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    Parag Khanna(Author)

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Which lines on the map matter most?

It's time to reimagine how life is organized on Earth. In Connectography, Parag Khanna guides us through the emerging global network civilization in which mega-cities compete over connectivity and borders are increasingly irrelevant. Travelling across the world, Khanna shows how twenty-first-century conflict is a tug-of-war over pipelines and Internet cables, advanced technologies and market access.

Yet Connectography also offers a hopeful vision of the future - beneath the chaos of a world that appears to be falling apart, a new foundation of connectivity is pulling it together.

'Parag Khanna has vision' (Nassim Nicholas Taleb)'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)'Clear and coherent . . . Khanna provides a rare account of the physical infrastructure of globalization. . . . Khanna also provides a well-researched account of how companies are weaving ever more complicated supply chains that pull the world together even as they squeeze out inefficiencies. . . . [He] has succeeded in demonstrating that the forces of globalization are winning the battle for connected space, building tunnels, bridges and pipelines at an astonishing pace' (Adrian Woolridge Wall Street Journal)'For those who fear that the world is becoming too inward-looking, Connectography is a refreshing, optimistic vision' (The Economist)'Khanna imagines a near-future in which infrastructural and economic connections supersede traditional geopolitical coordinates as the primary means of navigating our world. He makes a persuasive case: Connectography is as compelling and richly expressive as the ancient maps from which it draws its inspiration' (Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and CEO, WPP)'This is probably the most global book ever written. It is intensely specific while remaining broad and wide. Its takeaway is that infrastructure is destiny: follow the supply lines outlined in this book to see where the future flows' (Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick Wired)'Reading Connectography is a real adventure. The expert knowledge of Parag Khanna has produced a comprehensive and fascinating book anchored in geography but extending out to every field that connects people around the globe. His deep insight into communications, logistics and the many other globally critical areas is remarkable' (Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group)'From Lagos, Mumbai, Dubai and Singapore to the Amazon, the Himalayas, the Arctic and the Gobi desert steppe, Parag Khanna's latest book provides an invaluable guide to the volatile, confusing worlds of early twenty-first-century geopolitics. A provocative remapping of contemporary capitalism based on planetary mega-infrastructures, inter-continental corridors of connectivity and transnational supply chains rather than traditional political borders' (Neil Brenner, Director, Urban Theory Lab, Harvard University Graduate School of Design)'In high style, Parag Khanna reimagines the world through the lens of globally connected supply-chain networks. It is a world still fraught with perils - old and new - but one ever more likely to nurture peace and sustain progress' (John Arquilla, United States Naval Postgraduate School)'To get where you want to go, it helps to have a good map. In Connectography, Parag Khanna surveys the economic, political and technological landscape and lays out the case for why "competitive connectivity" - with cities and supply chains as the vital nodes - is the true arms race of the twenty-first century. This bold reframing is an exciting addition to our ongoing debate about geopolitics and the future of globalization' (Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company)'Connectography is ahead of the curve in seeing the battlefield of the future, and the new kind of tug-of-war being waged on it. Khanna's scholarship and foresight are world-class' (Chuck Hagel, former U.S. Secretary of Defense)'Parag Khanna takes our knowledge of connectivity into virgin territory, providing an entire atlas on how old and new connections are reshaping our physical, social and mental worlds. This is a deep and highly informative reflection on the meaning of a rapidly developing borderless world. Connectography proves why the past is no longer prologue to the future. There's no better guide than Parag Khanna to show us all the possibilities of this new hyper-connected world' (Mathew Burrows, Director, Strategic Foresight Initiative at the Atlantic Council, and former Counselor, U.S. National Intelligence Council)'Connectography gives the reader an amazing new view of human society, bypassing the time-worn categories and frameworks we usually use. It shows us a view of our world as a living thing that really exists: the flows of people, ideas and materials that constitute our constantly evolving reality. Connectography is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the future of humanity' (Sandy Pentland, Professor, MIT Media Lab)'Khanna's insights are at once self-evident and revelatory . . . His seemingly inexhaustible expertise about the global economy is impressive . . . This is a prescient guide to the geopolitics of today and tomorrow' (Publishers Weekly)'A great feat of reportage' (Niall Ferguson Financial Times on The Second World)'This is the sort of reporting that newspapers can no longer afford to send correspondents to do ... [Khanna's] book is compelling and exciting' (Telegraph on The Second World)'The term "sweeping" hardly does justice to the ambition of Indian-born Parag Khanna ... Makes the pulse race' (Economist on How to Run the World)

