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Parag Khanna
Born 1977
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Occupation Author, analyst
Nationality American
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Parag Khanna (born 1977 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India) is an Indian American author and international relations expert. He currently serves as the Director of the Global Governance Initiative of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a think tank based in Washington, D.C.. His first book is entitled The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order, and was published by Random House in March 2008.

Khanna attended the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, majoring in international affairs and then earning a Master of Arts in Security Studies. He is currently working on his PhD in international relations at the London School of Economics. He speaks several languages, including German, Hindi, French, Spanish and basic Arabic.[1]

He has worked as an analyst for the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Economic Forum and the Brookings Institution. In 2007, he was a geopolitical advisor to the United States Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.[1] More recently, Khanna has provided expert advice and opinion to the Presidential campaign of Barack Obama, [2] and is a member of the Board of Independent Diplomat.

Khanna has contributed to numerous television programs and newspapers. His article, "Waving Goodbye to Hegemony", was the cover story on the New York Times Magazine on January 27, 2008.[3] He has since published his book, The Second World. He coined the term "geopolitical marketplace" to refer to the dynamic where the "first world" superpowers (US, EU and China) compete for the influence of the "second world." By "second world," Khanna refers to those pivotal regions in the Middle East, Latin America, Central and South Asia, East Asia, and Eastern Europe. Countries in the second world, like Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Colombia, Brazil, India, Russia, Libya, Vietnam and Malaysia, simultaneously have both first world and third world characteristics. They engage in multi-alignment vis-a-vis the US, EU, and China.

Khanna currently resides in New York City with his wife Ayesha and their daughter Zara.


  • The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order. Random House, 2008. ISBN 1400065089
  • How to Run the World Random House, 2009 (announced)


  1. ^ a b Parag Khanna (2008). Biography. Retrieved April 16, 2008.
  2. ^ Macleans Magazine (2008) "Interview with Parag Khanna". Retrieved August 18, 2008.
  3. ^ New York Times Magazine (2008). "Waving Goodbye to Hegemony". Retrieved April 16, 2008.

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