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Kishore Mahbubani is Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He previously served for 33 years in Singapore's diplomatic service and is recognised as an expert on Asian and world affairs.


A Welcome Message from Kishore Mahbubani

The past two centuries of Western domination of world history have been a major historical aberration. All aberrations end eventually. Asia will return to centre stage again. However, many leading global minds cannot understand this because their mental maps have been trapped by narrow Western worldviews. The main goal of my writings is to awaken the world to the completely different historical era we are entering. My writings may take you out of your comfort zone but I hope they will help you to understand how different this century will be from previous centuries.

Recent Articles


[For the New Book The Great Convergence:
Asia, the West and the Logic of One World]

Book Review

By Lauren Madow, PD Magazine, Summer, 2013

The Globalist’s Top Books of 2013

By The Globalist, 29 December, 2013

Books of the Year

By Martin Wolf, The Financial Times, 29 November, 2013

Book Reviews

By Lanxin Xiang, Survival, 30 September, 2013

States still compete in connected times

By Tom Switzer, The Australian, 27 July, 2013

A Bold Optimist

By David Hale, The International Economy, Spring 2013

Kishore’s World

By Donald K. Emmerson, July 2013

Logic of one world

By Dr Maleeha Lodhi, 09 July 2013

Summer books guide

By Martin Wolf, 28 June 2013


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[Other Articles]

The Fusion of Civilizations

The Foreign Affairs, May/June Issue, 2016

Beijing in the South China Sea — belligerent or assertive?

The Financial Times, 15 March, 2016

The enduring ideas of Lee Kuan Yew

The Straits Times, 12 March, 2016

Why Asia Doesn't Have a Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders

The World Post, 24 February, 2016

Youth here lack idealism

The Straits Times, 20 February, 2016

Let's talk about policy failures and the elected presidency

The Straits Times, 18 January, 2016

Rethinking sanctions

The Straits Times, 25 December, 2015

The road to a car-less Singapore

The Straits Times, 12 December, 2015

Using Singapore for India’s benefit

The Live Mint, 20 November, 2015

Red Alert: A new geopolitical haze

The Straits Times, 14 November, 2015

Are the British or Chinese more cunning?

The Financial Times, 29 October, 2015


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  Media

Deep Discussion on Meeting between Jinping Xi and Yingjiu Ma, 07 November, 2015

Crossover: Meeting between leaders an important milestone, 07 November, 2015

Conversation With S11: Kishore Mahbubani, 05 August, 2015

SG50+ Conference – Session 4: Governance, Institute of Policy Studies, NUS, 14 July 2015

The Aspirations of Inspirational Indonesia, World Economic Forum, 20 April 2015

What Happens When China Becomes Number One? Albert H. Gordon Lecture, Harvard Kennedy School, 8 April 2015

Leadership Beyond 2015, 29 Auguest, 2014

Interview with Thai PBS-small, 29 July, 2014

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