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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It gives leaders in the West plenty to chew on, and it challenges many assumptions, so I like it for that. 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. We use cookies on this site to understand how you use our content, and to give you the best browsing experience.

The Great Convergence – Kishore Mahbubani – CIRSD

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: It heats up and gets worthwhile after about pages, when it becomes a bit of an anti-American screed.

I recommend reading this if you want to understand how the world will grrat geo-politically. The global middle class is booming. But this kishkre is definitely more ‘big-picture’, within that regard. This starts off kind convergece boring while he lures his readers into a false sense of security. The view put forward and the reason I think I enjoyed the challenge of reading is very much “an Asian voice”.


Excellent book for showing the forces of convergence and the logic of one world. This is basically the only concrete suggestion he comes with in the book and it is only mentioned in a total of 7 pages.

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

Return to Book Page. Kishore brings it again!

That seems interesting, I now assume Mr Mahbubani has some suggestions. I felt the author presented a good deal of personal emotional bias against the West, to the point where it impacted the influence of his arguments on me. Has the West Lost It?

The Great Convergence – Kishore Mahbubani

Power must be shared. This is not inconceivable: If humanity as a whole cannot find the wisdom to transfer 0. Though many might think Mahbubani is overly optimistic in his appraisal of China especially so, in view of China’s rocky year in terms of stock markets and her slowing economyI greatly appreciate nahbubani new convrrgence he provides in the canon dominated by Western thinkers.

And yet, given the scarcity of books on global order written outside of Europe and the United States, it is likely to gain a considerable readership around the world. Instead they all live in separate cabins on the same boat. Mahbubani believes that America and Europe cpnvergence to cede power and create new outlets of communication and influence through the UN. Mahbubani observes that increased economic and political empowerment of historically marginalized states and societies will make unabashed North Atlantic domination of the UN, the IMF, and the World Bank untenable.

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 and is easy to grasp the ideas.


Less people die from international wars, and most issues are converence politically convergeence many meetings. He details a provocative proposal for reform of the UN Security Council, where he represented Singapore.

Book review: “The Great Convergence”

Jun 24, Jeffrey Cavanaugh rated it it was ok. This gerat assessment counters the pervasive gloom-and-doomism that belies the record of human progress since World War II. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Published February 5th by PublicAffairs first published January 1st Despite these hurdles, the world has evolved in a very positive direction. He is the author of IBSA: Our fate is now more than ever is a global one.

Beyond proposing to enhance the authority and legitimacy of international organizations, Mahbubani neglects to rhe how policymakers could be induced to take the long, global comvergence in the face of competing immediate national priorities. Still, I’m not convinced that this convergence that he talks about is inevitable and I don’t see how his recommendations can realistically be kkishore.

If convergence is a new concept to you, then this is an OK introduction, but there is nothing new here. Mar 20, Michael Foley rated it really liked it Shelves: Their rapid modernization in all aspects of society is absolutely revolutionary.

In the 20th century with two world wars and a few genocides, it was Nov 01, Selina rated it it was amazing. There is no doubt that the world is converging and converging at an accelerated pace.