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Parag Khanna


Leading global strategist, world traveller and best-selling author

Highly respected media commentator on international affairs

Named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century”

Dr. Parag Khanna is the leading next-generation voice on the nexus between international affairs, economics and technology. Named one of Esquire magazine’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century” and at the top of Wired magazine’s Smart List, Parag was a foreign policy advisor to President Barack Obama during his historic presidential campaign.

A widely cited global intellectual, Parag is regularly featured in media around the world such as the New York Times, TIME, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal, and appears frequently on CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, PBS, and NPR. He also gives frequent executive briefings to government leaders and major corporations on global trends, systemic risks, future scenarios, economic master planning, emerging market strategies, and technological disruptions.

Parag is the author of the international best-seller “The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the 21st Century” (Penguin, 2008), which has been translated into 15 languages. Here, Parag heralded China’s arrival as a superpower, foresaw the political power of Asian and Arab state-capitalism and sovereign wealth funds, depicted the growth of today’s thriving cross-emerging market trade patterns, predicted that the Arab world was “ripe for revolution”, and warned that poor infrastructure threatens American competitiveness.

In “How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance” (Random House, 2011), Parag provides a roadmap to establishing a more resilient world order. “Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization” (TED Conferences, 2012), explores how the “balance of innovation” has superseded the military “balance of power” as a measure of national potential. It provides a global tour of how the smartest countries, cities, and companies are harnessing new technologies to gain an edge.

His latest book, “Connectography: mapping the future of global civilization” (Random House, 2016), argues that nations’ fates will no longer be determined by geography, but by the strength of their relationships with other nations.

Speaking topics:

  • Connectography
  • Managing Risks in a Complex World
  • The Future of Globalization: Strategic Trends, Economic Competition & Technological Innovation
  • Winning the Global War for Talent
  • Billions of People, Trillions of Dollars: How Asia Will Shape the World in the Coming Decade
  • Mega-Trends: Technology, Cities & Map of the Future
  • How to be Global: From Multinational to Metanational
  • Asia’s Next Decade: China & Beyond


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Our Comment

"Parag is a geopolitical and economic analyst, futurist and commentator in the mould of Niall Ferguson. Naturally provocative and in growing demand around the world, he argues that "geo-technology" is the new paradigm shaping the world order: it is a nation’s ability to innovate and attract global talent, not its military power, that will determine its future potential. Parag is also a leading speaker on managing risk in a complex world, megatrends, and how Asia will shape the world in the coming decade."

"I want you to reimagine how life is organized on earth," says global strategist Parag Khanna.

TEDtalk: How megacities are changing the map of the world (2016)

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The Future of Globalisation (2012)

TEDtalk: Mapping the Future of Countries (2009)

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Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution by Parag Khanna

Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution by Parag Khanna

In Connectography, Parag Khanna guides us through the emerging global network civilization in which mega-cities compete over connectivity and borders are increasingly irrelevant. He travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, London to Dubai and the Arctic Circle to the South China Sea – all to show how twenty-first-century conflict is a tug-of-war over pipelines and internet cables, advanced technologies and market access.

Technocracy in America: And the Rise of the Info-State by Parag Khanna


Technocracy in America: And the Rise of the Info-State by Parag Khanna

American democracy just isn’t good enough anymore. A costly election has done more to divide American society than unite it, while trust in government–and democracy itself–is plummeting. But there are better systems out there, and America would be wise to learn from them. In this provocative manifesto, globalization scholar Parag Khanna tours cutting-edge nations from Switzerland to Singapore to reveal the inner workings that allow them that lead the way in managing the volatility of a fast-changing world while delivering superior welfare and prosperity for their citizens.


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