The Second World

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

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This book provides a bold and visionary tour of the most important, and least understood, countries shaping the future of the global order. At the end of the Cold War, we found ourselves living in a world with one superpower, the United States. Now, at the start of the twenty-first century, Parag Khanna argues powerfully that the moment of American supremacy is over, brought about by the increasing influence of what he terms the Second World: Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South America, the Middle East and East Asia.Travelling from Azerbaijan to Venezuela, China's hinterlands to Gaddafi's Libya, Parag Khanna explores these countries and their global significance. For as the three superpowers - the US, the EU and China - compete for influence in the Second World, citizens of these countries can already feel the these imperial forces exerting their influence and affecting the global balance of power. How can these competing powers win friends and influence people across the globe? What's in it for the winner - and the loser? And how does the Second World feel about its increasing significance on the global stage? In a bold and provocative style, "The Second World" makes clear what's at stake, for whoever dominates the Second World will lead the twenty-first century - or become a part of the Second World more

Product details

  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 161 x 244 x 44mm | 868g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0713999373
  • 9780713999372
  • 983,168

About Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna travelled through more than fifty countries to research The Second World. Always interested in global trends, his goal has been to integrate trends in power, conflict, environment, culture and strategy into a single framework, and to explain highly complex societies on their own terms, not only in terms of their interactions with or utility to the West. Previously a Fellow at the Brookings Institution and manager of the Global Governance Initiative of the World Economic Forum, he is now a Fellow of the New America Foundation and is completing his Ph.D. in International Relations at the London School of more

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"A fascinating, colorful, and always intelligent tour through a new world."-Fareed Zakaria "A savvy, streetwise primer on dozens of individual countries that adds up to a coherent theory of global politics."-Robert D. Kaplan "Confident in his predictions and bold in his recommendations . . . Khanna's book is written with ambition, scope, and verve that sets it apart from the usual foreign policy tome."-Andrei Cherny, "The New York Sun" "A panoramic overview that boldly addresses the dilemmas of the world that our next president will confront."-Zbigniew Brzezinski "Khanna is something of a foreign policy whiz kid."-Raymond Bonner, "The New York Times Book Review""""[A] sweeping, often audacious survey of contemporary geopolitics . . . moves at lightning speed."-William Grimes, "The New York Times" "From the Trade Paperback edition."show more

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