V&P Breakfast Briefing: “Asia for Asians: Is the Region Coming Together or Falling Apart?” – 19th February 2013

The past year’s headlines have been dominated by antagonisms between China and its neighbors, from border tensions with India and maritime disputes in the South China Sea. The US “pivot” to Asia could either re-establish balance or split the Asian region. The coming years will determine whether Asia coalesces into a coherent and peaceful region or becomes the prime locus of a potential world war. In this context, what steps can Asian governments and companies take to achieve visions of an “Asian Way”? Which policies should shift, which investments should be made, and which markets integrated? With an eye towards the ASEAN Free Trade Area scheduled for 2015, how can countries in the region prepare for greater internal competition while strengthening themselves collectively in the global marketplace as well?

The talk and the following Q&A will observe the Chatham House Rule.

Date:                     Tuesday, 19th February 2013

Time:                     07.45am – 09:00am

Cost:                     Complimentary – Tea, coffee, fruit juice and light snacks provided

Venue:                 By Invitation only

About the Speaker

Parag Khanna is a leading geo-strategist, world traveller, and author. He is Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS, Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, Senior Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, and Adjunct Professor in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012), the international bestseller 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 featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” Parag is regularly featured 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 travelled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.