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Author, former diplomat, speaker and now a sought-after advisor to Fortune 50 and Silicon Valley CEOs, Anja Manuel shares her powerful insights on the rise of emerging markets in Asia and beyond, what this means for us and America’s future role in international leadership.
Anja Manuel was deeply involved in U.S. policy towards Asia as a diplomat for the U.S. State Department. Her front-row view of the colossal shift in power to China and India in particular makes her a significant voice on globalization and how to manage it today. As co-founder and partner with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in a strategic consulting firm, she helps business leaders make sense of and expand into key international markets.
Her book This Brave New World (May 2016) draws on two decades of experience in business, law and government to take the audience on an intimate tour of the corridors of power and the lowly slums of Asia. She has traveled extensively across Asia and the world, and with her clients, regularly experiences tough negotiators and managing unruly subsidiaries in cities from Beijing to Bangalore to Bogota. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Stanford University, Manuel now lectures at Stanford.
Providing audiences a candid look at U.S. foreign policy, Manuel is a commentator on TV and radio, and writes frequently for major media outlets such as NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, FORTUNE, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The Daily Beast and others.
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What the Rise of Asia Means for Us
In the next decade and a half, Asia will surpass the combined strength of North America and Europe in economic might, population size and military spending.
From her front-row view of this colossal shift, first at the State Department and now as an advisor to American CEOs, Anja Manuel escorts the audience on an intimate tour of the corridors of power of Asia’s predominant powers—China and India—to reveal what makes each country “tick” and what Americans doing business there should know. Through vibrant stories that have been described as “both heartbreaking and funny,” she reveals how each country is working to surmount enormous challenges—from the crushing poverty of Indian slum dwellers and Chinese factory workers, to outrageous corruption scandals, rotting rivers and unbreathable air, to managing their citizens’ discontent, and how some of these challenges create opportunities for joint work with American companies.
Based on her book This Brave New World, Manuel shows us an optimistic path—American politicians, businesses and ordinary citizens can bring China and India along as partners rather than alienating one or both, and thus extend our own leadership in the world.
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