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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