Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Huntington-Khanna vs. Savitri Era

[The Big Three are the ultimate “Frenemies.” Twenty-first-century geopolitics will resemble nothing more than Orwell’s 1984, but instead of three world powers (Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia), we have three hemispheric pan-regions, longitudinal zones dominated by America, Europe and China. As the early 20th-century European scholars of geopolitics realized, because a vertically organized region contains all climatic zones year-round, each pan-region can be self-sufficient and build a power base from which to intrude in others’ terrain. But in a globalized and shrinking world, no geography is sacrosanct. So in various ways, both overtly and under the radar, China and Europe will meddle in America’s backyard, America and China will compete for African resources in Europe’s southern periphery and America and Europe will seek to profit from the rapid economic growth of countries within China’s growing sphere of influence. Globalization is the weapon of choice. The main battlefield is what I call “the second world.” -- Waving Goodbye to Hegemony By PARAG KHANNA NYT: January 27, 2008 9:48 AM]
[Comparable in scope and boldness to Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History and the Last Man and Samuel P. Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Parag Khanna’s The Second World will be the definitive guide to world politics for years to come. - ABOUT THIS BOOK]
Parag Khanna, Director of the Global Governance Initiative and Senior Research Fellow in the American Strategy Program at the New American Foundation, in his forthcoming book, The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (Random House, 2008) proposes a variation of Samuel P. Huntington’s prediction of a trifurcated world. We, on the contrary, believe firmly in the World Union thesis of Sri Aurobindo and hope that the whole humanity will unite by embracing the Savitri Era Religion. [TNM]

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