U.S. President Barack Obama appointed the veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke as his special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Parag Khanna, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and author of “The Second World: How Emerging Powers are Redefining global Competition in the 21st Century,” speaks with Martin Savidge to discuss how a troop increase in Afghanistan might impact Pakistan, Holbrooke’s future in the region and the involvement of other nations.
Below, read more about Khanna’s book on emerging world powers and what bloggers have to say about the “second world.”
Khanna’s book discusses “second world” countries — those like Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, and Venezuela that are more and more shaping global politics and economics.
A blogger at “Bread and Bread” discusses the book and says that the Obama administration should heed its conclusions, as the U.S. could become a second world country.
The Guardian’s “Notes and Queries” asks users to comment on whether the “second world” classification exists, prompting a discussion of the value of this tiered classification system.
The “Moor Next Door” blog discusses the history of the terminology, but argues that classifying countries as first- or third-world is outdated.
The “Sala’s Wild Thoughts” blog says that the Phillipines has been declared a second world country, though the country must take steps to improve its economy.
A blogger at “Modern Ghana” writes about politician Nana Akufo-Addo’s promises to move Ghana up the world ladder, turning it into a first world country.