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Parag Khanna (born 1977) is a leading global strategist, international relations expert, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a CNN Global Contributor and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a geostrategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a boutique content strategy agency.
- 1 Background
- 2 Books
- 3 Career
- 4 Government Service
- 5 TED
- 6 Awards
- 7 Personal
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Khanna was born in Kanpur, India on July 27, 1977. His childhood was spent between India and the United Arab Emirates before his family moved to New York City. For his final year at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York, Khanna moved to Flensburg, Germany, as an exchanged student and attended the Altes Gymnasium where he completed the requirements for an Abitur degree.
Khanna attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, earning a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs in 1999, and a minor degree in Philosophy from Georgetown’s College of Arts & Sciences. He also earned a Master of Arts in Security Studies from Georgetown in 2005. In 2010, he received his PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order
Khanna’s first book was The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order, published by Random House in 2008 (ISBN 1-4000-6508-9). It was an international bestseller and translated into more than twenty languages. The book was serialized as a cover story for the New York Times Magazine titled “Waving Goodbye to Hegemony.” It immediately became globally debated and influential essays since the end of the Cold War. The paperback edition released in 2009 carried the subtitle “How Emerging Powers are Redefining Global Competition in the 21st Century.”
Khanna traveled to more than 40 countries to research The Second World. In the book, he coins the term “geopolitical marketplace” to refer to the dynamic where the superpowers (US, EU and China) compete for the influence in emerging markets that he refers to as “second world,” which are pivotal regions in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and East Asia. Countries in the second world, like Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Turkey,Kazakhstan, Malaysia, and many others simultaneously have both first world and third world characteristics. They engage in multi-alignment vis-a-vis the US, EU, and China to gain maximum diplomatic leverage. The book’s style is a mix of narrative reportage and grand strategy analysis.
How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance
In 2011, Khanna’s sequel to The Second World was published by Random House (ISBN 1-4000-6827-4). Titled How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance. The book argues that the international system is entering a “new Middle Ages” in two respects: It is multi-polar and multi-civilizational as was the world system approximately one thousand years ago, and also because power is fragmented across empires, nations, city-states, companies, non-state groups and other actors. Khanna advances the notion of “mega-diplomacy” among these diverse players to tackle global challenges from terrorism to climate change. The book contributes to the field of global governance.
Mapping the Future
A completion of Khanna’s trilogy on world order is expected to be published by Penguin Random House on May 2016, and is tentatively titled Mapping the Future: Why Connectivity is Destiny.
Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization
Parag Khanna, together with Ayesha Khanna, is the co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization, published by TED Books in 2012 (ISBN 9781937382162) In the tradition of futurist couple Alvin Toffler & Heidi Toffler, the Khannas describe the frontier of the information revolution as the “Hybrid Age” of human-technology co-evolution. They argue that the “balance of innovation” has superseded the military “balance of power” as a measure of national potential, and that individuals should focus on building not just IQ or EQ but “TQ” (technology quotient). They conclude with a call to harness emerging technologies to bring about an equitable and sustainable Pax Technologica.
Most recently, Khanna was a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, from 2002-2005, he was a Global Governance Fellow at the Brookings Institution. From 2000-2002 he worked at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. From 1999-2000, he was a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
His other affiliations include: Senior Fellow of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (2012-2014), Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS (2011-2013), Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (2011-2013), Distinguished Visitor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin, Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly, Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, Non-Resident Associate of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi.
A widely cited global intellectual, Khanna appears frequently in media around the world such as CNN, BBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera, and other international broadcasters. His articles have appeared in major international publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, Quartz, Foreign Policy, Harper’s, BusinessWeek, The Guardian, The National Interest, McKinsey Quarterly, The American Interest, Esquire, Slate.com, and Die Zeit.
In 2010 he became the first video-blogger for ForeignPolicy.com, and from 2010-2012 co-authored the Hybrid Reality blog on BigThink. From 2008-2009, Parag was the host of “InnerView” on MTV.
He is a contributing editor to WorldPost by Huffington Post, and serves on the editorial board of the Global Policy Journal. He also serves on the advisory board of Independent Diplomat and board of trustees of the New Cities Foundation.
Parag has been an adviser to the U.S. National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 program, which produced the “Alternative Worlds” report in 2014. In 2008, he contributed to the foreign policy advisory group of the Barack Obama Presidential campaign. During 2007 he served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a senior geopolitical adviser to United States Special Operations Forces.
Khanna has participated in multiple TED conferences. In 2009 he gave a keynote talk at TED Global in Oxford, England on “Invisible Maps.” He was also a guest host of TED Global 2012, held in Edinburgh, Scotland, whose theme was “Radical Openness.” He curated a session of speakers on the theme of “The Upside of Transparency” including Sanjay Pradhan, Beth Noveck, Heather Brooke, Marc Goodman and DeyanSudjic.
Khanna was awarded the OECD Future Leaders Prize in 2002. In 2008, he was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century”, and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List”.
Khanna has been honored as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and currently serves on the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Geo-economics and advisory board of its Future of Urban Development Initiative. He has received research grants from the United Nations Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, and Ford Foundation.
Khanna currently resides in Singapore with his wife, Ayesha Khanna, who is a technology and education entrepreneur, and their two children, daughter Zara and son Zubin.
- Parag Khanna at the New America Foundation
- Personal website of Parag Khanna
- Speaking Agent – The Insight Bureau
- Appearances on C-SPAN