Commerce, Conflict, & Culture in the 21st Century
The world has gotten used to hearing America First - but is it ready for Asia First? Asia is home to 60% of the world's population & more than 30% of world GDP. Beyond China & India, the combined economy of ASEAN members is soon to be the fourth-largest. From the Belt & Road Initiative to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Asia's strategic vision, massive markets & demographic flows are reordering the entire world. What happens when Asia no longer just produces for the West but the West produces for Asia?
Join us as Parag Khanna delivers a tour of the Asianized 21st century, covering trends in commerce, conflict, & culture. He will be joined in discussion by Michael Froman, who formerly served as President Obama's principal advisor & negotiator on international trade & investment issues. The Future is Asian will be available for purchase & signing at the event.
Michael Froman is Vice Chairman & President of Strategic Growth for Mastercard. He previously served as the U.S. Trade Representative during President Obama's administration from 2013-2017. Prior to joining Mastercard, he was affiliated with the Council on Foreign Relations & continues to serve as a distinguished fellow.
Parag Khanna is Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data & scenario-based strategic advisory firm, & author of several books, including Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization & The Second World: Empires & Influence in the New Global Order. He has been a fellow at New America, Brookings, & the Lee Kuan Yew School in Singapore.