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.
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What you can read next Can Asians Think? Apr 13, Rich rated it it was ok. Mahbubani opens with an optimistic review of human development.
Book has a short-to-medium-term perspective, not a long-term one.
Book review: “The Great Convergence”
In recent times, the West and East have been slowly coming together causing growing pains. It highlights the shortcomings in the current model of distribution of foreign aid in the developing world and how it is used to influence national policies inside the UN. Jun 24, Jeffrey Cavanaugh rated it it was ok. If humanity as a whole cannot find the wisdom to transfer 0. He iishore that the United States would better pursue its interests by enhancing, rather than undermining, international institutions like the UN and the ICC.
Don’t agree with the author at times but his thoughts make you think and refine your arguements about current global issues. The chapter about international aid is fasci Kishore Mahbubani has served as a senior diplomat and a public policy scholar. Kishore brings it again! Whether it is through aid to poor nations, which ends up in western coffers, or subsidizing their own national products to compete against cheaper international products.
Still it gives a good overview of globalization and the long term trend forward, and it’s not too deep into any specific area of global convergence gives overview, or touch the surfaceit’s thus not a deep read and is easy to grasp the ideas. In the 20th century with two world wars and a few genocides, it was Their rapid modernization in all aspects of society is absolutely revolutionary.
Jan 29, Rex rated it it was ok Shelves: It’s always interesting seeing how an Asian thinker assesses the rise of his own region – perhaps, more biased; but nonetheless, more authentic. Though many might think Mahbubani is overly optimistic in his appraisal of China especially so, in view of China’s rocky year in terms of stock markets and her slowing economyI greatly appreciate the new perspective he provides in the canon dominated by Western thinkers. The sidelining of some crucial arguments on human rights and Chinese and, indeed, Singaporean methods of government was an omission here as was a consideration of the relative stability of the West – although in light of ‘Brexit’ and the election of President Trump this seems less plausible to maintain!
If his analyses are sharp and insightful, his solutions are less groundbreaking. I felt the author presented a good deal of personal emotional bias against the West, to the point where it impacted the influence of his arguments on me. Ridiculous projections abound, including the assertion that policymakers will not revert to protectionism, and every other global trend observed in the early s will continue indefinitely.
He previously served for five years as a foreign affairs and defense aide for the United States Congress. Ten Predictions under EnglishFeatured. Geopolitics used to be about the West and Rest. Why exactly should things be different this time around? It’s a great book for people who are interested in the changing global political and economic landscape and wondering how our world will look like in the next few years in the age of pressing global challenges such as poverty, terrorism and rise of new global powers such China, India and Brazi Yet The twenty-first century has seen a rise in the global middle class that brings an unprecedented convergence of interests and perceptions, cultures and values.
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Book reviews, English, Global governance. Aug 12, Vinod Ravi rated it liked it.
The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World
Global poverty is disappearing. However, it has no captain or crew to take care of the boat as a whole. May 12, Jim Davis rated it it was amazing Shelves: China and India, Africa and the Islamic world must be integrated. Our fate is now more than ever is a global one. The west now is losing relative power to the donvergence especially India and China.
The Great Convergence – Kishore Mahbubani
But their discussion constitutes a small share of an unbalanced, repetitive volume that rehashes establishment views on globalization without breaking new ground. This was a Financial Times Book of the year. As a result, the US needs to look at itself and determine how it shall proceed in the future. The world is converging in economic and political power.
I recommend reading this if you want to understand how rgeat world will evolve geo-politically. This lack of originality and a lack of balance undermine the work, for this reviewer at least. Building a Global Policy School in Asia. China and India, Africa and the Islamic world must be integrated. Policymakers all over the world must change their preconceptions and accept that we live in one world.
The author provides many example of the world converging and how the West has set up global bodies in their interest.
The global interest, The west tbe. In this philosophical and sociological follow-up to ‘The New Asian Hemisphere’, Kishore re-iterates several major geo-political issues from the previous book, and this time provides some theoretical and practical solutions.