Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna is Director of the Global Governance Initiative and a Senior Research Fellow in the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation.

He is also the author of “The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order” (Random House, 2008).

During 2007, Mr. Khanna was a senior geopolitical advisor to United States Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

From 2002 to 2005, he was the Global Governance Fellow at the Brookings Institution, managing the World Economic Forum’s Global Governance Initiative.

From 2000 to 2002 Mr. Khanna worked at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where he specialized in scenario and risk planning. Prior to joining the WEF, he was a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

He was a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly (2007-8), Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore (2006), Non-Resident Associate of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University (2004-5) and a Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, India (2004).

Having travelled in close to 100 countries, Mr. Khanna is a member of the Explorers Club. He speaks German, Hindi, French, Spanish and basic Arabic.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and a minor in Philosophy from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, a Masters Degree from Georgetown’s Security Studies Program and is earning a PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics.