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[ Reading ] ➿ The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order Author Parag Khanna – Brazilianportuguesetranslator.us

The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global OrderIn 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.

[ Reading ] ➿ The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order Author Parag Khanna – Brazilianportuguesetranslator.us
  • Paperback
  • 496 pages
  • The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order
  • Parag Khanna
  • English
  • 17 July 2017
  • 9780812979848

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  1. says:

    Khanna s premise is that at present the first world is divided into three almost hemispheric correlating power centers the U S., the European Union, and China The countries making up the second world are those caught between the stable and prosperous and those who re poor and unstable, the third world Khanna says those second world countries will determine, through alliances, which of the big 3 power centers will dominate in the future He s heavily influenced by Toynbee s ideas of how the west can identify and challenge geopolitical stresses to help develop adequate responses to what some see as the natural decline of the west Khanna s world is a geopolitical marketplace the U S., E U and China are businesses, and whoever has the most satisfied customers will be the strongest He s careful to point out that the current competition, if unmodified or unduluted, will result in war Underlying it all, of course, is the end of the American empire His message is that history happens, even to America The Conclusion, in which he describes just how steep and rapid is America s decline, is sobering This is an interesting book, cover to cover The geopolitical issues and problems are serious, he says, especially for America Their losses and missteps, particularly, are always to China s and Europe s advantage The arguments are convincing But in the end Khanna becomes a little shrill, his examples noted as in...


  2. says:

    This book is going to shape my worldview for a long time, I think It s a great overview of how the current geopolitical powers U.S., the E.U and China exert their influence on second world i.e., partially developed countries, and how those countries can best interact with the big guys to further their own development Let s just say the U.S better get its act together fast if it wants to stay a first wo...


  3. says:

    I ve read his chapters on the Middle East Egypt, Saudi, and the rest of the GCC states I expected far from this book While Khanna s style of writing is really attractive, the amount of information, research, and even analysis was really shallow Nothing in the Middle...


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    Very good info but not great In the end, it boils down to geopolitical concerns of natural resources vs globalization.The two global impulse are geopolitics and globalization with concomitant access to natural resources, power, and stability He states the 2nd world economies is where the opportunity as well as huge risks lie b c of its unreliable governments He states that the US should have a diplomatic industrial complex The three superpowers in the world are the US with its diplomatic coalition building, the EU with its diplomatic consensus, and China with its consultancy approach to diplomacy 2nd world success lies with aligning itself with one of the three superpowers or to play one off the other.What continues to surprise me is how much access to natural resource energy supply influences geopolitical military considerations What I once considered absurd going to war for oil, does not seem so out there any After reading enough foreign policy books, I now see there is a definite connection between national security prerogatives and access to international natural resources I think he is correct in stating globalization is a force for world peace because countries deeply enmeshed in global supply chain will find it harder to break their interconnected economies just to declare war on its neighbor I also agree with his assessment that before democracy can take root people must be able to afford their basic necessity and they must have secure and st...


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    Never in my life have I read a book that was so consistently wrong Every bit of analysis made and every prediction are just so bafflingly false that I was almost impressed I give it two stars instead of one only because reading it was a really enjoyable experience Every chapter brought an assertion that was even crazier than the last, and I got a good laugh out of every one.Khanna uses the word diaspora about fifty times throughout the book like he had just learned the word before starting Also, once every four or five pages we get a quote from some totally real person not named Parag Khanna that the author definitely talked to Who needs citations All the quotes are basically the same, which is another sort of punchline scattered through the book I agree with Parag Khanna completely, and I live in the place he s talking about, so you should too mused a Sunni former diplomat surgeon selling kabobs outside of the Bosnian embassy in Moscow Also, every country is really at least four countries, and every region on Earth is like the Balkans in some way Another favorite trend of mine is his painfully bad metaphors which he always has close at hand Just like the cevapi the region is known for, the former Yugoslavia is a lot like a bunch of sausages rolling around together and getting grease all over my fingers The real factua...


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    I had really high hopes for this book I thought it would provide a good introduction and overview on developments in such diverse regions as Central Asia, the Magrheb and the Mashreq Plus, it trumpeted its status as an NYT Idea of the Year on the back cover I ve since come to the conclusion that the high praise for Khanna s book came from people who don t actually know anything about the regions covered in The Second World And don t mind the fact that Khanna s book is really a collection of punchy albeit unsubstantiated soundbites It s not that I expect a book that covers half the world in 30 chapters to provide a nuanced and in depth view of sociopolitical developments in each country But I do think that Khanna s woeful lack of attention to accuracy and substantiation is shocking I don t know very much about the places covered in Khanna s book that s why I read it after all But I do know a bit about Asia And the last 5 chapters on developments in Asia horrified me There were factual inaccuracies Khanna claims that Singaporeans divorce at the world s highest rate, which I believe is untrue and plenty of hyperbole Like the EU, ASEAN experienced its Bosnia like moments after the Cold War the Asian financial crisis, Indones...


  8. says:

    This scope of this book was extremely ambitious Basically an overview of all of the pivotal countries and regions of the world The author is well traveled and has been to all of these places and talked with local people there, giving him valuable perspective The theme of the book was less ambitious, which was probably why I liked it much better than Huntington or Fukuyama The world is too complicated to fit into a single geopolitical metaphor Khanna s theme is that we are moving into a multipolar world with the US, Europe, China and to some degree Russia, Brazil, and China as great powers, vying to exert influence upon the rest of the world The second world refers not to the traditional Cold War definition, but rather to those regions and countries that might tip the balance of future geopolitical...


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    I thought for a few weeks last year that Parag Khanna would be the next big thing I couldn t help but like him, he d written a brilliant NYT magazine article and he looked so dapper But a brilliant article can easily get stretched into a bland and plodding book After the Russian Devolution and Ukranian chapters which were informed and enjoyable it was all progressively downhill and muddy It wasn t that anything Khanna wrote was objectionable, but very little in the book convinced me to trust that the author s global predictions Everything I agreed with was already obvious If Khanna commands authority, I ve decided it s less Francis Fukuyama and Andre Leon Talley Like the Vogue editor, Khanna doesn t waste time with caveats or conditionals, he just pronounces whether gushing about the UAE a model for governance or how the Shanghai Corporation is revolutionary He could just as well say clearly high heeled booties have become the new wor...

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