UNICEF Q&A on "The State of the World’s Children 2012 – Children in an Urban World"

UNICEF Q&A on "The State of the World’s Children 2012 – Children in an Urban World"

UNICEF | March 1, 2012
“If children’s rights will be achieved anywhere, it will certainly be in the cities.” On the occasion of the launch of The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World, UNICEF’s communication specialist Tobias Dierks asked Parag Khanna, one of the world’s leading geo-strategists, what impact urbanization has on our lives, why he thinks that cities are the “locus of global problem-solving” and how children’s rights can best be protected in an urban world.

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The Persistent Myths of 'Soft Power'

The Persistent Myths of 'Soft Power'

LSE IDEAS | January 14, 2012
By Parag Khanna
Like ‘Clash of Civilizations,’ the repetitive dissection of ‘soft power’ over time has only further muddied and corrupted whatever utility the phrase might once have had in its original formulation. Both terms are provocative rejoinders to the spirit of the times, but neither is analytically rigorous enough to improve policy. If anything, their endless hijacking has derailed serious policy discussions, diluting them into sophomoric academic stand-offs.

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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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