Gulf states key to world that is now Asia First

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Arab News | 10 January 2019

By Jennifer Bell

There is no such thing as the "Middle East." Most Arabs should identify themselves with the geography of West Asia and seize up the emerging Arab-Asian nexus, as Dr. Khanna explains in this feature interview with Arab News.

Saudi Arabia and the wider Gulf must consider themselves part of Asia, and leaders in the region must understand that their countries’ economies are a vital link in the Silk Road if they are to be major players on the global stage. In his soon-to-be-released book “The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict and Culture in the 21st Century,” Parag Khanna, a leading geopolitical expert, discusses the changing power dynamic that is resulting from the US-China trade war, and writes about how an “irreversibly Asianized” world is seeing its center of gravity shift eastward. 

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