting defence budget has created rising expectations that China will shoulder ever greater power burdens for international stability. No longer can it keep a low profile in international strategic and economic affairs. Could it join America as a world policeman sooner than expected?

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Needed: An Economic Performance Index for Cities

Needed: An Economic Performance Index for Cities

Atlantic Cities | November 17, 2011
By Parag Khanna and Thomas Sevcik
Oil prices remain near record highs, gold has gone through the roof, technology sector equity valuations are frothing over and emerging markets are decoupling from the moribund West. As investors seek new or alternative asset classes as either safe harbors or high-return prospects, there is an essential new portfolio that needs to be developed: cities.

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Big ideas from small places

Big ideas from small places

CNN.com | November 1, 2011
In the current phase of globalization, financial, ecological, political and social crises are occurring simultaneously and magnifying each other in unpredictable ways. From the Fukushima nuclear meltdown reshaping German politics and the European power industry, to America’s sub-prime mortgage meltdown threatening the Eurozone, such chain reactions are undermining an already fragile stability.

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Colliding Forces

Colliding Forces

Financial Times | October 18, 2011
By James Crabtree
The 4,500 residents of the sleepy Italian island of Lampedusa are a community under siege. Lying only 180 miles north-west of Libya, they have found themselves at the epicentre of an international crisis as Italy struggles to cope with more than 52,000 migrants who have arrived from north Africa this year, sparking a political outcry that has rever-berated across Europe.

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From 'War on Terror' to 'New Silk Road'

From 'War on Terror' to 'New Silk Road'

CNN.com | October 7, 2011
On the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Americans are searching for a new narrative to understand their country’s role in the world. But far more than declared principles or personalities, America’s place in the world is shaped by what it does in other places. Especially overseas, societies judge us by our actions rather than our words.

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Mayor of the World: How Bloomberg Flexes New York's Diplomatic Muscle

Mayor of the World: How Bloomberg Flexes New York's Diplomatic Muscle

The Atlantic | September 21, 2011
By Parag Khanna and Mahanth Joishy
By now everyone knows the acronym “BRICS,” which formally stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, but informally has come to refer to dozens of so-called emerging markets whose natural resources and trade surpluses are making them the center of geo-economic competition.

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