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How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the next Renaissanceby Parag Khanna
Synopses & Reviews
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 versuspoor, democracy versus authoritarianism, free markets versus state capitalism. Written by the most esteemed and innovative adventurer-scholar of his generation, Parag Khanna's How to Run theWorld posits a chaotic modern era that resembles the Middle Ages, with Asian empires, Western militaries, Middle Eastern sheikhdoms, magnetic city-states, wealthy multinational corporations, elite clans, religious zealots, tribal hordes, and potent media seething in an ever more unpredictable and dangerous storm. But just as that initial dark age ended with the Renaissance, Khanna believes that ourtime can become a great and enlightened age as well--only, though, if we harness our technology and connectedness to forge new networks among governments, businesses, and civic interest groups to tackle the crisesof today and avert those of tomorrow.
With his trademark energy, intellect, and wit, Khanna reveals how a new mega-diplomacy consisting of coalitions among motivated technocrats, influential executives, super-philanthropists, cause-mopolitan activists, and everyday churchgoers can assemble the talent, pool the money, and deploy the resources to make the global economy fairer, rebuild failed states, combat terrorism, promote good governance, deliver food, water, health care, and education to those in need, and prevent environmental collapse. With examples taken from the smartest capital cities, most progressiveboardrooms, 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 forfuture generations.
How to Run the World is the cutting-edge manifesto for diplomacy in a borderless world.
From the Hardcover edition.
Outlines a provocative approach to diplomacy that addresses the needs of today's globalized world, covering issues ranging from economic imbalance and environmental stress with recommendations for specific actions to unify the resources of governments, corporations and civic groups.
About the Author
\Parag Khanna directs the Global Governance Initiative in the American Strategy Program of the New America Foundation. Author of the previous international bestseller The Second World, he was picked as one of Esquire’s Most Influential People of the Twenty-first Century and featured on Wired’s Smart List. He has been a fellow at the Brookings Institution and researched at the Council on Foreign Relations. During 2007, he was a senior geopolitical adviser to U.S. Special Operations Command. He has written for major global publications such as The New York Times and Financial Times and appears regularly on CNN, BBC, and other television media around the world. He has traveled in nearly one hundred countries and has been named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
Table of Contents
Pt. 1: The new world order--really. Mega-diplomacy ; The new diplomats ; The (fill-in-the-blank) consensus — Pt. 2: Saving us from ourselves. Peace without war ; The new colonialism : better than the last ; Terrorists, pirates, nukes ; Getting rights right — Pt. 3: A world of need. By any means necessary ; The case against poverty ; Your planet, your choice ; The next renaissance.
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