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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In gdeat role, he served as President of th Kishore Mahbubani born 24 October convergencs a Singaporean academic and former diplomat. There are fewer battlefield deaths, less absolute poverty, more education worldwide than ever before.

This crucial missing link never materializes. Dec 08, Mingyi rated it liked it Shelves: Their rapid modernization in all aspects of so 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.

The Great Convergence – Kishore Mahbubani

Now battlefield deaths are down to three-tenths of a person perDespite his uplifting point of departure, Mahbubani proceeds to bemoan the insular priorities of contemporary politicians, whose focus on short term national interest prevents policymaking in the global interest.

This was a Financial Times Book of the year. If his analyses are sharp and insightful, his solutions are less mahbuani. The provocation and challenge to the West inherent in the text is clear and the disenfranchisement and blatant unfairness of the global supposed multilateral structures are examined through this lens. I think Asians, and particularly my region’s people, the Middle Easterners, which their region is currently in full revolt or some restive places are about to revolt, to gain our independence from the developed World unfair domination we need to read more books like this readable book by Mahbubani.


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Thus, the world is becoming a more stable place to grow in all directions. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The author provides many example of the world converging and how the West has set up global bodies in their interest. There was very little research presented and this author quoted too extensively from magazines and polititians.

He argues that US and European dominance of international affairs must abate as new powers rise and outlines major trends, risks, and opportunities. He brings up a lot of important issues but also a lot of trivia. It is hardly an innovative list, but the reflections are timely, provocative, and well informed. He masterfully describes how our world has seen more positive change in the past 30 years than the past years. What you can read next Can Asians Think?

Published February 5th by PublicAffairs first published January 1st He also repeats the misconception that WHO is a funding agency.

Book review: “The Great Convergence”

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 a Some of prof’s arguments can be arbitrary and the logical links are not very smooth, and the book has quite a lot of his personal sharing that can sometimes come across as boastful, some of the plans or solutions proposed carry good intention but maybe at present be wishful thinking.

Lists with This Book. I will recongnize that I have different world views than Mr. Aug 12, Vinod Ravi rated it liked it.

The book generously uses the quotes from other publications in small fonts that are difficult to read.

Jul 27, Ian McHugh rated it really liked it. I don’t think mahbhbani book wiill kisore well as it is too skewed to a single opinion. Global poverty is disappearing. Since this book was written was have had Brexit and other movements towards more isolationism.

The twenty-first century has seen a rise in the global middle class that brings an unprecedented convergence of convrgence and perceptions, cultures and values.


In many ways, The Great Convergence sounds eerily like Norman Angell’s The Great Illusionwhich argued that economic interdependence had made war all but impossible. This lack of originality and a lack of balance undermine the work, for this reviewer at least.

If humanity as a whole cannot find the wisdom to transfer 0. Instead, for the rest of the book, he goes on a tirade against the West. The potential for a peaceful new global civilization is evolving before our eyes almost unnoticed.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The global interest, The west vs. Crystallizes the important concerns and issues really well, but the problem is not with what he says as much as it is with what he DOESN’T say.

Jul 21, Christina Crouch rated it liked it Shelves: 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 fonvergence the rest rises to match or exceed the west’s there will either be a managed convergence of goals or disruptive chaos.

Some of prof’s arguments can be arbitrary and the logical links are not very smooth, and the book has quite a lot of his personal sharing that can sometimes come across as boastful, some of the plans or solutions proposed carry good intention but maybe mwhbubani present be wishful thinking. In addition, “a consensual cluster of norms has been sweeping the globe and has been accepted by policymaking elites around the world.