Kishore Mahbubani:The New Asian Hemisphere
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.
Kishore Mahbubani: Well, we are moving into a completely new era of world history, and I described it in two ways. It is the end of the era of Western domination of world history, but I hasten to add, it is not the end of the West. The West will remain, single strongest civilization for a long, long time to come, but it can no longer dominate the world in the way it has for the last 200 years. The second aspect of this new era of course is the return of Asia, and while the return of Asia seems rather abnormal now. Actually, if you look not at the last 200 years, if you look at the last 2000 years, the two largest economies of the world have consistently been China and India, so if China and India become once again the largest economies as every one predicts in the 21st century, it will clearly be a return to the norm and so we shouldn’t be surprised that it is going to happen.
Recorded on: 2/28/08
The East is again eclipsing the West, Mahbubani says.
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