The world has gotten used to hearing 'America First', but is it ready for 'Asia First'? Leading global strategy adviser and international bestselling author Parag Khanna makes a case for why we need to start looking at the world, and future, from the Asian point of view.
Date and time: Tuesday 5 November, 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 200, Social Sciences Building
The University of Sydney (Camperdown/Darlington Campus)
Entry: free and open to all with online registrations essential
In the 19th century, the world was Europeanised. In the 20th century, it was Americanised. Now, in the 21st century, the world is being irreversibly Asianised, according to Dr Parag Khanna.
The 'Asian Century' is far greater than just China. A new multi-civilizational order spanning Saudi Arabia to Japan, and Russia to Australia is taking shape—linking five billion people through trade, finance and infrastructure networks. China has taken a lead in building the new Silk Roads across Asia, but it will not lead alone. India and Southeast Asia are coming into their own as economic and strategic hubs; while from Iran to Indonesia, societies are teeming with ambitious and entrepreneurial youth, and privatisation is unlocking a new wave of growth from Saudi Arabia to Vietnam.
What happens when Asia no longer just produces for the West but the West produces for Asia? And when Asians don’t aspire to live like the West but rather Western societies could look to the Asian model of stability and far-sighted leadership? In this event Dr Khanna will share key insights, drawing from his newest book, The Future is Asian.
This event is co-presented with the Centre for International Security Studies.
Parag is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is Founder and Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm. In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s '75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century'.
Parag has been an adviser to the US National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 program. From 2013-18 he was a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He has also held roles as an adviser to United States Special Operations Forces; Fellow at the Brookings Institution; and the World Economic Forum in Geneva.
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, and also authored Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017) and co-authored Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012).
This event is free and open to all but online registration is essential.
Entry to ticket holders will be prioritised and given on a first-in, best-dressed basis until the room reaches capacity. If an event is full, this may result in standing room or delayed admittance until an appropriate time.
We recommend early arrival to allow time for finding the venue and securing a seat to the event. Doors open 15 minutes before the advertised start time.
If you could not register but would like to attend, you are welcome to join a stand-by queue on the night as seats may become available due to late cancellations. Please note, this is not guaranteed so you come at risk of non-admittance.
This venue provides wheelchair access, hearing loop and infrared hearing system.
If you have other access requirements or want more information, get in touch with us on 9351 2943 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Access | Nov 5 – Asian' in the subject line at the earliest opportunity to allow us time to organise for any additional services in time for the event.
This event takes place at SSB Lecture Theatre 200, which is on Level 2 of the Social Sciences Building (enter via Science Road).
There will be directional signage on the day leading to the theatre. You may also refer to the map on this page.
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Buses to the University are readily available from Railway Square, Central Station (Broadway). Please use the campus maps tool and tick the ‘State transit bus stops’ box under the ‘Amenities’ column to view all possible bus stops.
The venue is roughly 30 minutes walk from Redfern Station. Catch a train to Redfern Station and take Lawson Street up to Abercrombie Street. At the roundabout, follow Codrington Street up to Butlin Avenue. Follow Butlin Avenue through to the campus and up Eastern Avenue towards the Quadrangle and turn into Science Road. Keep walking along there – the venue will be on the right.
There is some on-street parking around Forest Lodge and Glebe.
There is also paid parking available at Western Avenue Carpark. Head to the University's Parking page for more information about fees and opening hours.
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