The election of Donald Trump as US president shocked the world, but actually represents the growing strength of a rising tide of unrest manifested in the Occupy Wall Street movement, Arab Spring, Brexit, and other turbulent events of the past decade. What comes next? Having served as a senior geopolitical advisor to US Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, Dr. Khanna draws on his deep on-the-ground knowledge of the world’s hotspots to lay out the scenarios–both action and reaction–for American foreign policy in the coming years. Sharing the insights from his world-renowned book on grand strategy, The Second World, Dr. Khanna also lays out a vision for America’s world role resting on the four pillars of security alliances, energy exports, financial capital and advanced technology. With infrastructure playing a major role in Trump’s domestic strategy, Khanna leverages the deep analysis of infrastructure stimulus prescribed in his major recent book Connectography to explain the likely course of America’s coming overall. With enormous rifts appearing in the global economic system, how can American firms continue to access opportunities in the high-growth markets of Asia — and how should foreign firms navigate the America’s increasingly complex political system? With his newest book Technocracy in America mapping out the direction for the country’s political evolution, Dr. Khanna’s presentation is an up-to-the-minute guide for deciphering the unfolding Trump administration.
The rise of populism in Western societies in the form of Brexit and Donald Trump are a reminder that governance must constantly evolve to cope with complex 21st century challenges. Based on his two decades of observing and studying the best (and worst) governments around the world, Dr. Khanna presents the findings from his latest book Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State. He shows how the most effective governments in the world – from the Nordics, Germany and Switzerland to Singapore and China – blend democratic practice with technocratic management, balancing the interests of the public and private sectors to achieve high levels of security, prosperity and innovation. Government and corporate leaders will take away very significant insights into how business and government can better work together to achieve better governance for the turbulent years ahead.
It is time to reimagine how life is organized on Earth.
We’re accelerating into a future shaped less by countries than by connectivity. Mankind has a new maxim – Connectivity is destiny – and the most connected powers, and people, will win.
Connectography completes Parag Khanna’s trilogy on the future of world order.
In this book he guides us through the emerging global network civilization in which mega-cities compete over connectivity more than borders. His journeys take us from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, Panama City to Dubai, and the Arctic Circle to the South China Sea—all to show how 21st century conflict is a tug-of-war over pipelines and Internet cables, advanced technologies and market access.
Yet Connectography is 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.
- Managing Risks in a Complex World
The global financial crisis, Fukushima nuclear disaster, and Arab Spring are all recent “black swan” events that have rocked markets, transformed energy policy, and destabilized swaths of the planet. They came without warning but in retrospect were predictable. Today’s intensely complex and uncertain world is generating more such disruptions, potentially from the slowing Chinese economy, stalling financial and regulatory reforms, Russian geopolitical aggression, or social unrest caused by heightened income inequality. How can companies prepare for the worst and insulate themselves from the spillover effects of rippling crisis emerging from Eastern Europe, the Middle East and other hotspots, while capitalizing on stable and undervalued markets? Drawing on insights from his widely acclaimed book How to Run the World and his years of experience building scenarios and conducting strategic foresight workshops for Fortune 100 companies and innovative governments such as Dubai and Singapore, Dr. Khanna excels at the connecting the dots for corporate leaders, tailoring his presentations to diverse industries, regions and risk factors, and providing actionable roadmaps to achieve resilience.
- The Future of Globalization: Strategic Trends, Economic Competition & Technological Innovation
Globalization has withstood the financial crisis and continues to expand and integrate all markets and societies of the world. For the first time in human history, globalization is actually global, ushering in a new era of total connectivity and strategic competition. Drawing on his international bestseller The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order, Dr. Khanna provides a tour de force of the foundations of the future world order including: The new geopolitical marketplace emerging with the expanding ambitions of China, India, Brazil and Russia and the opening of new markets such as Myanmar and Iran; the competitive geo-economic environment in which western economies struggle to achieve consistent growth while emerging markets struggle with productivity and inequality; and the rise of “geo-technology” whereby leading sectors such as biotechnology, nano-technology, alternative energy and robotics will re-shape the global balance of innovation.
- Winning the Global War for Talent
A new class of global citizen is emerging led by over 250 million expatriates worldwide, more than ever in history. After decades of capitalizing on brain drain, fast-growing markets are reversing the flow of skilled managers in new directions, from North to South and West to East. Attracting the best and brightest to your country, city or company requires understanding the dynamics of global labor mobility and crafting an economic master plan to gain an edge in the war for talent. With his extensive experience advising the most innovative governments and globally distributed multinationals, Dr. Khanna provides insights and case studies that help you strategize your move up the value chain and train strong regional management.
