The new Smithsonian exhibit on Indian-Americans is great—if only it were 1985

The new Smithsonian exhibit on Indian-Americans is great—if only it were 1985

Quartz | February 27, 2014
By S. Mitra Kalita
I don’t envy the curator’s task. Trying to explain India, with all its dichotomies and contradictions, is a tall order. But trying to define Indian-Americans is an absolute setup for failure. Why? Because we don’t really exist in that form anymore. No group better symbolizes the fluidity of identity that technology and the global economy makes possible today.

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Dubai optimism fails to mask concerns on overheating risk

Dubai optimism fails to mask concerns on overheating risk

Financial Times | December 27, 2013
By Simeon Kerr
Four years after a sovereign debt crisis thrust Dubai on to the front pages for all the wrong reasons, the Gulf city-state is celebrating a trade and tourism-led renaissance. Last month’s decision to award the World Expo 2020 to the United Arab Emirates’ commercial hub gave the once-bruised city a much-needed international stamp of approval. Hosting the event is expected to deliver a two per cent boost to GDP.

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Saudi Arabia’s commercial class looks to future

Saudi Arabia’s commercial class looks to future

AL Monitor | December 23, 2013
By Parag Khanna
JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia has been making headlines these days for its opposition to the US-led negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Should Iran genuinely halt its nuclear program and take advantage of reduced sanctions to gradually reintegrate peacefully into the region, there could be a significant geopolitical realignment in the Middle East. Compounding Saudi fears is the rapidly diminishing Western need for its oil reserves as the US taps massive shale gas deposits, in addition to many countries seeking to transition away from oil. Combined with the continued instability surrounding it — from Egypt to Syria and Iraq — the Saudis are rightly paranoid about a scenario of diminished strategic relevance.

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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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