The Lines that Matter Most
It is time to reimagine how life is organized on Earth.
Global strategist Parag Khanna maps our hyper-
connected planet in Connectography, available April 19.
Khanna's scholarship and foresight are world-class. A must-read for the next President.”
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
We’re accelerating into a future shaped less by countries than by connectivity. Mankind has a new maxim – Connectivity is destiny – and the most connected powers, and people, will win.
Connectography completes Parag Khanna’s trilogy on the future of world order.
In this book he guides us through the emerging global network civilization in which mega-cities compete over connectivity more than borders. His journeys take us from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, Panama City to Dubai, and the Arctic Circle to the South China Sea—all to show how 21st century conflict is a tug-of-war over pipelines and Internet cables, advanced technologies and market access.
Yet Connectography is a hopeful vision of the future. Khanna argues that new energy discoveries and innovations have eliminated the need for resource wars, global financial assets are being deployed to build productive infrastructure that can reduce inequality, and frail regions such as Africa and the Middle East are unscrambling their fraught colonial borders through ambitious new transportation corridors and power grids. Beneath the chaos of a world that appears to be falling apart is a new foundation of connectivity pulling it together.
Connectography is ahead of the curve in seeing the battlefield of the future, and the new kind of tug-of-war being waged on it. Khanna's scholarship and foresight are world-class. A must-read for the next President.
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
This is probably the most global book ever written. It is intensely specific while remaining broad and wide. Its takeaway is that infrastructure is destiny: Follow the supply lines outlined in this book to see where the future flows.
Senior Maverick, WIRED
Khanna's new book is a brilliant exploration of supply-chain geopolitics and how the intersection of technology with geography is reshaping the global political economy. It is an intellectual tour de force that sparkles with original insights, stimulating assertions, little-known facts, and well-researched predictions.
Chas W. Freeman, Jr.,
Chairman, U.S. China Policy Foundation, and former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Connectography proves why the past is no longer prologue to the future. There’s no better guide than Parag Khanna to show us all the possibilities of this new hyper-connected world.
Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative at the Atlantic Council, and former Counselor, U.S. National Intelligence Council
Khanna imagines a near-future in which infrastructural and economic connections supersede traditional geopolitical coordinates as the primary means of navigating our world. He makes a persuasive case: Connectography is as compelling and richly expressive as the ancient maps from which it draws its inspiration.
Sir Martin Sorrell,
Founder and CEO, WPP
Reading Connectography is a real adventure. The expert knowledge of Parag Khanna has produced a comprehensive and fascinating book anchored in geography but extending out to every field that connects people around the globe. His deep insight into communications, logistics and the many other globally critical areas is remarkable. An invaluable resource for anyone involved in business, science, arts or any other field.
Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group
Parag Khanna’s latest book provides an invaluable guide to the volatile, confusing worlds of early 21st century geopolitics. A provocative remapping of contemporary capitalism based on planetary mega-infrastructures, inter-continental corridors of connectivity and transnational supply chains rather than traditional political borders.
Director, Urban Theory Lab, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
To get where you want to go, it helps to have a good map. In Connectography, Parag Khanna surveys the economic, political and technological landscape and lays out the case for why ‘competitive connectivity’--with cities and supply chains as the vital nodes--is the true arms race of the 21st century. This bold reframing is an exciting addition to our ongoing debate about geopolitics and the future of globalization.
Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
In high style, Parag Khanna re-imagines the world through the lens of globally connected supply-chain networks. It is a world still fraught with perils — old and new — but one ever more likely to nurture peace and sustain progress.
Professor, United States Naval Postgraduate School
Connectography gives the reader an amazing new view of human society, bypassing the time-worn categories frameworks we usually use. It shows us a view of our world as a living thing that really exists: the flows of people, ideas, and materials that constitute our constantly-evolving reality. Connectography is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the future of humanity.
Professor, MIT Media Lab
Take what you think you know about globalization. Now add steroids. A well-traveled, well-informed guide, Khanna presents a consistently interesting, almost wholly persuasive vision of a future in which flow prevails over friction, where globalization's new scale, depth, and intensity reshape the map we thought we knew.