Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order

Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order

by Parag Khanna

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Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order by Parag Khanna

In The Second World, scholar Parag Khanna, chosen as one of Esquire’s 75 Most Influential People of the Twenty-First Century, reveals how America’s future depends on its ability to compete with the European Union and China to forge relationships with the Second World, the pivotal regions of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South America, the Middle East, and East Asia that are growing in influence and economic strength.

Informed, witty, and armed with a traveler’s intuition for blending into diverse cultures, Khanna depicts second-world societies from the inside out, observing how globalization divides them into winners and losers–and shows how China, Europe, and America use their unique imperial gravities to pull the second-world countries into their orbits. Along the way, Khanna explains how Arabism and Islamism compete for the Arab soul, reveals how Iran and Saudi Arabia play the superpowers against one another, unmasks Singapore’s inspirational role in East Asia, and psychoanalyzes the second-world leaders whose decisions are reshaping the balance of power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812979848
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/10/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 5.23(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Parag Khanna directs the Global Governance Initiative in the American Strategy Program of the New America Foundation. He has been a fellow at the Brookings Institution and worked for the World Economic Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations. During 2007, he was a senior geopolitical advisor to U.S. Special Operations Command. Born in India, Khanna was raised in the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Germany. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and is completing his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics. He has written for major global publications such as The New York Times and Financial Times and appeared on CNN and other television media around the world. Having traveled in close to one hundred countries. He is a member of the Explorers Club.


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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition ix

Introduction: Inter-Imperial Relations xiii

Part I: The West's East

1 Brussels: The New Rome 3

2 The Russian Devolution 10

3 Ukraine: From Border to Bridge 16

4 The Balkans: Eastern Questions 26

5 Turkey: Marching East and West 36

6 The Caucasian Corridor 47

Conclusion: Stretching Europe 60

Part II: Affairs of the Heartland

7 The Silk Road and the Great Game 65

8 The Russia That Was 71

9 Tibet And Xinjiang: The New Bamboo Curtain 78

10 Kazakhstan: "Happiness is Multiple Pipelines" 85

11 Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: Sovereign of Everything, Master of Nothing 93

12 Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan: Men Behaving Badly 98

13 Afghanistan and Pakistan: Taming South-Central Asia 108

Conclusion: A Change of Heart 115

Part III: The End of the Monroe Doctrine

14 The New Rules of the Game 121

15 Mexico: The Umbilical Cord 132

16 Venezuela: Bolivar's Revenge 137

17 Colombia: the Andean Balkans? 144

18 Brazil: The Southern Pole 152

19 Argentina and Chile: Very Fraternal Twins 159

Conclusion: Beyond Monroe 166

Part IV: In Search of the "Middle East"

20 The Shattered Belt 171

21 The Maghreb: Europe's Southern Shore 176

22 Egypt: Between Bureaucrats and Theocrats 191

23 The Mashreq: Road Maps 204

24 The Former Iraq: Buffer, Black Hole, and Broken Boundary 220

25 Iran: Virtues and Vices 227

26 Gulf Streams 234

Conclusion: Arabian Sand Dunes 252

Part V: Asia for Asians

27 From Outside in to Inside Out 257

28 China's First-World Seduction 269

29 Malaysia and Indonesia: The GreaterChinese Co-Prosperity Sphere 278

30 Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam: The Inner Triangle 292

31 Size Matters: The Four Chinas 300

Conclusion: The Search for Equilibrium in a Non-American World 321

Acknowledgments 343

Bibliography 353

Notes 377

Index 443

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