“Diplomacity”: Cities in a Globalized World

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Urban Hub | May 2015

In order to gain his unique insight on the past, present and future of our cities and their role in world affairs, URBAN HUB spoke with renowned expert Dr. Parag Khanna. Khanna is a global strategist, best-selling author and sought-after expert on the topics of urbanization, globalization and international affairs.

Cities make the world go round

At the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona on 19 November 2014, Parag Khanna gave a keynote speech on on “The Future of Globalization”. URBAN HUB sat down with him to talk about his presentation, but also to hear more of what he had to say about the future of cities and urbanization.

Khanna’s goal in his talk in Barcelona was to “put the evolution of cities into their historic context as the central anchors and diplomatic players of the world today.” He explained how, over the past 1,000 years, it was cities that remained the driving force of international trade over five major stages of globalization – from the trade routes of the Orient to today’s hyperconnected world.

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