World Policy Institute and Idealist present:
How to Run the World
A Political Salon with
Parag Khanna, New America Foundation
Moderated by WPI President Michele Wucker
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
6:30 to 8 pm
With special thanks to the Heinrich Böll Foundation for supporting the Political Salon.
This event is by invitation only. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The world is entering a perfect storm of calamities: a great game where obstacles include natural resource scarcity, financial instability, environmental stress, and failing states. Like the medieval landscape, ours is a multi-polar, multi-civilizational world in which every empire, city-state, multi-national corporation and mercenary army is out for itself. Adventurer-scholar Parag Khanna's How to Run the World is a bold account of our current global chaos and a road map for creating a resilient and stable world.
In this Political Salon, Parag Khanna and Michele Wucker discuss how we can adapt global governance mechanisms –incorporating myriad actors including governments, multinational firms, NGOs, philanthropists, celebrities, entrepreneurs, innovators, and faith communities– to best address calamities whose causes and impacts span borders, regions, and continents.
How to Run the World will be available for purchase at the Salon for $20 (list price $26).
About the Speakers
Parag Khanna is a Senior Research Fellow in the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. He is author of the international best-seller The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008) and How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011). In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire's "75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century," and one of fifteen individuals featured in WIRED magazine's "Smart List." Parag is widely published and quoted in media around the world such as the New York Times, TIME, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal, and appears regularly on CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, PBS, and NPR. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Born in India, Parag grew up in the United Arab Emirates, New York, and Germany. He has traveled to more than 100 countries and has been named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
Michele Wucker is President of the World Policy Institute and is the author of LOCKOUT: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right, and Why The Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle For Hispaniola. She is a 2009 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a member of the 2009-10 American Council on Germany Young Leaders Study Group on the Future of Europe.
About the Political Salon
The Political Salon – organized by Steve Sokol since 2003 to promote dialogue among the next generation of leaders in business, policy, and the media – regularly convenes a diverse group of young professionals to discuss a range of foreign policy issues and global affairs. Attendees are diverse in terms of nationality, profession, and political persuasion.