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The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century
The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century
The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century
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Author: Khanna, Parag

Brand: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Color: Multicolor

Edition: Reprint

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Number Of Pages: 496

Release Date: 10-02-2009

Details: Product Description In The Second World, scholar Parag Khanna, chosen as one of Esquire’s 75 Most Influential People of the Twenty-First Century, reveals how America’s future depends on its ability to compete with the European Union and China to forge relationships with the Second World, the pivotal regions of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South America, the Middle East, and East Asia that are growing in influence and economic strength. Informed, witty, and armed with a traveler’s intuition for blending into diverse cultures, Khanna depicts second-world societies from the inside out, observing how globalization divides them into winners and losers–and shows how China, Europe, and America use their unique imperial gravities to pull the second-world countries into their orbits. Along the way, Khanna explains how Arabism and Islamism compete for the Arab soul, reveals how Iran and Saudi Arabia play the superpowers against one another, unmasks Singapore’s inspirational role in East Asia, and psychoanalyzes the second-world leaders whose decisions are reshaping the balance of power. Review “A fascinating, colorful, and always intelligent tour through a new world.” –Fareed Zakaria “A savvy, streetwise primer on dozens of individual countries that adds up to a coherent theory of global politics.” –Robert D. Kaplan “Confident in his predictions and bold in his recommendations . . . Khanna’s book is written with ambition, scope, and verve that sets it apart from the usual foreign policy tome.” –Andrei Cherny, The New York Sun “A panoramic overview that boldly addresses the dilemmas of the world that our next president will confront.” –Zbigniew Brzezinski “Khanna is something of a foreign policy whiz kid.” –Raymond Bonner, The New York Times Book Review “[A] sweeping, often audacious survey of contemporary geopolitics . . . moves at lightning speed.” –William Grimes, The New York Times About the Author Parag Khanna directs the Global Governance Initiative in the American Strategy Program of the New America Foundation. He has been a fellow at the Brookings Institution and worked for the World Economic Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations. During 2007, he was a senior geopolitical advisor to U.S. Special Operations Command. Born in India, Khanna was raised in the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Germany. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and is completing his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics. He has written for major global publications such as The New York Times and Financial Times and appeared on CNN and other television media around the world. Having traveled in close to one hundred countries. He is a member of the Explorers Club. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. INTRODUCTION: INTER-IMPERIAL RELATIONS   IN THE 1990S, as bombed-out buildings in the Balkans crumbled, who managed the reconstruction of these war-torn nations? When Mexico’s currency crashed to the point of debt default, who bailed it out? When the former Soviet republics in Central Asia were flung into independence, who settled their borders and boosted their trade?   In all three cases, the answer is an empire: the European Union, the United States, and China, respectively.   These days it is not fashionable to speak of empires. Empires are aggressive, mercantilist relics supposedly consigned to the dustbin of history with Britain, France, and Portugal’s post–World War II retrenchment from their African and Asian colonies and the 1990s collapse of the Soviet Union. Many then predicted that ethnic self-determination would drag the world into a new era of political fragmentation, as the number of countries proliferated from fewer than fifty at the end of World War II to, potentially, hundreds in the twenty-first century, with every minority getting its own state, currency, and seat in the United Nations.   But for thousands

EAN: 9780812979848

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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