- Billions of People, Trillions of Dollars: How Asia Will Shape the World in the Coming Decade
With over $20 trillion in annual GDP, Asia has rapidly become an economic zone on par with North America and the European Union—but encompassing more than half the world’s population and sovereign wealth as well. Asia now needs to be understood beyond China and Japan, especially as India and the Southeast Asian ASEAN nations increasingly flex their economic muscles. Outward Asian investment is on pace to reach $200 billion per year by 2020, and has already reshaped Middle Eastern energy markets, African infrastructure, North American real estate, and South American commodities. In the decades ahead, the “One Belt, One Road” initiative constructing new Silk Roads from China to Europe will create the world’s largest economic and commercial area. From his unique perch in Singapore and constant travel to the most dynamic investment destinations, Dr. Khanna explains where Asian capital is flowing and how it is transforming strategic relationships and building markets for savvy global investors.
- Mega-Trends: Technology, Cities and Map of the Future
Ubiquitous technology and urbanization are the two irrefutable mega-trends of the 21st century. Together they are remapping the world towards a hyper-connected matrix of densely populated city clusters and ultra-modern special economic zones (SEZs) that represent the new foundations of a global network economy and society. Elaborating on bold forecasts from his pioneering book Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization, Dr. Khanna provides unmatched clarity into the future and strategizes with clients to chart their own map to success.
- How to be Global: From Multinational to Metanational
Globalization is entering a new phase in which emerging and frontier markets across all geographies are becoming fully integrated into the world economy. To succeed in this global marketplace, multinational companies must learn to become metanational: truly stateless. This requires thinking long-term about new growth centers, recruiting and training an international workforce comfortable across functions and locations, developing more locally tailored products and services, and restructuring management into partnership models that devolve authority. Leveraging his extensive experience advising some of the world’s foremost global companies, Dr. Khanna shares insights and strategies tailored to your sector and priorities on how to become a truly global company.
- Asia’s Next Decade: China & Beyond
Asia has defied historical cycles and expectations with its decades long growth boom. Even as China’s economy continues to steam ahead, the Asian growth mantle is now shared with the Southeast Asian ASEAN countries and India, which are also attracting enormous foreign investment as regional cooperation knits the region’s economies closer together. With connectivity rising, capital markets deepening, trade expanding, and economies diversifying, Western corporations need robust strategies for Asia beyond China, especially as neighboring regions benefit from Chinese infrastructure investment while competing with China for supply chains. Having relocated to Singapore and providing extensive guidance to the region’s governments and companies, Parag Khanna gives audiences an insider’s view of what the coming decade holds in terms of opportunities and risks in the world’s most populous region.
- What Risks Does Chinese Capital Face Abroad?
China’s outbound investment portfolio is expanding rapidly despite the weaker RMB, with China launching the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and making large acquisitions in Western economies of equities in energy, technology, real estate, finance and other sectors. In many societies, however, there is growing backlash taking the form of investment restrictions, industrial policy, and contract cancellations. What do Chinese companies need to know about the political risks in each major market where it is making long-term investments? How should they navigate the obstacles to create mutually beneficial investments?
Dr. Khanna’s bold new book The Future is Asian presents the most comprehensive analysis of how the Asian strategic and economic system will unfold in the decade ahead. With his many years of experience advising governments and corporations across Asia and travels through Asia’s most dynamic markets and mega-cities, he confidently explains the consequences of China’s monumental Belt & Road Initiative (BRI), analyzing how Southeast Asia, India, Central Asia, Iran, Russia, the Gulf countries, Japan, and Turkey are expanding intra-Asian trade and investment linkages, how high-growth markets are modernizing and competing for industrial supply chains, and how tensions will likely play out over infrastructure projects, debt financing and technology transfer. He further highlights how the expansion of the Eurasian commercial zone is causing a rift between the US and Europe as Euro-Asian trade eclipses trans-Atlantic trade and the EU seeks greater access to the Russia, Iranian and Chinese markets. As Asian governments pursue greater access to capital markets, privatization, and important structural reforms, they are providing the next wave of high-yield investment opportunities for global investors.
