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Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization

Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization

by Parag Khanna

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780812988550
Pages: 512
Format: pdf, ePub, mobi, fb2
File size: 13 Mb
Date posting: 2021-05-07


From the visionary bestselling author of The Second World and How to Run the World comes a bracing and authoritative guide to a future shaped less by national borders than by global supply chains, a world in which the most connected powers—and people—will win.     Connectivity is the most revolutionary force of the twenty-first century. Mankind is reengineering the planet, investing up to ten trillion dollars per year in transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure linking the world’s burgeoning mega-cities together. We have become a global network civilization, with profound consequences for geopolitics, economics, demographics, the environment, and social identity. Connectivity, not geography, is our destiny.   In Connectography, global strategist Parag Khanna sweeps us along on his journeys to explain the rapid and unprecedented changes affecting every part of the planet. He travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, Pakistan to Nigeria, and across the Arctic Circle and the South China Sea to show how militaries are deployed to protect supply chains as much as borders. This is not war over territory but tug-of-war over pipelines, railways, shipping lanes, and Internet cables. The new arms race is to connect to the most markets—a race China is winning, as it has become the top trade partner of twice as many countries as America. And just as China has launched a wave of infrastructure investments to unite Eurasia around its new Silk Roads, the United States can only regain ground by fusing with its neighbors into a super-continental North American Union of shared resources and prosperity.   Connectography offers a unique and hopeful vision for the future. Khanna argues that new energy discoveries and technologies have eliminated the need for resource wars; ambitious transport corridors and power grids are unscrambling Africa’s fraught colonial borders; even the Arab world is evolving a more peaceful map as it builds resource and trade routes across its war-torn landscape. At the same time, thriving hubs such as Singapore and Dubai are injecting dynamism into young and heavily populated regions, cyber-communities empower commerce across vast distances, and the world’s ballooning financial assets are being wisely invested into building an inclusive global society. Beneath the chaos of a world that appears to be falling apart is a new foundation of connectivity pulling it together.