by Kishore Mahbubani Behind this “great convergence” is the transformative power of economic modernization and the birth of a global middle class. In Asia. The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World middle class that brings an unprecedented convergence of interests and perceptions, cultures and values. Kishore Mahbubani is optimistic. Yet Mahbubani, one of the most perceptive global commentators, also warns that a new. Kishore Mahbubani, The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World, New York: Public Affairs.

Author: Mijin Vijind
Country: Moldova, Republic of
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Spiritual
Published (Last): 12 March 2013
Pages: 213
PDF File Size: 14.1 Mb
ePub File Size: 2.97 Mb
ISBN: 676-8-79900-755-2
Downloads: 62859
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Mikat

One example that Mahbubani brings up is in the decline of wars and combat deaths, “The number of people killed in battle–calculated perpopulation–has dropped by 1,fold over the centuries as civilizations evolved. A good primer on global issues. To find out more about cookies and change your preferences, visit our Cookie Thf. His recommendations about reforming the United Nations and promoting multilateralism while dealing with critical global issues are worthwhile.

This is to show us how well kixhore are capable, as equal humans, of having great countries that not only want to become economically and politically independent from living under from the West-often-supported fake democracies or autocracy with religious flavour, but equally value mahbubnai rules-based cooperation with the rest of the world based on respect and mutual-understanding not deceit or neglect.

International Politics in Both Rs and Ds should be able to find parts they like and parts they hate.

Dec 16, Jerod Ferry rated it liked it Shelves: Mahbubani simply reports how, during his debates at the World Economic Forum in Davos, global elites increasingly think alike. Sep 19, Mckinley rated it liked it Shelves: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World.

The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World by Kishore Mahbubani

Jul 21, Christina Crouch rated it liked it Shelves: November Volume 90, Issue 6 Pages iii—xi, — Yet Mahbubani, one of the most perceptive global commentators, also warns that a new global order needs new policies and attitudes. We need to address those points of view and concerns head on. Yet how exactly do the values India cherishes align with those of China’s society? To conclude, I thought the outline argument convincing and I share with the author the perhaps utopian idea that global governance and structures can be improved and reformed as we move from towards convergence and the creation of a ‘global village’.


Basically, business, economic, and modernizing factors transcend primal territorial, cultural, and low-level consciousness issues.

Why exactly should things be different this time around? Kishore Mahbubani born 24 October is a Singaporean academic and former diplomat.

The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World

Takes western powers to task but I don’t think that the bit of finger wagging mahbbani out of portion. Don’t waste your time. This was a Financial Times Book of the year. Beyond proposing to enhance the authority and legitimacy of international organizations, Mahbubani neglects to describe how policymakers could be induced to take the long, global view in the face of competing immediate national priorities.

Power must be shared. Kishore Mahbubani is optimistic. Their rapid modernization in all aspects of so In this philosophical and sociological follow-up to ‘The New Asian Hemisphere’, Kishore re-iterates convergencf major geo-political issues from the previous book, and this time provides some theoretical and practical solutions.

It has captains and crews, each claiming exclusive responsibility for one cabin. The provocation and challenge to the West inherent in the text is clear and the disenfranchisement kishorr blatant unfairness of the global supposed multilateral structures are examined through this lens.

Refresh and try again. The author provides many example of the world converging and how the West has set up global bodies in their interest. India, the Global Consumer vs.

The book generously uses the quotes from other publications in small fonts that convergnece difficult to read. Most significantly, derived some very important lessons to be learnt while engaging with the West, and institutions of global governance. The argument is an old one that is readily familiar to any student of international politics. The author has been one of the most forceful proponents of “Asian Values” emphasizing order, stability and authoritarianismarguing that the West places too much value on freedom, democracy and individualism.


Mahbubani has gone out of his way to present a narrative sympathetic to the Chinese leadership, it is clear to this reviewer. In many ways, The Great Convergence sounds eerily like Norman Angell’s The Great Illusionwhich argued that economic interdependence had made war all but impossible. Despite these hurdles, the world has evolved in a very positive direction. I think Asians, and particularly my region’s people, the Middle Easterners, which their region is currently in full revolt or some restive places are about to revolt, to gain our independence from the developed World unfair domination we need to read more books like this readable book by Mahbubani.

It never has been, and it probably never should. Once again though, Kishore goes into a news article-like approach near the end, detailing the impacts of relatively current decisions.

The author had a penchant for bragging e.

Few of the ideas presented in The Great Convergence are truly original and the book is filled with truisms and soundbites that, at closer inspection, make little sense “We will increasingly realize that our village is a world and not that our world is a village”.

Found myself in agreement with most of the ideas mentioned in it. Mar 23, Malik Siraj Akbar rated it liked it.