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The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order

Parag Khanna is an expert on geopolitics, global governance, and Asian and European affairs, and was most recently the Global Governance Fellow at The Brookings Institution. He has worked at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, where he specialized in scenario and risk planning, and at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he conducted research on terrorism and conflict resolution.

Mr. Parag Khanna holds a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a master's degree from Georgetown's Security Studies Program, and has completed graduate-level work in the department of government at Georgetown. He speaks German, Hindi, French, Spanish, and basic Arabic. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Harper's Magazine, Policy Review, Foreign Policy, Prospect (U.K.), Slate, and Survival (U.K.), and he has been featured on CNN, the BBC, National Public Radio, and Doordarshan (India).

As a Fellow and the Director of the Global Governance Initiative of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, Mr. Khanna seeks to both re-frame institutionally biased discussions of global governance and produce concrete recommendations towards more flexible and effective structures appropriate to the 21st century context of diffusing power and legitimacy. His forthcoming book, The Second World, examines the intersection of geopolitics and globalization.

(c) 2008 - Unversity of Chicago.  The World Beyond the Headlines series is a collaborative project of the Center for International Studies, the International House Global Voices Program, the Seminary Co-op Bookstores and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Its aim is to bring scholars and journalists together to consider major international issues and how they are covered in the media.


Recorded Thursday, March 20, 2008 at International House.

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