By Parag Khanna
From the visionary bestselling writer of The moment global and how you can Run the area comes a bracing and authoritative consultant to a destiny formed much less via nationwide borders than via international offer chains, an international during which the main attached powers—and people—will win.
Connectivity is the main innovative strength of the twenty-first century. Mankind is reengineering the planet, making an investment as much as ten trillion money consistent with 12 months in transportation, power, and communications infrastructure linking the world’s burgeoning megacities jointly. This has profound outcomes for geopolitics, economics, demographics, the surroundings, and social id. Connectivity, now not geography, is our destiny.
In Connectography, visionary strategist Parag Khanna travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, Pakistan to Nigeria, and around the Arctic Circle and the South China Sea to provide an explanation for the swift and exceptional adjustments affecting the whole lot of the planet. He exhibits how militaries are deployed to guard offer chains up to borders, and the way countries are much less at warfare over territory than engaged in tugs-of-war over pipelines, railways, transport lanes, and web cables. the hot fingers race is to connect with the main markets—a race China is now successful, having introduced a wave of infrastructure investments to unite Eurasia round its new Silk Roads. the us can in basic terms regain floor by means of fusing with its acquaintances right into a super-continental North American Union of shared assets and prosperity.
Connectography deals a distinct and hopeful imaginative and prescient for the long run. Khanna argues that new power discoveries and applied sciences have eradicated the necessity for source wars; formidable shipping corridors and gear grids are unscrambling Africa’s fraught colonial borders; even the Arab international is evolving a extra peaceable map because it builds source and alternate routes throughout its war-torn panorama. while, thriving hubs resembling Singapore and Dubai are injecting dynamism into younger and seriously populated areas, cyber-communities empower trade throughout monstrous distances, and the world’s ballooning monetary resources are being correctly invested into development an inclusive worldwide society. underneath the chaos of a global that looks to be falling aside is a brand new beginning of connectivity pulling it together.
Praise for Connectography
“Incredible . . . With the area speedily altering and urbanizing, [Khanna’s] proposals can be easy methods to confront a appreciably various future.”—The Washington Post
“Clear and coherent . . . a well-researched account of the way businesses are weaving ever extra complex provide chains that pull the area jointly at the same time they squeeze out inefficiencies. . . . [He] has succeeded in demonstrating that the forces of globalization are winning.”—Adrian Woolridge, The Wall road Journal
“Bold . . . With a watch for bright info, Khanna has . . . produced an interesting geopolitical travelogue.”—Foreign Affairs
“For those that worry that the area is turning into too inward-looking, Connectography is a clean, confident vision.”—The Economist
“Connectivity has develop into a simple human correct, and offers everybody in the world the chance to supply for his or her family members and give a contribution to our shared destiny. Connectography charts the way forward for this attached world.”—Marc Andreessen, common companion, Andreessen Horowitz
“Khanna’s scholarship and foresight are world-class. A must-read for the following president.”—Chuck Hagel, former U.S. secretary of defense