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Sydney Ideas: The future is Asian

The world has gotten used to hearing America First, but is it ready for Asia First?

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 5 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. From Iran to Indonesia, societies teem 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.



Tuesday 5 November 2019 from 6pm to 7.30pm


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