Singapore is already a global city -- Straits Times

Singapore is already a global city -- Straits Times

The Straits Times | December 2, 2013
By Cassandra Chew
BY SEVERAL counts, Singapore is a global city and does not need to advertise itself as one, academic Parag Khanna has argued. At The Straits Times Global Outlook Forum last Friday, he said Singapore fulfilled many of the characteristics of a global city, which to him is one that is stable, wealthy, diverse, connected, creative and a role model for others.

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Racing into the Future: Migration, Automation, Urbanization

Racing into the Future: Migration, Automation, Urbanization

Human Capital Leadership Summit | September 11, 2013
Global trends such as rising urbanisation, migration, automation, and corporate citizenship will have a profound impact on the Asian workplace of the future. In this session, Dr. Parag Khanna of the Hybrid Reality Institute presents each of these issues while sparking a debate on whether they are beneficial or detrimental. Mr. Richard Owens, Executive Vice President, Customer Solutions and Innovation, DHL, and Mr. Ramachandran Rajamanickam, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Abbott Nutrition International, also weigh in with their thoughts on these issues.

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The End of the Nation-State?

The End of the Nation-State?

The New York Times | October 13, 2013
By Parag Khanna
Every five years, the United States National Intelligence Council, which advises the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, publishes a report forecasting the long-term implications of global trends. Earlier this year it released its latest report, “Alternative Worlds,” which included scenarios for how the world would look a generation from now.

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Supply Chain Global Governance

Supply Chain Global Governance

The Economist Management Blog | September 16, 2013
By Parag Khanna
Five years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the post-financial crisis world has played out quite differently from the dominant narrative of the immediate aftermath. Then it was predicted that globalization could rapidly unravel, export-led emerging markets would slump, and the private sector would be massively re-regulated. Instead, cross-border trade and investment have exceeded 2007 levels, emerging market growth has been robust, and corporations have proven quite nimble in limiting overly onerous regulation.

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Time for an ASEAN Dream - Asia

Time for an ASEAN Dream - Asia

CNN.com | August 15, 2013
By Parag Khanna
Over the past year I've revisited a host of Southeast Asian countries I first began traveling in more than a decade ago. The region's progress has been remarkable both in terms of overall economic growth and the promising opening of formerly isolated nations like Myanmar. With China's slowing growth and rising wages, investors and exporters are searching for new long-term opportunities and sites of production. The time of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has come.

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Sophisticated Singapore - Diplomacy

Sophisticated Singapore - Diplomacy

The Straits Times | July 3, 2013
By Parag Khanna
Precisely one year since my family's arrival in Singapore, the honeymoon seems far from over. In my last column, I had written about Singapore's many hidden virtues and how such traits can help reboot the country's international brand. I continue to wonder why, of the many adjectives that Singapore is associated with – wealthy, efficient, smart, clean, strict – one does not hear the word "sophisticated" mentioned often.

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Chinese Cities Show up on the Global Radar

Chinese Cities Show up on the Global Radar

China Daily | June 6, 2013
By Parag Khanna and JT Singh
Although we might know better, it's still common to think of China as a monolithic whole. But it is high time to unlearn this habit and correctly perceive China's diversity. And the most effective "New China" model of all views the vast nation through its cities, and understands China not as one big country but rather as a network of dynamic urban economies.

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Nations are no longer driving globalization - cities are

Nations are no longer driving globalization - cities are

Quartz | May 3, 2013
By Michlele Acuto and Parag Khanna
Urbanization has already declared itself the mega-trend of the 21st century, with half the world’s population now living in cities for the first time in human history. While the implications for economic growth have been widely discussed, urbanization’s impact on diplomacy and sovereignty will be equally profound.

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Is Dubai the Center of the World (Again)?

Is Dubai the Center of the World (Again)?

CNN.com | May 3, 2013
By Parag Khanna
During London Mayor Boris Johnson's recent visit to Dubai on an investment promotion trip, he jokingly declared that he is "mayor of the eighth emirate." Though uttered in typical self-deprecating jest, the mayor of the world's greatest city proclaiming that London is a mere province of the United Arab Emirates is revealing about how Dubai's fortunes have revived since the punishing real estate crash and debt restructuring following the financial crisis.

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The Generative City

The Generative City

Urban Solutions | February 2013
By Ayesha and Parag Khanna
Great cities will be increasingly distinguished by their capacity to produce inclusive, sustainable and innovative outcomes. These cities will be driven by empowered citizens, ubiquitous technologies and policies that enable the actors of the generative city to collaborate on boundary-breaking projects that redefine the way we work, live and play.

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Startup Sovereigns

Startup Sovereigns

Foreign Policy | February 8, 2013
By Parag Khanna and Sawsan Gad
The competition for authority within and between states is as intense as ever in history. And it's due not just to the current wave of democratic experimentation occurring across Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, but also the rising power of corporations, NGOs, religious groups, terrorists, and other individuals who today are financially, militarily, and technologically empowered like never before.

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Investors, beware: It’s a bumpy ride on the new Burma Road

Investors, beware: It’s a bumpy ride on the new Burma Road

Quartz | 31 January 2013
By Parag Khanna
Myanmar began and ended 2012 as the frontier market on everyone’s mind. As a large, populous and strategically located country, Myanmar naturally invites the imagination to marvel at its possibilities—and investment opportunities. The powers that be are keen to modernize but still cautious about how quickly they open up.

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