not a tent in the desert, sadly : )
at 8 am this morning at the Yale Club, we had a book talk with Parag Khanna, the author of a book called ”
The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order”
with a guy from the Economist who moderated the event. He was very cool- Lane Greene. They both were very cool, actually. Khanna basically drove around the entire world to experience directly the current geopolitical situation. And, then he wrote about it.
“Khanna, a widely recognized expert on global politics, offers an study of the 21st century’s emerging geopolitical marketplace dominated by three first world superpowers, the U.S., Europe and China. Each competes to lead the new century, pursuing that goal in the third world: select eastern European countries, east and central Asia, the Middle East Latin America, and North Africa. The U.S. offers military protection and aid. Europe offers deep reform and economic association. China offers full-service, condition-free relationships. Each can be appealing; none has obvious advantages. The key to Khanna’s analysis, however, is his depiction of a second world: countries in transition. They range in size and population from heavily peopled states like Brazil and Indonesia to smaller ones such as Malaysia. Khanna interprets the coming years as being shaped by the race to win the second world—and in the case of the U.S., to avoid becoming a second-world country itself. The final pages of his book warn eloquently of the risks of imperial overstretch combined with declining economic dominance and deteriorating quality of life. By themselves those pages are worth the price of a book that from beginning to end inspires reflection.”
i will read it. i will let you know. he just emailed our offices and said he was named one of the 75 most influential people in the 21st century by esquire. wow! (and hes hot) hahah.