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prof. dr. Kishore Mahbubani

prof. dr. Kishore Mahbubani

‘The century of Asia’
Language : English

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A student of philosophy and history, Kishore Mahbubani has had the good fortune of enjoying a career in government and, at the same time, in writing on public issues. With the Singapore Foreign Service from 1971 to 2004, he had postings in Cambodia (where he served during the war in 1973-74), Malaysia, Washington DC and New York, where he served two stints as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He was Permanent Secretary at

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A student of philosophy and history, Kishore Mahbubani has had the good fortune of enjoying a career in government and, at the same time, in writing on public issues. With the Singapore Foreign Service from 1971 to 2004, he had postings in Cambodia (where he served during the war in 1973-74), Malaysia, Washington DC and New York, where he served two stints as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998. Currently, he is the Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) of the National University of Singapore. Concurrently, Prof Mahbubani continues to serve in Boards and Councils of several institutions in Singapore, Europe and North America, including the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Council, the Asia Society's International Council, the Yale President's Council on International Activities (PCIA), and the 2008 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Commission of Eminent Persons.

In the world of ideas, Prof Mahbubani has spoken and published globally. His articles have appeared in a wide range of journals and newspapers, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Washington Quarterly, Survival, American Interest, the National Interest, Time, Newsweek and New York Times. He has also been profiled in the Economist and in Time Magazine. He is the author of “Can Asians Think?” (published in Singapore, Canada, US, Mexico, India, China and Malaysia), “Beyond The Age Of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust between America and the World” (published in Us and China), and “The New Asian Hemisphere: the irresistible shift of global power to the East” (published in US, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Taiwan).

Prof Mahbubani was awarded the President’s Scholarship in 1967. He graduated with a First Class honours degree in Philosophy from the University of Singapore in 1971. From Dalhousie University, Canada, he received a Masters degree in Philosophy in 1976 and an honorary doctorate in 1995. He spent a year as a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 1991 to 1992. He was also given the 2003–2004 Dr Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award by the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) at Tufts University.

He has been conferred The Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the Singapore Government in 1998. The Foreign Policy Association Medal was awarded to him in New York in June 2004 with the following opening words in the citation: “A gifted diplomat, a student of history and philosophy, a provocative writer and an intuitive thinker”. Prof Mahbubani was also listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines in September 2005 was also included in the March 2009 Financial Times list of Top 50 individuals (including Obama, Wen Jiabao and Sarkozy) who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism.

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“The End of History”

"An Asian Reaction"

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The New Asian Hemisphere

Title:
The New Asian Hemisphere
 
Subtitle:
The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East
 
Author:
prof. dr. Kishore Mahbubani
 
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
 
Book:
Hardcover, 336 pages
 
ISBN:
978-15-864-8466-8
 
 
 
 
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In this book, one of Asia's leading intellectuals illuminates what will be on the agenda as Western domination ends and the Asian renaissance impacts world politics, markets and history.For centuries the Asians (Chinese, Indians, Muslims and others) have been bystanders in world history. Now, they are ready to become co-drivers.Asians have finally understood, absorbed and implemented Western best practices in many areas: from free-market economies to modern science and technology, from meritocracy to rule of law. They have also become innovative in their own way, creating new patterns of cooperation not seen in the West.Will the West resist the rise of Asia? The good news is that Asia wants to replicate, not dominate, the West. For a happy outcome to emerge, the West must gracefully give up its domination of global institutions, from the IMF to the World Bank, from the G7 to the UN Security Council.History teaches that tensions and conflicts are more likely when new powers emerge. This too may happen. But they can be avoided if the world accepts the key principles for a new global partnership spelled out in this book.

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Beyond The Age Of Innocence

Title:
Beyond The Age Of Innocence
 
Subtitle:

Rebuilding Trust Between American and the World

 
Author:
prof. dr. Kishore Mahbubani
 
Publisher:
The Perseus Books Group
 
Book:
Paperback, 256 pages
 
ISBN:
978-15-864-8379-1
 
 
 
 
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More than half of the world's population lives in Asia and the Middle East, and is becoming more and more alienated from America. Now, a uniquely qualified Asian writer explains how this happened and what can be done. After publishing articles in leading American journals for over two decades, Kishore Mahbubani was described by The Economist as an Asian Toynbee, preoccupied with the rise and fall of civilizations . Trained in philosophy in North America and Asia, and well-experienced in realpolitik as a diplomat on the world stage, Mahbubani has unusual insight into America's ever more troubled relationship with the rest of the world. In Beyond the Age of Innocence , Mahbubani reveals to us the America that Asia and the rest of the world see. Where she was once perceived as the land of freedom and opportunity, the end of the Cold War changed this. America made a terrible mistake and began to ignore the plight of others, indifferent to the consequences of her decisions on other nations. In particular, America was imprudent in her policy towards two large masses of mankind; the Chinese and Muslim populations. Guantanamo damaged her moral authority, but Abu Ghraib, paradoxically, may have demonstrated the accountability of American institutions. Still, disillusionment with America has spread to all corners. To allow any lasting gap between America and the world, Mahbubani argues, would be a colossal strategic mistake for America and a huge loss to the world. But there is still time for the US to change course, and in this thought-provoking, visionary book, Mahbubani shows how.

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Can Asians Think?

Title:
Can Asians Think?
 
Author:
prof. dr. Kishore Mahbubani
 
Publisher:
Times Editions
 
Book:
Paperback, 264 pages
 
ISBN:
978-98-123-2789-5
 
 
 
 
 

Can Asians think? Is Western civilization universal? Does the West promote human rights for altruistic reasons? Since 1998, Kishore Mahbubani has attempted to answer these questions in his provocative collections of essays entitled CAN ASIANS THINK? Now, in the third edition of this work, Mr. Mahbubani includes two new essays which discuss the changing role and importance of the United Nations. As the Singapore Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Mahbubani has a unique understanding of the inner workings of this organization. For two years he sat on the UN Security Council. In his new essay, "Power Without Responsibility, Responsibility Without Power?" Mr. Mahbubani discusses the importance of the security council and the relationship between the permanent 5 and elected 10 members. In his second new essay, "The United Nations and the United States: An Indispensable Partnership", Mr. Mahbubani addresses the fragile US-UN relationship that often made headlines this past year. With his straightforward style and unique perspective, Mr. Mahbubani's book is still as relevant today as it was in 1998. The new material provides a fresh look at the ever-changing role of the United Nations.

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