Some fun ideas, but absolutely no factual back up, and an almost pathological willingness to ignore the realities of corporate malfeasance. Dec 27, Patrick rated it it was amazing This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Although I disagree with his conclusion that nation-states are obsolete in global diplomacy, I do agree with his premise that NGO, technology, and multi-national firms are underutilized in the world of global diplomacy.
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It is a multi-polar, multi-civilizational world in which every empire, city-state, multi-national corporation or mercenary army is out for itself. Ruggie, Professor at Harvard University "A valuable contribution to the global-governance debate. Makes the pulse race.
It is their solidarity that will secure our future. This book is a fresh, bold, provocative—and most importantly realistic—guide to getting us there. We need to pay attention to his ideas. G leaders and corporate executives need to urgently read this book and learn how to really move beyond business as usual.
Call it what you will, but you must read it. Ruggie, Harvard University "Khanna writes clearly, with conviction and charm, and his neomedieval metaphor is intriguing. Khanna proposes redrawing historical artificial national boundaries within regional blocks. He gives many exciting examples of non-state initiatives addressing issues from human rights and healthcare to corruption and microfinance.
He suggests that in almost every way modern life is now a retreat to medievalism. Governments no longer have a monopoly on high policy and running countries; NGOs are increasingly more effective; corporations are the new glue. Rather than being perfect, it is a new form of accommodation.
The concern in this medievalist world is: Who now has the responsibility? Parag Khanna goes a long way to suggesting answers that many will find uncomfortable. Diplomats have long negotiated how to run the world, writes the author. In ancient Sumerian city-states, they channeled the messages of deities among kings. In modern times, they have divvied up the globe after major wars. Empowered by the information revolution, writes Khanna, public and private partners can collaborate efficiently across national borders to meet such 21st-century challenges as terrorism, the AIDS epidemic and climate change.
Key practitioners of this new diplomacy include the entrepreneurs, academics, activists, celebrities and others who have worked in unusual and collaborative ways to achieve such goals as a landmine ban, debt relief and the International Criminal Court.
In the environmental arena, meaningful public-private initiatives spurred by the new diplomacy can have far more impact than international agreements, he writes. For a model of mega-diplomacy, the author points to Europe, where members of the borderless European Union are experimenting and cooperating to meet shared challenges.
A valuable contribution to the global-governance debate.
How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance
Parag Khanna is expert op het gebied van internationale betrekkingen en bestsellerauteur van meerdere boeken over globalisatie en economische, infrastructurele en technologische ontwikkelingen. Hij is de oprichter en managing partner van FutureMap, een wereldwijd strategisch adviesbureau. In werd hij door Esquire benoemd tot een van de 75 meest invloedrijke personen van de 21e eeuw. Toon meer Toon minder Samenvatting Here is a stunning and provocative guide to the future of international relations—a system for managing global problems beyond the stalemates of business versus government, East versus West, rich versus poor, democracy versus authoritarianism, free markets versus state capitalism. But just as that initial "dark age" ended with the Renaissance, Khanna believes that our time can become a great and enlightened age as well—only, though, if we harness our technology and connectedness to forge new networks among governments, businesses, and civic interest groups to tackle the crises of today and avert those of tomorrow. With his trademark energy, intellect, and wit, Khanna reveals how a new "mega-diplomacy" consisting of coalitions among motivated technocrats, influential executives, super-philanthropists, cause-mopolitan activists, and everyday churchgoers can assemble the talent, pool the money, and deploy the resources to make the global economy fairer, rebuild failed states, combat terrorism, promote good governance, deliver food, water, health care, and education to those in need, and prevent environmental collapse. With examples taken from the smartest capital cities, most progressive boardrooms, and frontline NGOs, Khanna shows how mega-diplomacy is more than an ad hoc approach to running a world where no one is in charge—it is the playbook for creating a stable and self-correcting world for future generations.
Parag Khanna on ‘How to Run the World’