FIVE QUESTIONS THIS BOOK ANSWERS
1. Why and how is the current world order changing?
2. What could you do about these changes such that you are even better off eventually?
3. In what ways should the rich share the world's wealth with the poor?
4. Why do most governments treat foreign investors better than their citizens?
5. What new opportunities should countries seize if they want to grow and prosper?
1. From Afghanistan to the Arctic, the Indian-American geopolitical strategist Parag Khanna has visited more than 50 countries in the past two decades to write his trilogy, of which Connectography is the latest instalment. He gives readers diverse perspectives on how people are changing the way they think and live. Connectography proves an excellent primer on the state of the world in this century, with its sharp snapshots on why the Middle East is so restive, how Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia are working closely to bolster one another's future and what the United States should do to, as its potential presidential candidate Donald Trump says, "make America great again".
2. It helps that Khanna is well connected, from his time working in American think-tanks and shaping discussions at the yearly World Economic Forum to his role as adviser to the Singapore Government on how to ride on connectivity to power its future.
3. While not quite a storyteller, he articulates his arguments clearly and has a knack of choosing compelling examples that help readers grasp all that he has to say. He is also strong on getting to the nub of the matter. Consider this musing on where the world is going: "We will likely never have a global free market, but rather have a world where the expanding global economy becomes ever more a strategic battleground, Indeed, economies are opening, but not necessarily according to the same rules."
1. Khanna writes beautifully. For the most part, his narrative reads swimmingly, despite the considerable breadth, depth and heft of his learning. However, he succumbs to jargon occasionally. This might put readers off.
1. His argument that global supply chains help lift moral standards is tenuous and belies his idealistic outlook on things. For instance, the example he gives of multi- national companies improving working conditions for sweatshop workers glosses over the fact that MNCs have done more to prop up their image than for workers' welfare.