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The Asian 21st Century

  • Provides perspectives of a senior UN official and insightful international observer

  • Provides a comprehensive and in-depth study of the global dynamics and challenges

  • Offers insights and concrete solutions for dealing with internal crises to restore international governance

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

Part of the book series: China and Globalization (CG)

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Table of contents (44 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    • Kishore Mahbubani
    Pages 1-11Open Access
  3. The End of the Era of Western Domination

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 13-13
    2. The Hypocrisy of the West

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 15-18Open Access
    3. Trump, Macron and the Poverty of Liberalism

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 19-21Open Access
    4. Democracy or Plutocracy? America’s Existential Question

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 23-34Open Access
    5. Can America Escape Plutocracy?

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 35-37Open Access
    6. Why the Trump Administration Has Helped China

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 49-52Open Access
    7. Why American Presidents Matter

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 53-55Open Access
    8. What Biden Will Mean for the Rest of the World

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 57-61Open Access
    9. East and West: Trust or Distrust?

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 63-65Open Access
  4. The Asian Renaissance

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 71-71
    2. On the Dawn of the Asian Century

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 73-76Open Access
    3. ASEAN’s Quiet Resilience

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 77-79Open Access
    4. Asia, Say No to NATO

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 81-83Open Access
    5. East Asia’s New Edge

      • Kishore Mahbubani
      Pages 85-87Open Access

About this book

This open access book consists of essays written by Kishore Mahbubani to explore the challenges and dilemmas faced by the West and Asia in an increasingly interdependent world village and intensifying geopolitical competition. 

The contents cover four parts: Part One The End of the Era of Western Domination. The major strategic error that the West is now making is to refuse to accept this reality. The West needs to learn how to act strategically in a world where they are no longer the number 1. Part Two The Return of Asia. From the years 1 to 1820, the largest economies in the world were Asian. After 1820 and the rise of the West, however, great Asian civilizations like China and India were dominated and humiliated. The twenty-first century will see the return of Asia to the center of the world stage. Part Three The Peaceful Rise of China. The shift in the balance of power to the East has been most pronounced in the rise of China. While this rise has been peaceful, many in the West have responded with considerable concern over the influence China will have on the world order. Part Four Globalization, Multilateralism and Cooperation. Many of the world’s pressing issues, such as COVID-19 and climate change, are global issues and will require global cooperation to deal with. In short, human beings now live in a global village. States must work with each other, and we need a world order that enables and facilitates cooperation in our global village.

  


Keywords

  • US-China Relations
  • Western Decline
  • Asia Rising
  • China in the 21st Century
  • Plutocracy and Meritocracy
  • International Institutions
  • COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Geopolitical Contest
  • Globalization and Governance
  • Competition or Coexistence
  • Open Access

Authors and Affiliations

  • Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

    Kishore Mahbubani

About the author

A veteran diplomat, student of philosophy, and author of nine books, Kishore Mahbubani is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Mahbubani is also a former President of the UN Security Council (Jan 2001, May 2002) and 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 nine books 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.” He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)