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Parag Khanna: The Future Is Asian

Commerce, Conflict and Culture in the 21st Century

Join us for a discussion with the bestselling author Parag Khanna on Sep 11 in Zurich.

Parag Khanna: The Future Is Asian

«In the 19th century, the world was Europeanized. In the 20th century, it was Americanized. Now, in the 21st century, the world is being irreversibly Asianized»

In his new bestselling book, Parag Khanna makes a compelling case for how our Asian future will look like. Asia isn’t just becoming more economically powerful – it is emerging as a geopolitical force of its own, as an «Asian System», that is much more strongly linked by trade, cultural and scientific exchanges than it ever was before. This multipolar but stable system will have an impact on everything from investment portfolios to trade wars to Hollywood movies and holiday travels, with «large but dormant» societies like Indonesia or Iran finally emerging. Khanna argues that the West’s biggest mistake is to see Asia as too China-centric: As China’s population plateaus and other Asian countries continue to develop, even China will have no choice but to become more Asianized.

In collaboration with Vontobel, Asia Society Switzerland hosts a public event with Parag Khanna in Zurich. We will explore the aspects of global Asianization: What does it mean for the liberal world order we have come to see as granted? What are the opportunities – and challenges – of an Asian future? And what role can Switzerland play in a world dominated by Asia?


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Parag Khanna

Asia Society Switzerland



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