The Power of Moore's Law in a World of Geotechnology

The Power of Moore's Law in a World of Geotechnology

The National Interest | January-February 2013
By Marc Goodman and Parag Khanna
WHILE CYBERSPACE and social media have grabbed global headlines in recent years, other major technology clusters will have an even more seismic impact on geopolitics in coming decades. They include biotechnology, robotics and artificial intelligence. Indeed, these technologies are coming of age and experiencing exponential innovation as well as growth—and not just in the United States. New contenders, including Asian state-run laboratories, corporate investors, DIY/maker groups, terrorists and organized criminals are all competing to harness and leverage technology in pursuit of their interests. In this rapidly changing environment, America risks having its international dominance undermined by these emerging technologies and players, much as Arab despots have been overthrown by protesters empowered in part by social media.

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India Should Embrace Technology

India Should Embrace Technology

Hindustan Times | November 16, 2012
By Gaurav Chowdhury
India needs to quickly embrace technology, modernise retail trade and focus on infrastructure development to spin jobs and boost incomes. If it fails to do so, the growth process may leave behind a significant section of the population and bring on socio-political upheavals that the country can ill-afford, leading geo-strategist Parag Khanna has cautioned.

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Does Norway Hold the Key to Solving South China Sea Dispute?

Does Norway Hold the Key to Solving South China Sea Dispute?

CNN.com | November 14, 2012
By Parag Khanna and John Gilman
The South China Sea has returned to the geopolitical spotlight, eclipsing the Taiwan Straits as the region's most volatile flashpoint. But quite unlike the Taiwan or the associated Quemoy/Matsu dispute, the South China Sea's claimant nations are at least as interested in developing the region's economic potential as they are in asserting sovereignty and building military bases.

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Why Syria's Fragmentation Is Turkey's Opportunity

Why Syria's Fragmentation Is Turkey's Opportunity

The Atlantic | October 24, 2012
By Soner Cagaptay and Parag Khanna
One-and-a-half years into Syria's civil war, the latest chapter is the armed hostility between Syria and Turkey, once a friend of the Assad regime. A century ago, it was Western powers that dismantled and carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I. Today, Turkey can place itself in the driver's seat of shaping the borders of the emerging Near East map.

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The new Silk Road is made of iron — and stretches from Scotland to Singapore

The new Silk Road is made of iron — and stretches from Scotland to Singapore

Quartz | September 28, 2012
By Parag Khanna
At some point in the next 200 million years, according to Yale University scientists, the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates will collide at the North Pole. When they are eventually joined by Africa, the singular super-continent will re-emerge, reminiscent of the Pangea that existed hundreds of millions of years ago.

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The New World

The New World

The New York Times | September 22, 2012
By Frank Jacobs and Parag Khanna
IT has been just over 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the last great additions to the world’s list of independent nations. As Russia’s satellite republics staggered onto the global stage, one could be forgiven for thinking that this was it: the end of history, the final major release of static energy in a system now moving very close to equilibrium.

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How Multi-Stakeholder is Global Policy?

How Multi-Stakeholder is Global Policy?

Global Policy | September 2012
By Parag Khanna
This article provides a snapshot of the increasing extensiveness of multi-stakeholder processes through a conceptual overview and an empirical survey, highlighting instances in which various actor pillars (governments, intergovernmental organisations, civil society organisations, corporations, etc.) have begun to expand their membership and participation to include other stakeholders.

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Parag and Ayesha Khanna foresee a hybrid future, and it’s great

Parag and Ayesha Khanna foresee a hybrid future, and it’s great

The Washington Post | July 3, 2012
By Chris Schroeder
"Globalization” isn’t a popular word in political circles these days, but authors Parag and Ayesha Khanna are making it their life’s mission to change that. In their new e-book, “Hybrid Reality,” the couple argue that the burgeoning forces of worldwide connectedness and shared innovation will open opportunities to all who understand and embrace them.

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The upside and downside of transparency: Q&A with TEDGlobal guest host Parag Khanna

The upside and downside of transparency: Q&A with TEDGlobal guest host Parag Khanna

TED.com | June 24, 2012
By Helen Walter
No stranger to the TED stage himself, geo-strategist and author Parag Khanna is curating one of the sessions at this year’s TEDGlobal. “The Upside of Transparency” promises to be enlightening, thought-provoking — and perhaps just a little bit scary. Helen Walters recently talked to Parag in London. An edited version of their conversation follows.

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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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