China is taking the lead in two mega-trend arenas: urbanization and infrastructure. It is becoming an empire of mega-cities that are connected along the new Silk Road corridors to Europe sponsored by the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB). This holds enormous consequences for the geopolitics of Eurasia as well as the future of world trade and commerce. Drawing on travels and analysis from his newly published book CONNECTOGRAPHY, Parag Khanna explains the scenarios for the next decade of China’s relations with its neighbors and beyond

We invite Parag Khanna, Senior Research Fellow at Centre on Asia and Globalisation (CAG), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and CNN Global Contributor to discuss.


Parag Khanna
Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a CNN Global Contributor and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory firm, and Co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a leading content branding agency.

Parag’s latest book is Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012) and author of How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011) and The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008). In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has traveled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Beijing – China as a Mega-City Empire on the New Silk Road with Parag Khanna [Wednesday, June 22]