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By Parag Khanna

From the visionary bestselling writer of The moment international and the way to Run the area comes a bracing and authoritative advisor to a destiny formed much less through nationwide borders than by way of international offer chains, a global within which the main hooked up powers—and people—will win.

Connectivity is the main innovative strength of the twenty-first century. Mankind is reengineering the planet, making an investment as much as ten trillion funds in keeping with yr in transportation, strength, and communications infrastructure linking the world’s burgeoning megacities jointly. This has profound results for geopolitics, economics, demographics, the surroundings, and social identification. Connectivity, no longer geography, is our destiny.

In Connectography, visionary strategist Parag Khanna travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, Pakistan to Nigeria, and around the Arctic Circle and the South China Sea to give an explanation for the quick and exceptional alterations affecting every thing of the planet. He exhibits how militaries are deployed to guard provide chains up to borders, and the way international locations are much less at struggle over territory than engaged in tugs-of-war over pipelines, railways, delivery lanes, and web cables. the recent hands race is to connect with the main markets—a race China is now successful, having introduced a wave of infrastructure investments to unite Eurasia round its new Silk Roads. the us can in simple terms regain floor by way of fusing with its buddies right into a super-continental North American Union of shared assets and prosperity.

Connectography deals a different and hopeful imaginative and prescient for the long run. Khanna argues that new strength discoveries and applied sciences have eradicated the necessity for source wars; bold delivery corridors and tool grids are unscrambling Africa’s fraught colonial borders; even the Arab international is evolving a extra peaceable map because it builds source and exchange routes throughout its war-torn panorama. even as, thriving hubs comparable to Singapore and Dubai are injecting dynamism into younger and seriously populated areas, cyber-communities empower trade throughout large distances, and the world’s ballooning monetary resources are being properly invested into construction an inclusive international society. underneath the chaos of a global that looks to be falling aside is a brand new origin of connectivity pulling it together.

Praise for Connectography

“Incredible . . . With the area quickly altering and urbanizing, [Khanna’s] proposals will be find out how to confront a greatly diverse future.”The Washington Post

“Clear and coherent . . . a well-researched account of the way businesses are weaving ever extra complex provide chains that pull the area jointly at the same time they squeeze out inefficiencies. . . . [He] has succeeded in demonstrating that the forces of globalization are winning.”—Adrian Woolridge, The Wall highway Journal

“Bold . . . With a watch for brilliant information, Khanna has . . . produced an enticing geopolitical travelogue.”Foreign Affairs

“For those that worry that the area is changing into too inward-looking, Connectography is a clean, confident vision.”The Economist

“Connectivity has turn into a uncomplicated human correct, and provides all people in the world the chance to supply for his or her family members and give a contribution to our shared destiny. Connectography charts the way forward for this hooked up world.”—Marc Andreessen, normal associate, Andreessen Horowitz

“Khanna’s scholarship and foresight are world-class. A must-read for the subsequent president.”—Chuck Hagel, former U.S. secretary of defense

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