Why Eduardo Saverin Has Company in Singapore

Why Eduardo Saverin Has Company in Singapore

Bloomberg Businessweek | May 24, 2012
By Ayesha and Parag Khanna
It’s a cliché that the Pacific Ocean is displacing the Atlantic, that China will replace America at the top of the world’s hierarchy of power, and the East will surpass the West. The cliché is also wrong. The multipolar world we are entering will have no single winner, and the three-pillared West of the European Union, North America and Latin America remains a triangular zone of peace and foundation of global stability.

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"Hybrid reality: the emerging human-technology co-evolution" -- Oxford 21st Century School

"Hybrid reality: the emerging human-technology co-evolution" -- Oxford 21st Century School

Oxford University | April 23, 2012
In this lecture, Ayesha & Parag Khanna discuss the main characteristics of the Hybrid Age, elaborating on the notion of human-technology co-evolution and the framework of geo-technology for interpreting historical change. Particular attention is given to manifestations such as social robotics, the virtual economy, and smart cities. They also present numerous scenarios for social, economic and geopolitical disruptions that might occur in the coming decades.

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Surge of the 'Second World'

Surge of the 'Second World'

The National Interest | May-June 2012
By Parag Khanna
THE OLD Order no longer qualifies as an order. The term “world order” denotes a stable distribution of power across the world. But power concentration today is in a state of tremendous flux, characterized by rapid diffusion and entropy toward a broad set of emerging powers that now share the regional and global stage. Western-centered multilateralism represents at best a partial component of a world system that is increasingly fragmented.

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Brics may find common ground, but India must stand up for itself

Brics may find common ground, but India must stand up for itself

Financial Times | March 28, 2012
By Parag Khanna
The term “Brics” is the ultimate double-edge sword of global political economy. It connotes a set of fast-growing and increasingly influential economies (also described as “rising powers” or “second world”). But it imputes to them a sense of unity that on closer inspection may not really exist. This week’s Brics summit in New Delhi reveals the potential and flaws of both aspects of the term – and why India ultimately has to be self-reliant.

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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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From 'War on Terror' to 'New Silk Road'

From 'War on Terror' to 'New Silk Road'

CNN.com | October 7, 2011
On the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Americans are searching for a new narrative to understand their country’s role in the world. But far more than declared principles or personalities, America’s place in the world is shaped by what it does in other places. Especially overseas, societies judge us by our actions rather than our words.

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Mayor of the World: How Bloomberg Flexes New York's Diplomatic Muscle

Mayor of the World: How Bloomberg Flexes New York's Diplomatic Muscle

The Atlantic | September 21, 2011
By Parag Khanna and Mahanth Joishy
By now everyone knows the acronym “BRICS,” which formally stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, but informally has come to refer to dozens of so-called emerging markets whose natural resources and trade surpluses are making them the center of geo-economic competition.

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