One Mega-City, Many Systems: The Evolution of Hong Kong

One Mega-City, Many Systems: The Evolution of Hong Kong

Atlantic Cities | June 21, 2012
By Parag Khanna and Thomas Sevcik
Ever since the handover of Hong Kong's sovereignty to China in 1997, land reclamation on both the island itself and from Kowloon peninsula have shrunk the breadth of Victoria harbor to a perpetually narrowing strait. This geographical trend turns out to serve as a useful metaphor for the island’s changing politics and economic orientation as China’s control deepens.

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New Cities Foundation Summit: Hard and Software City

New Cities Foundation Summit: Hard and Software City

New Cities Foundation | May 15, 2012
The traditional hardware of cities - the city's skeleton - its trains, roads, hospitals, schools, theaters, office blocks, shopping malls, energy and water grids are now increasingly connected. City dwellers are also increasingly connected to one another, to city government, and to services. Parts of that very system are increasingly connected, machine-to-machine. What impact does this interconnection have on the building, maintainance and governance of the future metropolis? What are the main trends and emerging solutions for the connected city?

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Way Beyond Facebook

Way Beyond Facebook

Esquire | June 14, 2012
By Parag Khanna
So Facebook's IPO fizzled. So its growth is slowing. So nobody's really sure what to make of the so-called second bubble in Silicon Valley, and you're sick of seeing Jamie Dimon on Capitol Hill, and have we mentioned that the job numbers aren't looking so great? But still, there's good news ahead: The world of trillion-dollar companies is still around the corner.

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Which Nation Has the Best 'Technik'?

Which Nation Has the Best 'Technik'?

Harvard Business Review | June 12, 2012
By Ayesha Khanna and Parag Khanna
Technik is about adaptability: the capacity to harness emerging technologies to improve our circumstances. In a world of such diverse political forms — democracies, monarchies, authoritarian states — we will increasingly differentiate societies on the basis not of their regime type or income, but of their capacity to harness technology. Societies that continuously upgrade their Technik will thrive.

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Why Eduardo Saverin Has Company in Singapore

Why Eduardo Saverin Has Company in Singapore

Bloomberg Businessweek | May 24, 2012
By Ayesha and Parag Khanna
It’s a cliché that the Pacific Ocean is displacing the Atlantic, that China will replace America at the top of the world’s hierarchy of power, and the East will surpass the West. The cliché is also wrong. The multipolar world we are entering will have no single winner, and the three-pillared West of the European Union, North America and Latin America remains a triangular zone of peace and foundation of global stability.

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"Hybrid reality: the emerging human-technology co-evolution" -- Oxford 21st Century School

"Hybrid reality: the emerging human-technology co-evolution" -- Oxford 21st Century School

Oxford University | April 23, 2012
In this lecture, Ayesha & Parag Khanna discuss the main characteristics of the Hybrid Age, elaborating on the notion of human-technology co-evolution and the framework of geo-technology for interpreting historical change. Particular attention is given to manifestations such as social robotics, the virtual economy, and smart cities. They also present numerous scenarios for social, economic and geopolitical disruptions that might occur in the coming decades.

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Surge of the 'Second World'

Surge of the 'Second World'

The National Interest | May-June 2012
By Parag Khanna
THE OLD Order no longer qualifies as an order. The term “world order” denotes a stable distribution of power across the world. But power concentration today is in a state of tremendous flux, characterized by rapid diffusion and entropy toward a broad set of emerging powers that now share the regional and global stage. Western-centered multilateralism represents at best a partial component of a world system that is increasingly fragmented.

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Brics may find common ground, but India must stand up for itself

Brics may find common ground, but India must stand up for itself

Financial Times | March 28, 2012
By Parag Khanna
The term “Brics” is the ultimate double-edge sword of global political economy. It connotes a set of fast-growing and increasingly influential economies (also described as “rising powers” or “second world”). But it imputes to them a sense of unity that on closer inspection may not really exist. This week’s Brics summit in New Delhi reveals the potential and flaws of both aspects of the term – and why India ultimately has to be self-reliant.

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