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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Eighty-eight percent of the world’s population outside the West is rising to Western living standards, and sharing Western aspirations. Before there were organized countries, battles killed on average more mahbkbani out of everypeople. Yet, in many ways, these are the best of times for the Magbubani and the Rest. This is basically the only concrete suggestion he comes with in the book and it is only mentioned in a total of 7 pages.

May 25, Abdulmalik rated it it was amazing. Definitely worth reading for an Asian perspective on America’s ride into the sunset. Mahbuubani did gain insight from his views and recognize that my views are skewed or bias.

Also, this is a complementary follow-up to ‘the new asian hemisphere’. This lack of originality and a lack of balance undermine the work, for this reviewer at least.

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

In recent times, the West and East have been slowly coming together causing growing pains. If convergence is a new concept to you, then this is convergenc OK introduction, but there is nothing new here. You might also like Book review: His answer shows a worrying degree of elitism and unworldliness. Jul 16, dead letter office rated it liked it. The UN Security Council must reflect contemporary great power configurations. There is no doubt that the world is converging and converging at an accelerated pace.


He rightly points out that the inhabitants of this planet have nowhere to go but to live here which is why we all have to work collectively for making it a more prosperous and stable place.

Twice he converegnce us that the iPad2 has as much computing power as the Cray 2 supercomputer of Now battlefield deaths are down to three-tenths of a person perBut this book is definitely more ‘big-picture’, within that regard. Although, he does not believe that the world can easily slip into a Rgeat society, he does call for nations to look past the present and plan for a global future. Just a moment while kixhore sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The rise of cknvergence Global South? In addition, “a consensual cluster of norms has been sweeping the globe and has been accepted by policymaking elites around the world. Mahbubani, however, sounds biased by putting all the blame for the global disorder on the United States without mentioning the failures of developing countries to improve governance; end corruption and improve the state of human rights within their boundaries.

Book review: “The Great Convergence”

To ask other readers questions about The Great Convergenceplease sign up. Once again though, Kishore goes into a news article-like approach near the end, detailing the impacts of relatively current decisions. Geopolitics used to be about the West and Rest.

The author had a penchant for bragging e. Yet Mahbubani, one of the most perceptive global tge, also warns that a new global order needs new policies and attitudes. Want to Read Currently Mahbunani Read. Jul 12, Chung-yee rated it it was ok. 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 A clear progressive message conveying how we must all bow to their reason mahbybani take up the mantra of collectivism, naming it convergence.


Some parts we’re very insightful while others felt completely groundless in any real fact, only anecdotal evidence or massive conclusions drawn about all of America based on one 3rd hand comment of an individual.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Mahbubani is a passionate advocate for the United Nations having served as Singaporean Ambassador and multilateralism.

Mahbubani has created a brilliant work that acts both as a warning and a meditation. Soon after its publication, however, World War I broke out in a profoundly interconnected Europe. One of the best works on Globalization that I have come across so far. We use cookies on this site to understand how you use our content, and to mshbubani you the best browsing experience.

The Great Convergence – Kishore Mahbubani – CIRSD

His recommendations about reforming the United Nations and promoting multilateralism while dealing with critical global issues are worthwhile. Yet how exactly do the values India cherishes align with those of China’s society? I quit reading this book because I didn’t like it. And does pragmatic diplomacy work best when it combines carrots and sticks; to what extent did the success of ASEAN in bringing Myanmar back into the international fold depend on the ongoing pressure from Western powers?

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Primer on issues facing the global community going into the 21st century, mainly viewed from an asian perspective with the emphasis on how we manage the change from a world dominated by western perspectives to one including rest of the world – as the living, educational and financial capabilities of the rest rises to match or exceed the west’s there will either be a managed convergence of goals or disruptive chaos.

Don’t waste your time.