Kishore Mahbubani was appointed Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy on 16 August 2004 after having served 33 years in the Singapore Foreign Service (with postings in Cambodia, Malaysia, Washington DC and twice as Ambassador to the UN, during which he also served as President of the Security Council). He was the Permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry from 1993-1998.
He is the author of Can Asians Think? published in Singapore, Canada, US, Mexico, India and People’s Republic of China and of Beyond The Age of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust between America and the World. His new book entitled The New Asian Hemisphere: the Irresistible Shift of Gobal Power to the East was published in New York in February 2008. He was also listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines in September 2005.
The West cannot imagine a world in which it isn't the dominant power.
If living standards are high and risk of ethnic violence low, why not loosen press restrictions?
Buying up U.S. currency was the smartest move China ever made, Mahbubani says.
Should they be transparent to the world? To the citizens of their own countries?
Wars, Mahbubani says, are a sunset industry.
Everyone wants to be green, Mahbubani says. It just has to be done fairly.
Only if you see the world through a 1945 lens, says Mahbubani.