Diplomat, author

Kishore writes about: Foreign Affairs, Politics

A veteran diplomat, student of philosophy, and celebrated author, Kishore Mahbubani is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute. His careers in diplomacy and academia have taken him from Singapore’s Chargé d’Affaires to wartime Cambodia (1973–74) and President of the UN Security Council (January 2001 and May 2002) to the Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (2004–2017).

Mahbubani writes and speaks prolifically on the rise of Asia, geopolitics, and global governance. His eight books (including his latest Has China Won?) and articles in The New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times and Foreign Affairs have earned him global recognition as “the muse of the Asian century.” Since his 1998 debut Can Asians Think?, he has challenged conventional wisdom on the big questions of our time.

Mahbubani has been listed among the world’s top 100 public intellectuals by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines and among the Top 50 individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism by the Financial Times. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October 2019.

I've never seen the young people in Asia as optimistic as they are today.


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