China’s meteoric rise to become the world’s second-largest economy and a major global power stunned the world, including the West, which has dominated the international order for the past 200 years. But if the West had paid close attention, Asia’s emergence – or re-emergence – wouldn’t have come as a surprise, according to geopolitical analyst Kishore Mahbubani. With pragmatism and faith in the enduring potential of Western civilization, he offers a refreshing take on an issue that has evoked much anxiety and pessimism in the West.
About the Speaker
Kishore Mahbubani is a distinguished fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute. As a diplomat, he served twice as president of the United Nations Security Council.