Parag Khanna on What Won’t Change About Globalization After Coronavirus
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On today’s episode, Parag Khanna, global strategist and author of The Future Is Asian, discusses the failure of America’s approach to coronavirus and the view of America from Asia.
From the episode:
Parag Khanna: I don’t think there is such a thing as an Asian model in terms of one coherent approach to coronavirus, but Asia has various model and many different kinds of governments. I always have to remind people that more people in Asia live in democracies than non-democracies. Obviously, there’s a particular 1.4 billion people known as the Chinese who live in an authoritarian country, but the vast majority of Asians do live in democratic societies, such as Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
Certainly from the standpoint of effectiveness of the response of country, you could add to the list Singapore, which is where I live: they’re very transparent when it comes to their policy responses. There are very competent states with strong public administration and good health care systems and an elderly populations. They need to care for strong investment in R&D and technology and medical sectors. All of those things have proven to be quite useful background, obviously, for a crisis like this. So there isn’t an Asian model because then you’d have to include China in that model.
Parag Khanna is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm. Parag’s newest book is The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century (2019). He is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016).