Nik Gowing

In this provocative book, Parag Khanna turns on its head much of the assumed reality of 21st century power. He suggests that in almost every way modern life is now a retreat to medievalism. Governments no longer have a monopoly on high policy and running countries; NGOs are increasingly more effective; corporations are the new glue. He identifies a new technologically enabled ‘mega-diplomacy’ operating across almost every community which is creating new unity and marginalizing ideology. Rather than being perfect, it is a new form of accommodation. The concern in this medievalist world is: Who now has the responsibility? Parag Khanna goes a long way to suggesting answers that many will find uncomfortable.

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