Second World Empires and Influence in the New Global Order

ISBN-10: 0812979842

ISBN-13: 9780812979848

Edition: 2009

Authors: Parag Khanna

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Grand explanations of how to understand the complex twenty-first-century world have all fallen shortuntil now. InThe Second World,the brilliant young scholar Parag Khanna takes readers on a thrilling global tour, one that shows how America's dominant moment has been suddenly replaced by a geopolitical marketplace wherein the European Union and China compete with the United States to shape world order on their own terms. This contest is hottest and most decisive in the Second World: pivotal regions in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and East Asia. Khanna explores the evolution of geopolitics through the recent histories of such underreported, fascinating, and complicated countries as Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Colombia, Libya, Vietnam, and Malaysianations whose resources will ultimately determine the fate of the three superpowers, but whose futures are perennially uncertain as they struggle to rise into the first world or avoid falling into the third. Informed, witty, and armed with a traveler's intuition for blending into diverse cultures, Khanna mixes copious research with deep reportage to remake the map of the world. He depicts second-world societies from the inside out, observing how globalization divides them into winners and losers along political, economic, and cultural linesand shows how China, Europe, and America use their unique imperial gravities to pull the second-world countries into their orbits. Along the way, Khanna also 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. He captures the most elusive formula in international affairs: how to think like a country. In the twenty-first century, globalization is the main battlefield of geopolitics, and America itself runs the risk of descending into the second world if it does not renew itself and redefine its role in the world. Comparable in scope and boldness to Francis Fukuyama'sThe End of History and the Last Manand Samuel P. Huntington'sThe Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Parag Khanna'sThe Second Worldwill be the definitive guide to world politics for years to come. "A savvy, streetwise primer on dozens of individual countries that adds up to a coherent theory of global politics." Robert D. Kaplan, author ofEastward to TartaryandWarrior Politics "A panoramic overview that boldly addresses the dilemmas of the world that our next president will confront." Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor "Parag Khanna's fascinating book takes us on an epic journey around the multipolar world, elegantly combining historical analysis, political theory, and eye-witness reports to shed light on the battle for primacy between the world's new empires." Mark Leonard, Executive Director, European Council on Foreign Relations "Khanna, a widely recognized expert on global politics, offers an study of the 21st century's emerging "geopolitical marketplace" dominated by three "first world" superpowers, the U.S., Europe and China... The final pages of his book warn eloquently of the risks of imperial overstretch combined with declining economic dominance and deteriorating quality of life. By themselves those pages are worth the price of a book that from beginning to end inspires reflection." Publishers Weekly From the Hardcover edition.
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Naomi Klein was born in Montreal, Canada on May 8, 1970. She attended the University of Toronto and began writing there for the student newspaper, The Varsity. Klein was offered a series of editorial jobs in newspapers and magazines and this prevented her from getting a final degree from the university. She worked for The Toronto Globe and Mail and This Magazine. She is an author and social activist, who is known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization. Her books include No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate, and The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. She received the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction for This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction: Inter-Imperial Relations
The West's East
Brussels: The New Rome
The Russian Devolution
Ukraine: From Border to Bridge
The Balkans: Eastern Questions
Turkey: Marching East and West
The Caucasian Corridor
Conclusion: Stretching Europe
Affairs of the Heartland
The Silk Road and the Great Game
The Russia That Was
Tibet And Xinjiang: The New Bamboo Curtain
Kazakhstan: "Happiness is Multiple Pipelines"
Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: Sovereign of Everything, Master of Nothing
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan: Men Behaving Badly
Afghanistan and Pakistan: Taming South-Central Asia
Conclusion: A Change of Heart
The End of the Monroe Doctrine
The New Rules of the Game
Mexico: The Umbilical Cord
Venezuela: Bolivar's Revenge
Colombia: the Andean Balkans?
Brazil: The Southern Pole
Argentina and Chile: Very Fraternal Twins
Conclusion: Beyond Monroe
In Search of the "Middle East"
The Shattered Belt
The Maghreb: Europe's Southern Shore
Egypt: Between Bureaucrats and Theocrats
The Mashreq: Road Maps
The Former Iraq: Buffer, Black Hole, and Broken Boundary
Iran: Virtues and Vices
Gulf Streams
Conclusion: Arabian Sand Dunes
Asia for Asians
From Outside in to Inside Out
China's First-World Seduction
Malaysia and Indonesia: The Greater Chinese Co-Prosperity Sphere
Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam: The Inner Triangle
Size Matters: The Four Chinas
Conclusion: The Search for Equilibrium in a Non-American World
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