Parag Khanna

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Parag Khanna
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Born 1977 (1977) (age 38)
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Occupation Author, analyst
Nationality American

Parag Khanna (born 1977) is an Indian American author and international relations expert. He is the author of How to Run the World: Charting the Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), both published by Random House, and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012), published by TED Books. Khanna attended the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and Freie Universität Berlin, majoring in international affairs and then earning a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and a minor in Philosophy, and a Master of Arts in Security Studies. He received his PhD in international relations at the London School of Economics.[1]

Khanna is a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, which he says he was drawn to because of its radical centrist orientation.[2] He is also a Senior Fellow of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a Visiting Fellow of LSE IDEAS, and a Senior Fellow of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. In 2013 he was an adjunct professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He has worked as an analyst for the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Economic Forum and the Brookings Institution, where he was the Global Governance Fellow. In 2007, he was a geopolitical advisor to the United States Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a member of the Board of Independent Diplomat and the New Cities Foundation. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Khanna is a columnist for and regularly appears on CNN, BBC, CNBC, and other international television networks His essay, "Waving Goodbye to Hegemony", was the cover story on the New York Times Magazine on January 27, 2008.[3] He coined the term "geopolitical marketplace" to refer to the dynamic where the superpowers (US, EU and China) compete for the influence of the "second world." By "second world," Khanna refers to those pivotal regions in the Middle East, Latin America, Central and South Asia, East Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe. Countries in the second world, like Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Colombia, Brazil, India, Russia, Libya, Vietnam and Malaysia, simultaneously have both first world and third world characteristics. They engage in multi-alignment vis-a-vis the US, EU, and China.

Khanna currently resides in Singapore with his wife, Ayesha Khanna, daughter Zara and son Zubin.


  • The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order. Random House, 2008. ISBN 1-4000-6508-9
  • How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance. Random House, 2011. ISBN 1-4000-6827-4
  • Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization. TED, 2012. ASIN B0085BLPW8


  1. ^ Khanna, Parag (2008). Biography. Retrieved April 16, 2008.
  2. ^ Khanna, Parag (August 25, 2010). "De Facto with Parag Khanna, Part Six". Interview by unidentified host for NTV, Mongolian television. Pertinent passage begins at 5 mins. 40 secs. Retrieved April 7, 2013.
  3. ^ New York Times Magazine (2008). "Waving Goodbye to Hegemony". Retrieved April 16, 2008.

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