Episode #39: The Future of the Global Economy with Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a CNN Global Contributor and Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm. Parag's latest book is Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016).

He is also co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012) and author of the award-winning How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011) and the international bestseller The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), which was translated into more than twenty languages. In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.”

Amongst his many endeavours and achievements, Parag has been an adviser to the U.S. National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 program, and served in the foreign policy advisory group to the Barack Obama for President campaign. From 2006-2015 he was a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation. During 2007 he served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a senior geopolitical adviser to United States Special Operations Forces.


Topics Discussed:

- How megacities are changing the map of the world

- How small, traditionally powerless counties can become empowered as they shift from political geography to functional geography

- The growing disparity between infrastructure spending and defence spending

- Why China is racing ahead of the US and how the latter can close the gap

- The concept of Sustainable Urbanisation

- How technology and new energy discoveries are harnessing more peaceful societies

- The implications of the 2 billion people about to come online in developing economies


Show Notes:

Parag's website - www.paragkhanna.com/

Parag's books:


Parag's Twitter - twitter.com/paragkhanna

Parag's TED talk: 'Mapping the Future of Countries' -https://www.ted.com/talks/parag_khanna_maps_the_future_of_countries



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