Center Board Member Publishes Book on Asian Hemisphere

February 1, 2008

Center board member Kishore Mahbubani, dean and professor in the Practice of Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, has written The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East (PublicAffairs Books, February 2008). The book details how the Asian renaissance will impact world politics, markets, and history.

"The decisions we make today could influence the course of the twenty-first century," he writes. "But it is clear that the worldviews of the leading Western minds are trapped in the previous centuries. These minds cannot even conceive of the possibility that they may have to change these worldviews to understand the new world. Unless they do, we could make disastrous decisions."

Amartya Sen, a Nobel laureate in economics, is among many who praise the book: "In The New Asian Hemisphere, Kishore Mahbubani has given us a very powerful account of the world seen through Asian eyes, and has shown the global relevance of that penetrating vision. The book is both insightful and delightfully combative as well as fun to read."

Mahbubani also is the author of Can Asians Think? and Beyond the Age of Innocence. In 2005, Foreign Policy magazine ranked him as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world.