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Kishore Mahbubani

Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Kishore Mahbubani is Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore.

He was with the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years (1971-2004), where he had postings in Cambodia, Malaysia, Washington D.C. and New York (where he served two postings as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council, in January 2001 and May 2002). He was Permanent Secretary at the Singapore Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998.

He has been a fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs and was a recipient of the Foreign Policy Association Medal in 2004.

Mr. Mahbubani is the author of Can Asians Think? (Marshall Cavendish, 4th ed., 2010), Beyond The Age of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust Between America and the World (PublicAffairs, 2008), and The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East (PublicAffairs, 2008). His latest book is The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World (PublicAffairs, 2013).

Mr. Mahbubani earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Singapore. He earned a Master’s degree in philosophy at Dalhousie University, Canada.

Articles by Kishore Mahbubani

U.S.-China: The Difficulty of Becoming Number Two

Are U.S. politicians ready to tell their people that the day is near when the United States will no longer be the globe's number one?

June 7, 2013

Why the United Nations Is Kept Weak

Is the West underestimating the value of the trust that the UN enjoys in the hearts and minds of the rest of the world's population?

February 9, 2013

China Returns to Its Global Roots

Can China's future actions as a world power be predicted by a close look at its previous Golden Age?

April 21, 2008

The Islamic Renaissance

Why has the West yet to recognize the cultural rejuvenation taking place in the Islamic world?

April 18, 2008

How Muslims View the West

How do the differing mindsets of Westerners and Muslims explain tensions between the two groups?

April 17, 2008

Dealing with the Muslim World: Five Western Mistakes

Why did Europe and the United States choose not to help Islamic countries for real?

March 9, 2005