An ever-increasing proliferation of cross-border connectivity, between people, companies, cities and nations, is reshaping the world for ever
Which lines on the map matter most?
It is time to reimagine how life is organized on Earth. We're accelerating into a future shaped less by countries than by connectivity. A world in which the most connected powers, and people, will win.
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.
Yet CONNECTOGRAPHY offers a hopeful vision of the future. Khanna argues that new energy discoveries and innovations have eliminated the need for resource wars, global financial assets are being deployed to build productive infrastructure that can reduce inequality, and frail regions such as Africa and the Middle East are unscrambling their fraught colonial borders through ambitious new transportation corridors and power grids.
Beneath the chaos of a world that appears to be falling apart is a new foundation of connectivity pulling it together.
For those who fear that the world is becoming too inward-looking, CONNECTOGRAPHY is a refreshing, optimistic vision - THE ECONOMIST
Incredible . . . We don't often question the typical world map that hangs on the walls of classrooms - a patchwork of yellow, pink and green that separates the world into more than two hundred nations. But Parag Khanna, a global strategist, says that this map is, essentially, obsolete . . . With the world rapidly changing and urbanizing, [Khanna's] proposals might be the best way to confront a radically different future - WASHINGTON POST
Parag Khanna has vision
A great feat of reportage - Financial Times on The Second World
Parag Khanna is Managing Partner of FutureMap, a scenario planning and strategic advisory firm. He has been a fellow at Brookings, New America, and the Lee Kuan Yew School at the National University of Singapore, as well as an adviser to the US National Intelligence Council and US Special Operations Forces. Khanna holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and bachelor's and masters' degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.