Geopolitical expert Parag Khanna foresees a future where American influence is waning, and the new powerhouses (and threats) may not be the players you'd expect.

Why you should listen

Political scientist Parag Khanna travels the world with his eyes open--and has become a trenchant critic of the standard wisdom about the second and third worlds. Khanna's 2008 book, The Second World: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century, looks at the epic political manipulations of nations small and large struggling to end up at the top of the global heap.

In his 2011 book, How to Run The World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance, he limns a 21st century that has much in common with the feudal 16th century, where non-state actors have as much influence on the course of world events as countries do. 

And in a new short book for TED, Hybrid Reality, Parag and Ayesh Khanna explore our complex relationship with science and technology--and how it could create new and unexpected lifestyles and social structures. He's a director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, where he helps explore human-technology co-evolution.

For TEDGlobal he has curated and will guest-host the session “The Upside of Transparency”.

What others say

“Here's one view of America circa 2008: The US is a modern-day Roman Empire--overstretched, underperforming, slowly crumbling into history's dustbin. Here's Parag Khanna's view: Nonsense. The geopolitical wooziness Americans are feeling isn't decline. It's realignment.” — Daniel Pink, WIRED

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Q&A with Parag Khanna: Redrawing the map for a safe, secure world

September 28, 2009

Last week, Parag Khanna sat with the TED Blog to discuss no less than the political future of the world we live in. He works in the expansive field of geopolitics, and his TEDTalk discusses the history and future of some of the world’s most troubled states and the possibilities of a borderless world. In […]

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Twitter Snapshot: Parag Khanna on the appearance and disappearance of borders

July 23, 2009

Geopolitical expert Parag Khanna examined the historic and present-day implications of nation-state borders. Borders may be popping up on the atlas year after year, however, in practical human interactions, borders seem to be vanishing. A critical component to guiding this trend in a benevolent direction is building infrastructure. Followers on Twitter were receptive to Khanna’s […]

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