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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I would like to read more of Muhbubani’s work as it challenges me to counter the arguments he presents and work towards a solution I can provide through my work – surely, a crucial aim in any converging world.

Book review: “The Great Convergence”

Kishore Mahbubani has served as a senior diplomat and a public policy scholar. Maybubani has a short-to-medium-term perspective, not a long-term one. And yippee, I ambushed the author after a forum and got my copy autographed! The convergence also poses Environmental, economic, resource, kahbubani Geopolitical challenges as the world shifts to this new environment.

Sep 19, Mckinley rated it liked it Shelves: China and India, Africa and the Islamic world must be integrated. The book generously uses the quotes from other publications in small fonts that are difficult to read.

It gives leaders in the West plenty to chew on, and confergence challenges many assumptions, so I like it for that. Furthermore, Kishore once again goes on a tirade of how the UN, IMF, and world Bank are generally just puppets of western vested interests. The twenty-first century has seen a rise in the global middle class that brings an unprecedented convergence of interests and perceptions, cultures and values.


This starts off kind of boring while he lures his readers into a false sense of security. He argues that the United States would better pursue its interests convergenve enhancing, rather than undermining, international institutions like the UN and the ICC. Want to Read saving…. Jul 21, Christina Crouch rated it liked it Shelves: Dec 16, Jerod Ferry rated it liked it Shelves: I did gain insight from his views and recognize cohvergence my 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.

Want to Grea Currently Reading Read. A clear progressive message conveying how we must all bow to convergenxe reason and take up the mantra of collectivism, naming it convergence. Mahbubani believes that America and Europe need to cede power and create new outlets of communication and influence through the UN.

Now that it is clear that stronger multilateral processes and institutions would serve long-term Western interests and also be very cheap, we should embrace them. 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. Very little manbubani evidence is presented. If convergence is a new concept to you, then this is an OK introduction, but there is nothing new here.


Dec 07, Leonidas Kaplan rated it it was amazing.

The Great Convergence – Kishore Mahbubani

If you enjoy reading pages of rants against the West, this is the book for you. It is precisely the Cambridge, Massachusetts-centric worldview of many international institutions that has kept them from understanding diverging local perspectives.

His recommendations about reforming the United Nations and promoting multilateralism while dealing with critical global issues are worthwhile. We are becoming more kishpre and interconnected. This is basically the only concrete suggestion he comes with in gteat book and it is only mentioned in a total of 7 pages.

Institutions of global governance need serious reform. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Yes, Mahbubani did it again.

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

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National interests must be balanced with global interests. They lack, he proposes, the necessary intellectual framework. Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World. I will recongnize that I have different world views than Mr.

But this book is definitely more ‘big-picture’, within that regard. I felt the author presented a good deal of personal emotional bias against the West, to the point where it impacted the influence of his arguments on me.