The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict, and Culture in the Twenty-First Century

February 27, 2019 - 9:00 am

1030 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC

Please join us on Wednesday, February 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for a discussion on Asia’s stunning rise and its accelerating influence on 21st century geopolitics, the world economy and global governance.

Far greater than just China, the new Asian system taking shape is a multi-civilizational order, linking five billion people through trade, finance, and infrastructure networks that represent 40 percent of global GDP. 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 wish they had Asians’ stability and far-sighted leadership?

Hosted by the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, in partnership with the American Geographical Society, this event will coincide with the launch of Dr. Parag Khanna’s new book The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict, and Culture in the 21st Century. This discussion is part of the Scowcroft Center’s work assessing long-term, global trends and crafting strategies to navigate them.


Opening remarks by:

Dr. Mathew Burrows

Director, Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Atlantic Council


Dr. Parag Khanna


“The Future is Asian”

 @ACScowcroft | #GlobalRisks

Wednesday, February 27

Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Conversation begins at 9:00 a.m.

Atlantic Council

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor

Washington, DC 20005


Dr. Mathew J. Burrows serves as the director of the Atlantic Council's Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. He was appointed counselor to the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in 2007 and director of the Analysis and Production Staff (APS) in 2010. As director of APS, Burrows was responsible for managing a staff of senior analysts and production technicians who guide and shepherd all NIC products from inception to dissemination. He was the principal drafter for the NIC publication Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, which received widespread recognition and praise in the international media and among academics and think tanks. In 2005, he was asked to set up and direct the NIC's new Long Range Analysis Unit, which is now known as the Strategic Futures Group.

Burrows joined the CIA in 1986, where he served as analyst for the Directorate of Intelligence (DI), covering Western Europe, including the development of European institutions such as the European Union. From 1998 to 1999 he was the first holder of the intelligence community fellowship and served at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Other previous positions included assignments as special assistant to the US UN Ambassador Richard Holbrooke (1999-2001) and Deputy National Security Advisor to US Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill (2001-02). He is a member of the DI's Senior Analyst Service.

Burrows graduated from Wesleyan University in 1976 and received a PhD in European history from Cambridge University, England in 1983.

Dr. Parag Khanna is a leading global strategy advisor, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap, a data and scenario based strategic advisory firm. Parag's newest book is The Future is Asian: Commerce, Conflict & Culture in the 21st Century (2019). He is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also author of Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). 

In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has traveled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.