It’s a cliché that the Pacific Ocean is displacing the Atlantic, that China will replace America at the top of the world’s hierarchy of power, and the East will surpass the West. The cliché is also wrong. The multipolar world we are entering will have no single winner, and the three-pillared West of the European Union, North America, and Latin America remains a triangular zone of peace and foundation of global stability.
But a world of continued Western power is not a world of Western dominance. Areas once considered the West’s eminent domain such as the Middle East and Africa are now looking East for investment and exports, and new models of growth, development, and governance. It would not hurt for the West to do the same.
It can start by looking at Singapore, to which the two of us are relocating shortly. [Ayesha and Parag Khanna are married to each other and they’re co-authors of this article]
Ayesha Khanna is an education, technology and urbanization expert with over 15 years of experience at the leading edge of innovation from smart city development to brand strategy. She is on the Board of Advisors for Humanity+, a Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Strategic Foresight Initiative at Atlantic Council. Ayesha is Chairman of Factotum, a boutique content marketing agency that creates thought leadership branding for companies and governments.
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