Orwell’s Prophecy and the New Global World Order | How To Academy

Thu, 20 August 2020

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm GMT


Orwell’s Prophecy and the New Global World Order

Parag Khanna in conversation with Peter Frankopan

The 21st century will be dominated by three superpowers: the US, Europe and China. Parag Khanna investigates what this means for the rest of us.

At the end of the Cold War, we found ourselves living in a world with one superpower, the United States. Now, the moment of American supremacy is over, and three empires co-exist, in uncanny parallel with the world envisaged by George Orwell over sixty years ago in his dystopian masterpiece 1984: the United States (Oceania); Europe (Eurasia) and China (Eastasia).

Each of these superpowers competes for influence over mid-size countries, offering distinct advantages – and the power that wins will dominate the century to come.

In conversation with bestselling Oxford historian and author The Silk Roads, Peter Frankopan, geopolitical scholar Parag Khanna will take us on a tour of the new world order: from Azerbaijan to Venezuela, Libya to Malaysia, exploring how citizens of these countries and others can already feel the imperial forces exerting their influence and affecting the global balance of power. At stake is nothing less that the question of who will lead the 21st century.

This event takes place at 12:00pm British Summer Time.

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Parag Khanna

Global Strategic Advisor

Parag Khanna is the founder and managing partner of FutureMap, a global strategic advisory firm that specialises in data-driven scenarios and visualisations. He is the internationally bestselling author of seven books including The Second World, Connectography and The Future is Asian. Parag was named one of Esquire’s ’75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century’ and featured in WIRED magazine’s ‘Smart List.’ He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has travelled to more than 150 countries.

Peter Frankopan

Professor of Global History, Oxford

Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, published by Bloomsbury in 2015, was a No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller and remained in the top 10 for nine months after publication. It was named one of the ‘Books of the Decade’ 2010-2020 by the Sunday Times. The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World was published by Bloomsbury in 2018 and won the Human Sciences prize of the Carical Foundation in 2019.