Tag Archives: Kishore Mahbubani

PROF KISHORE MAHBUBANI: SINGAPORE WILL BE DESTROYED BY A POPULIST GOVT

One of the most point i made is that, not since human history began, 5,000 years ago has any society improved the living standard of its people as quickly and as comprehensively as Singapore has done so in the last 50 years; not only from 3rd world to first world, actually from 3rd to 1st world in record time. I discovered this from many people when I was ambassador to United Nations, and I would have the head of UNICEF the late Mr James Grant said to me, Kishore, your Singapore record in reducing infant mortality is the fastest ever seen in human history.

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Kishore Mahbubani in British magazine’s list of top 50 world thinkers

In 2009, the Financial Times included him as one of 50 individuals who would shape the debate on capitalism's future. He was also selected as one of Foreign Policy's top 100 global thinkers in 2010 and 2011. The don, who writes a monthly column in The Straits Times' By Invitation series, has been lauded for being among the first to argue that Asian powers were ascending while the influence of Western democracies was declining.

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KISHORE MAHBUBANI: THE WEST MUST LEARN TO MANAGE DECLINE

So how should the West manage its decline? Three simple steps could make a big difference. First, end the ideological crusade of promoting democracy. Indeed, the Ukraine fiasco is a direct result of the West encouraging street protests instead of encouraging political compromise between the two camps. This reckless geopolitical behaviour was a direct result of the belief - to borrow the phrase used by the late Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev - that "history is on our side". Actually, as the realist former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger wisely and subtly pointed out recently, it would be unwise to ignore vital Russian interests in Ukraine.

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