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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Furthermore, Kishore once again goes on a tirade of how the UN, IMF, and world Bank are generally just puppets of western vested interests. This thin theory amounts to little more than a standard description of globalization.

This is basically the only concrete suggestion he comes with in the book and it is only mentioned in a total of 7 mahvubani. For generations, the United States has acted in various ways, both unilaterally and multilaterally when it served it’s own ends.

The author provides many example of the world converging and how the West has set up global bodies in their interest. We cover how the vested interests of the United States generally guide what the rest of the ‘west’ grwat. Aug 12, Vinod Ravi rated it liked it. It heats up and gets worthwhile after about pages, when it becomes a bit of an anti-American screed.

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

In addition, “a consensual cluster of norms has been sweeping the globe and has been accepted by policymaking elites around the world. He’d object to this characterization, I’m sure, but convergwnce he objects to a lot of things. But his main message is a call for a renewed and robust multilateralism; a multilateralism that is less dependent on the whims of the West.

Kishore Mahbubani is optimistic.

Greag 12, Travis rated it really liked it. However, it has no captain or crew to take care of the boat as a whole. Many in the West today believe these are the worst of times.


The traditional units of old global social and political order, including the veritable nation-state, are proving to be less and less useful in managing these great changes. Humanity is also capable of changing course if it can be persuaded of the wisdom of such a move. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Less people die from international wars, and most issues are resolved politically through many meetings. Our fate is now more than ever is a global one.

Mahbubani believes that America and Europe need to cede power and create new outlets of communication and influence through the UN. He is currently writing a book on Brazil’s role in Latin American politics.

More ‘foreign’ students are graduating in American universities, than Americans themselves. Don’t agree with the author at times but his thoughts make you think and refine your arguements about current global issues.

In this case his focus is on how, in so many cases, the real beneficiaries of programs are those involved conergence the benefactors’ side with contracting, logistics, etc.

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

And yippee, I ambushed the author after a forum and got my copy autographed! The west now is losing relative power to the rest especially India and China. In 19th century France, it was 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.

I felt it was overloaded with his personal opinion and his digreement with Western views and not enough research and alterative approaches. We are creating a new global civilization. Power must be shared. Trivia About The Great Converg Secondly, the idea that the world’s elites should all learn the same ideas is problematic: Open Preview See a Problem?

A major thread running through this book is the value of pragmatic diplomacy – perhaps not too surprising A brilliant analysis of the current world order, and the challenges ahead as the balance of economic power shifts eastwards, and a more enlightened perspective on the value of the multilateral system with the ascendancy of the BRICS and other middle income countries.


This is not inconceivable: The huge increases in international development assistance for health in the last decade could never have been absorbed and utilised by WHO – they demanded new mechanism, and for all their weaknesses, the new financing instruments of the Global Fund and GAVI have contributed enormously to progress in health outcomes in recent years.

He argues that the United States would better pursue its interests by enhancing, rather than undermining, international institutions like the UN and the ICC. Too many forces have been unleashed to shrink the world. It has captains and crews, each claiming exclusive responsibility for one cabin. Thus, the world is becoming a more stable place to grow in all directions. He also repeats the misconception that WHO is a funding agency. I don’t think this book wiill age well as it is too skewed to a single opinion.

Most significantly, derived some very important lessons to be learnt while engaging with the West, and institutions of global governance. A good primer on global issues. I will recongnize that I have different world views than Mr. The UN Security Council must reflect contemporary great power configurations. I think I can understand his motivations for writing, but I still feel he’s a tad too tough on the ‘West’ and a tad too easy on the ‘Rest’. He uses his experience as Ambassador to the UN to make his arguments.

Oct 10, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: In that role, he served as President of th Kishore Mahbubani born 24 October is a Singaporean academic and former diplomat.

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