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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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You might also like Book review: Good book, glad I read it. The potential for a peaceful new global civilization is evolving before our eyes almost unnoticed.

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

Both Rs and Ds should be able to find parts they like and parts they hate. The west now is losing relative power to the rest especially India and China. The author has been one of the most forceful proponents of “Asian Values” emphasizing order, stability and authoritarianismarguing that the West places too much value on freedom, democracy and individualism. Excellent book for showing the forces of convergence and the logic of one world. Mahbubani is an impatient, somewhat rancorous big-picture writer, using many analogies and aphorisms, so he dedicates very little time to explain how exactly the changes he proposes should take place.

He masterfully describes how our world has seen more positive change in the past 30 years than the past years.

The author provides many example of the world converging and how the West has set up global bodies in their interest. 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 implemented.


Mar 20, Michael Foley rated it really liked it Shelves: Return to Book Page. I’m all about America changing its behavior and recognizing there is no monopoly on the future, but there are much better reads on the subject: China and India, Africa and the Islamic world must be integrated.

May 12, Jim Davis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kishore Mahbubani is optimistic. In the 20th century with two world wars and a few mahubbani, it was Soon after its publication, however, World War I broke out in a profoundly interconnected Europe.

A good primer on global issues. The convergence also poses Environmental, economic, mahbuban, and Geopolitical challenges as the world shifts to this new environment.

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 of the rest rises to match or exceed the west’s there will either be a managed convergence of goals or disruptive chaos.

Yet Mahbubani, one of the most perceptive global commentators, also warns that a new global order needs new policies and attitudes. I feel I did get a better understanding for the argument of greater global governance.

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

The great minds of our planet will therefore th no choice but to focus on how we manage the small, dense, and deeply interconnected global village we have created.

The argument is an old one that is readily familiar to any student of international politics.

Apr 13, Rich rated it it was ok. The issues are still the same. Why is the author so sure that a conflict between China and Japan is unthinkable? To conclude, I thought the outline argument convincing and I share with the author the perhaps utopian idea that global governance and structures can be improved and reformed as we move from towards convergence and the creation of a ‘global village’.


I recommend reading this if you want to understand how the world will evolve geo-politically.

Has the West Lost It? There are more engineers in China than anywhere else in the world, and India and China will both create more patents and scientific articles moving forward into the future. He is the author of IBSA: In The Great Convergence, Kishore Mahbubani explores the ways that our world has become increasingly interconnected and the need for increasing global governance, and multilateral organizations.

The Great Convergence – Kishore Mahbubani

graet Jul 27, Ian McHugh rated it really liked it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. One example that Mahbubani brings up is in the decline of wars and combat deaths, “The number of people killed in battle–calculated perpopulation–has dropped by 1,fold over the centuries as civilizations evolved.

Mr Mahbubani then explains that with a converging world, or a “global village”, there is a strong need for global institutions to manage this global community. Power must be shared. One of the maububani works on Globalization that I have come across so far.

It highlights the shortcomings in the current model of distribution mahbubanl foreign aid in the developing world and how it is used to influence national policies inside the UN. The argument of this book is that world is clearly converging and that the world needs better global institutions that represent all people and not disproportionately Western interests. I will recongnize that I have different world views than Mr.