Kishore Mahbubani is optimistic. We are creating a new global civilization. Yet Mahbubani, one of the most perceptive global commentators, also warns that a new global order needs new policies and attitudes. Policymakers all over the world must change their preconceptions and accept that we live in one world. National interests must be balanced with global interests.

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Shelves: non-fiction , my-collection , asia , politics If you enjoy reading pages of rants against the West, this is the book for you. If convergence is a new concept to you, then this is an OK introduction, but there is nothing new here. Mr Mahbubani then explains that with a converging world, or a "global village", there is a strong need for global institutions to manage this global community. That seems interesting, I now If you enjoy reading pages of rants against the West, this is the book for you.

That seems interesting, I now assume Mr Mahbubani has some suggestions. Instead, for the rest of the book, he goes on a tirade against the West.

Anything that has gone wrong in recent time is because of the West. He mostly uses his own personal opinions or things he believes holds true. Very little factual evidence is presented.

The book cover states that "By prescribing brilliant and pragmatic solutions for improving our global order - including a formula that can finally break the logjam in the UN Security Council - Mahbubani maps a road away from the geopolitical contours of the nineteenth century that have shackled us, and identifies the defining condition of our era: the great convergence". He does no such thing at all. There are no solutions or suggestions to be found, other than the West just needs to change their attitude or increase budgets for WHO or the UN.

Oh, the much touted formula: This is basically the only concrete suggestion he comes with in the book and it is only mentioned in a total of 7 pages. Two things I did not care for: Number One: The author had a penchant for bragging e. Number Two: There was very little research presented and this author quoted too extensively from magazines and polititians. Jun 24, Jeffrey Cavanaugh rated it it was ok An overly chatty, rather banal tome that argues that the forces of globalization are creating an increased demand for stronger multilateral institutions.

The argument is an old one that is readily familiar to any student of international politics. The issues are still the same.

Their rapid modernization in all aspects of society is absolutely revolutionary. There are more engineers in China than anywhere else in the world, and India and China will both create more patents and scientific articles moving forward into the future.

Furthermore, Kishore once again goes on a tirade of how the UN, IMF, and world Bank are generally just puppets of western vested interests. 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. And of course, he covers in depth some extreme cases of corruption. Despite these hurdles, the world has evolved in a very positive direction.

Less people die from international wars, and most issues are resolved politically through many meetings. Basically, business, economic, and modernizing factors transcend primal territorial, cultural, and low-level consciousness issues.

Thus, the world is becoming a more stable place to grow in all directions. Once again though, Kishore goes into a news article-like approach near the end, detailing the impacts of relatively current decisions.

I recommend reading this if you want to understand how the world will evolve geo-politically.


Kishore Mahbubani

He received a M. His earlier postings included Cambodia, Malaysia and the United States. He is also a Professor in the Practice of Public Policy. In addition, he was a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University in — His latest book, Has the West Lost It? In The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World, Mahbubani describes how the world has seen more positive change in the past 30 years than the past years.


The Great Convergence


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