The Second World

Back when the Times Magazine carried Parag Khanna’s article about the “Second World” of rising powers, I waved it off as one more glib declinist thumbsucker. My mistake.

In an address to the Carnegie Council that’s available via podcast, Khanna apologizes for the Times excerpt’s focus on the US, and goes on to explain what his travelogue is really about. I found myself nodding along with Khanna as much as I usually do to Lee Perry, and I especially liked the ease with which he swats away Joe Nye’s notion of “soft power.” Check it out.