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  • PDF | 496 pages
  • Parag Khanna(Author)
  • W&N (21 Sept. 2017)
  • English
  • 5
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By Lazy Man on 17 August 2017

    I was looking forward to reading this book as it sounded interesting - how wrong I was ! The author's central thesis - about increasing global connectivity - is valid enough and he is clearly very well travelled and an intellectual. However, this is not an accessible read because of how it is written, both in terms of the language used and the book's disjointed structure. One feels like a great book could have been written as some small parts of it are actually really interesting (so it merits two stars). It's all like wading through treacle - one for the imsomniacs out there !

  • By Sven Ringling on 6 August 2016

    One interesting thought stretched over 400 pages, used to push all the authors ill founded opinions about the world down the reader's throat. There are a few interesting theories in there. And a lot of fiction. All proven by sometimes entertaining "anecdotal evidence" trying to somehow make the reader believe the ideas are empirically founded. And even these examples are often misrepresented and almost always picked in a very unbalanced way. Take his devolution chapter: devolution may or may not be the big trend from now into eternity, but how he presents it as a clear long term trend, when most of human history was about the opposite, is beyond me. Then his examples how devolution creates peace: splitting up Yugoslavia may - after the process was completed be a good example, but how he can claim making Kashmir independant in the 1940s would have created peace is beyond me. It's not like all of Kashmir is united against their overloards, but the population is split and engaged in infighting. Other examples disproving his point are excluded. Like Northern Ireland, where there is no geographical split, but a religous one. And on it goes... Interesting, boring and funny theories with stories that pretend to be prood, but are not

  • By Andrew Lord on 3 October 2016

    Connectography may well emerge as the most important book since 9/11. It brushes through terror, Islam, the rise of China, the banking collapse and the crises of the news cycle headlines to illustrate the world as it actually is and not as seen by the vested interests of nation states. "We are moving into an era where cities will matter more than states and supply chains will be a more important source of power than militaries," writes Parag Khanna unfolding before us a global picture led by infrastructure building, trade and technology that will drive forward to break down borders and create winners out of those who are the most connected to others. "As the lines that connect us supersede the borders that divide us, functional geography is becoming more important than political geography." With the rise of China and re-emergence of Russia, Francis Fukuyama has now been proved lacking in his post Cold War prediction that liberal democracy is the end of the social evolution of humanity. Since then, we have all been looking around for something else, away from the nihilistic bloodshed of the Middle East and looming threats of Russia and China. Khanna may have given us one. It is not politics but infrastructure. "Connectivity has become the foundation for global society", he says. "We should strive toward such a Pax Urbanica." This is an uplifting and inspirational read, particularly set against the backdrop of the past decade.

  • By San Patch on 4 May 2016

    Khanna's thesis is charming. I can see how it resonates with audiences that consider themselves cosmopolitan, urbane and "globally-minded." Yet, I feel we should interrogate Khanna's thesis on at least two levels. First, the supposed obsolescence of the nation state is predicated on an assumption that people are principally driven by "rational" economic motives or in Khanna's anthropomorphic observation that, "Cities want to be part of this global value chain...That’s how cities think.” But cities don't think. People do. And people do not simply want to be part of economic value chains. People want a sense of identity, history and culture. That's a role that nation states play.Second, the idea that connectivity between peoples precludes war between states is neither new nor particularly robust. The standard argument is that countries that are interconnected through trade, through cultural exchange etc do not go to war. The history of WWI and WWII refutes the theory. Germany and Britain had decades of trade and cultural exchange (the British royal family was, afterall, German). Yet, they fought the most bloody wars in human history.One can challenge not only the thesis, but the underlying assumptions that underpin the thesis. His ideas are not simply descriptive of the world "out there". They embody or assume a functionalist, rationalist, futuristic conception of human nature. It seems unlikely that the logic of "connectography" will replace geography a.k.a. identity, place, sense of self anytime in the near future. Khanna's insistence that the forces of connectivity will overwhelm those of division and tribalism are unfounded.In a review of Connectography in the New York Times, Daniel Drezner, Professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, summarised his assessment of the book: "I wish that Khanna were right about the power of connectivity. The world would be a better place. I fear, however, that he does not know what he is talking about." Daniel Drezner could not be clearer. A deserved one star review to Connectography.


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