In How To Run the World, Parag Khanna envisions a new world order. Business and entrepreneurship are no longer the maligned enemy of. How to Run the World has ratings and 23 reviews. Alec said: About the author: Parag Khanna is a global strategist, theorist and the best-selling author of . PDF | In his new book, Parag Khanna, Director of the Global Governance Initiative at the New America Foundation and author of “The Second World”, seeks to.
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The “American Century” is over. According to Khanna The Second World”we are in for a fractured, fragmented, multi-polar” world, a new Middle Ages of decentralized power where “corporations, powerful families, humanitarians, religious radicals, universities, and mercenaries are all part of the diplomatic landscape.
Case studies rarely pass the two-page mark, and Khanna drowns the reader in data stripped of context and resonance. His vaunting of celebrity activists feels callow, and his championing of online petition sites is premature–the real efficacy of such methods is still in question.
Khanna writes clearly, with conviction and charm, and his neomedieval metaphor is so intriguing that readers will regret Khanna’s decision to stay in the shallows. If only the rest of this book were as lively and succinct as the title is.
As the author has appeared on CNN and in such publications as the New York Times, expect some author exposure in electronic and print media. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Here is a stunning and provocative guide to the future of international relations—a system for managing global problems beyond the stalemates of business versus government, East versus West, rich versus poor, democracy versus authoritarianism, free markets versus state capitalism.
With examples taken from the smartest capital cities, most progressive boardrooms, and frontline NGOs, Khanna shows how mega-diplomacy is more than an ad hoc approach to running a world where no one is in charge—it is the playbook for creating a stable and self-correcting world for future generations.
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Showing of 21 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. It’s not Pagad’s intention to depress. He’s quite upbeat about the future — else, why promote “Mega-Diplomacy”? And to tell the truth, I’m with him all the way.
Only, I ended up depressed.
Pagad describes accurately, I think a near future that is diverse, dynamic, complex, and chaotic, with many intertwined networks of influence and energy some benign, some violently evil. The world of 9 billion, subject to the extremes of climate change, will be a place of constantly shifting conditions and thus strategies for organization and control.
All sorts of characters and organizations participate in this synaptic form of governance. Sounds good and for the pparag half of the book, Pagad held me enthralled. Then uow got parga the rules suggested in the title, with case examples, and it came apart for me.
First, a paragraph or a page is simply insufficient to describe, let alone critique, one of the complicated arrangements that typify Pagad’s Neo-Renaissance world.
I know for a fact that some of the examples he discusses are not nearly as successful or inspiring as Pagad’s cursory analysis leads him to believe.
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Second, the interrelationships that evolve are too finely woven for the breathless pace of this book to appreciate their nuances. That was disappointing, but not depressing. What was depressing was the ultimate boiling down of Pagad’s advice to “find a rich patron and all things are possible. What kind of freedom to innovate is it that relies on, and is obedient to, the wishes of the powerful? Moreover, Pagad describes a world working at fairly high levels.
Even the “grassroots” projects he cites as positive examples for future scaling up are a result of celebrities or corporations or foundations paying the pipe and calling the tune. Imagine a world in which 8. Pagad’s not responsible for these conditions and the solutions he devises for a more rational approach to postmodern politics are clever and even commendable — for those who can take part. That’s not the meta-solution we need, however.
That book remains to be written. Maybe next time, Pagad. But first you’ll have to get out of the Beltway and live among the hoi poloi. You can do it; you’ve done it before. That’s your book that I want to read. This is a very timely book in that it explores ideas that may serve as an alternative to war to solve political and social conflicts around the world. Letting clusters of cultural and political interests help shape negotiation to resolve problems is very appropriate as interest areas around the world square off in potentially dangerous confrontations in the world of the early Twenty-First century–the Middle East jncuding SyriaUkraine, Sudan, Rwanda, China-Vietnam, China-U.
My review of Parag Khanna’s first book, The Second World, is a bit more negative due to some nitpicks than my lasting impression of the book.
Khanna’s second book does not quite live up to the promise of the first, but it presents a well written overview of the way the world is currently working or, in my view, the way the world is just getting by.
The world is more than multipolar, it is multilayered. Nations, states, NGOs, businesses, philanthropists, and others are all interacting and trying to make change on a regional and global stage. The stakes are high and it seems that our institutions are not up to the task.
Attempting to fill the gap are people like Bill Clinton through his Global Initiative, Bill and Melinda Gates through their foundation, Heifer International, and more sinisterly, groups like Hamas which carry out acts of terror but also perform social services for the communities they claim to represent. Khanna also discusses terrorism, piracy, development needs, and environmental needs.
But Khanna seems to leap from a description of this current state of affairs to an affirmation of it as a new working order. What Khanna so ably describes is not how the world should be run, it is how the world is running in order to compensate for the failings of governments to do what they should. Khanna does present some good ideas for reform. I particularly found insightful his discussion of poorly drawn borders in Africa, the Middle East and South-Central Asia. Another interesting point was the need for regional, not global, solutions in some cases.
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He cites the EU as a model here and while it does have much to recommend, current news events also demonstrate its shortcomings as I paragg this, Italy and Greece are among the European nations flirting with economic calamity which could bring down the Eurozone. This was a similar shortcoming of The Second World. Many other regional bodies such as the African Union are even less united and prepared to solve problems than the EU. Khanna’s central premise, that we are entering a multilayered world similar to the Middle Ages when nation states were weakened, may be true.
But it is also nothing to be celebrated.
All of the NGOs, philanthropists, foundations, khana and others described by Khanna have one thing in common, they are wogld to convince nation states to act even as they act on a more limited basis themselves. Khanna’s book still makes for interesting reading with lots of great anecdotes from around the world. One minor issue is the use of footnotes, which are randomly used throughout the book with no more than ten to a chapter and sometimes are ignored even when a fact is being asserted or quote is being used.
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Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Its best to read the Mr khanna’s first book in the series before diving into this excellent summary but whether you do or not you will not be disappointed.
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