“Khanna’s scholarship and foresight are world-class. (Connectography is) A must-read for the next President.” -Chuck Hagel, Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
“I’m pleased that Parag was able to speak at our Sustainable Financing Forum. We have received exceptional customer feedback on the Forum. Customers and other attendees made special mention of the quality of the speakers, the depth and breadth of insights shared and relevance of the subject matter. Please extend my thanks to Parag for his valuable contribution and for sharing his insights with such clarity.”-International Financial Institution
“Parag is a brilliant, energetic, and mesmerizing speaker who carried the opening day at our recent symposium, the largest annual gathering of geospatial intelligence practitioners in the world. Our almost 4,000 attendees bring wide-ranging areas of expertise regarding myriad emerging technologies, including remote sensing, data analytics, and intelligence for national security. They were universally blown away by Parag’s talk, and the concepts he raised were grist for superb conversations and debates during the entirety of our event.”
– Keith Masback, CEO, US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation
“Business speakers have an impossible challenge to advise, inspire and keep their audience at the edge of their seats. In looking for the right speaker, we have the added pressure to ensure our clients walk away with value for the time they set aside to listen. Parag’s presentation was thought provoking and stimulating for our sophisticated clients.”
– Kevin A. Aussef, Executive Managing Director, CBRE Capital Markets
“Parag brought a sophisticated and optimistic vision for the future of the world economy to our colleagues.”
– Goldman Sachs Asset Management
“Parag’s insight and analysis on the crucial role multi-generational families play in the world economy, and the range of investible assets that present great opportunities for the years ahead, provided Campden Wealth’s community with a stimulating and essential contribution to our North American Family Investment Conference.”
– Campden Wealth Management
“Parag was a highly rated keynote speaker at our recent European conference. During a particularly challenging and volatile time in the markets, his speech focusing on the mega-trends shaping the macro environment offered a thought provoking and cutting edge perspective for our clients.”
– Kashif Zafar, Co-Head of Global Distribution, Barclays
“Our partners and clients are seeking to understand and be confident in the face of Asia’s complex dynamics. Parag delivered the keynote address at our recent ASEAN Connections client forum in Singapore. He demonstrated a unique ability to simplify the complex and interlink geopolitical, economic and business concepts into engaging and informative discussion points, complete with the latest data and striking visuals.”
– Laura Ashton, Asia Pacific Regional Director, Baker & McKenzie
“Parag’s keynote was exactly the macro view we needed to stimulate conversations on the intersection of financial services and emerging digital technologies. Very stimulating for our executives and clients.”
“UPS’s clients are looking at logistics and digital solutions on a global scale. Dr. Khanna’s concept of the ‘supply chain world’ and his detailed analysis of the current trends in globalization and obstacles to smoother integration was exactly what we were looking for.”
– Craig Arnold, UPS
“Volatility has returned to global markets, but Dr. Khanna made a very persuasive case for the huge continued long-term opportunities in emerging markets, especially Asia. His presentation on the growing attractiveness of infrastructure as an asset class was first-rate.”
– Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
“I’m pleased that Parag was able to speak at our Sustainable Financing Forum. We have received exceptional customer feedback. Customers and other attendees made special mention of the quality of the speakers, the depth and breadth of insights shared and relevance of the subject matter. Please extend my thanks to Parag for his valuable contribution and for sharing his insights with such clarity.”
“Clyde & Co. is rapidly expanding worldwide in vital industries such as insurance, transport and infrastructure. Parag provided a sharp and rapid-fire perspective on how these crucial sectors are evolving in a volatile world and mapped out pathways that benefited all our partners. Our collective view was: ‘Wow!'”
– Clyde & Co.
“Dr. Khanna was a ‘home run’ at this year’s ECC Conference. His presentation on his original work in Connectography was a perfect fit for our conference theme of innovation. Parag was an excellent speaker with a unique presentation on taking a different perspective on world geography. His research and theories gave our conference some great insights on where we might best focus our efforts to insure sustainable future growth in global commerce.”
– Stephen Buras, Albemarle Corporation
“Dr. Khanna’s opening keynote address at our recent foreign direct investment forum was engaging, insightful and stimulating for our diverse audience of senior decision makers from government and international corporations. His thought provoking perspectives set the scene perfectly for the day ahead.”
– Financial Times Live
“Investor AB’s 100th anniversary celebration was a major milestone in one of Europe’s leading family firms. Dr. Khanna’s opening keynote speech was inspirational to our senior management and the heads of our many portfolio companies. His vision of the future is precisely what we believe all investors should focus on.”
– Investor AB (Sweden)
“Parag offered our members a knowledgeable and fascinating perspective on the ways in which an increasingly urban world will renegotiate the historical boundaries of our geopolitical landscape. The various visuals and extensive research he provided made for a fact-packed program that fully engaged everyone in the room.”
– Economic Club of Chicago