The 21st century will not be dominated by America or China, Brazil or India, but by the city. In an age that appears increasingly unmanageable, cities rather than states are becoming the islands of governance on which the future world order will be built. This new world is not — and will not be — one global village, so much as a network of different ones.
He briefly mentions the possibility that less developed countries can use charter cities to place themselves in the increasingly important global network of hub cities. Khanna’s piece is one of several interesting articles in an issue devoted to global cities.