Parag Khanna: USA Losing the New Arms Race

Commercial Intelligence, Cultural Intelligence, Peace Intelligence
Parag Khanna
Parag Khanna

The New Arms Race

Connectivity and Competition

Whereas the United States sees China through the lens of defense, Europe’s view of China is shaped by its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies. Of the 25 top EPC companies in the world, 23 are European and Asian (Bechtel and Fluor are the only American firms that make the list).

There is no doubt that China’s infrastructure-driven grand strategy is crafted to last at least two generations, riding out any changes of government in host countries along the way. The United States, too, needs a strategy not just for the next administration but for the rest of this century. Even though the country is geographically detached from Eurasia, three factors ensure that it will remain a deeply essential superpower for connectivity for at least two decades: Energy, money, and technology.

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Robert David Steele
Robert David Steele

ROBERT STEELE: Parag is an honest and holistic thinker whom I deeply admire. I gave his book a well-deserved six-star summary review (in the top 10% across the 2000+ non-fiction books I have reviewed at Amazon) and link to that review below. This is a man who walks the ground, looks indigenous minds in the eye, and is incapable of telling a lie. He has a better understanding of Chinese strategy than anyone I know, and while he is more the diplomat than I am, we agree on the complete lack of US strategic integrity.

See Especially:

Review: Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization

Robert Steele: Reinventing the US Army Part I – An American Grand Strategy

Royal Danish Defence College: Interview with Robert Steele on Grand Strategy, Intelligence Reform, and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

See Also:

China @ Phi Beta Iota

Parag Khanna @ Phi Beta Iota

Strategy @ Phi Beta Iota