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Kishore Mahbubani

Kishore Mahbubani

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Kishore Mahbubani, a distinguished fellow at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore, is the author of Has China Won? (PublicAffairs, 2020) and the open-access book The Asian 21st Century, which has been downloaded more than 3.3 million times since its release in January 2022.

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  1. Anwar Ibrahim’s Quiet Triumph
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    Anwar Ibrahim’s Quiet Triumph

    Nov 2, 2023 Kishore Mahbubani shows how the Malaysian prime minister could stabilize the country and ensure the continued success of ASEAN.

  2. How Asia Keeps the Peace
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    How Asia Keeps the Peace

    Jun 12, 2023 Kishore Mahbubani considers why the region has avoided the kind of wars that keep exploding on Europe's doorstep.

  3. The Hard-Won Benefits of Soft Diplomacy
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    The Hard-Won Benefits of Soft Diplomacy

    Dec 8, 2022 Kishore Mahbubani praises Indonesia's more consultative and culturally attuned approach to international affairs.

  4. The Lose-Lose Tech War
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    The Lose-Lose Tech War

    May 20, 2022 Kishore Mahbubani & Tony Chan worry that politics is getting in the way of the cooperation needed to advance science and tackle global problems.

  5. The Genius of Jokowi
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    The Genius of Jokowi

    Oct 6, 2021 Kishore Mahbubani argues that Indonesia's president has established a model of good governance for others to follow.

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    A Weak, Uneven Global Recovery

    Eswar Prasad & Caroline Smiltneks explain why domestic political divisions and inflationary pressures jeopardize current market optimism.
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    Will Cambridge Support Free Speech?

    Peter Singer examines the university’s ongoing case against Nathan Cofnas, a research fellow who advocates “race realism.”
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    Can China Get Out of Its Rut?

    China’s authorities have powerful economic-policy levers at their disposal to achieve their 5% growth target this year and to put the economy on a more sustainable long-term growth path. But several trends – from the shift toward state capitalism to population aging to the loss of goodwill between Chinese and Americans – could thwart China’s ambition to join the ranks of high-income countries by mid-century.

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    China Stifles Its Own Debate

    Stephen S. Roach

    For more than two decades, the China Development Forum was a meeting where foreign business, political, and academic leaders could debate the state of the Chinese economy with the country’s highest leaders. But this year’s gathering eschewed open and honest dialogue, in favor of telling only “good stories” about China.

    bemoans the transformation of the country’s most important platform for open dialogue into a schmooze-fest.
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    Leaving Africa’s Colonial-Era Currency Will Be Hard, But May Be Wise

    Peter Doyle considers how exiting the CFA franc zone could benefit Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, despite the challenges.
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    Europe’s War Jitters

    Shlomo Ben-Ami urges EU member states to prepare for the possibility of the US abandoning its NATO commitments.
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    Governments Must Shape AI’s Future

    Mariana Mazzucato & Fausto Gernone

    As with social media, the incentives around AI are aligned for rent extraction, where large companies, acting as intermediaries, amass profits at others’ expense. Governments urgently need to step in to ensure that the technology is being designed and brought to market in ways that will serve the common good.

    urge policymakers to see themselves as proactive participants in technological innovation and market-making.
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    How Guyana Became Latin America’s Leading Development Lab

    Iván Duque Márquez highlights the current government’s unique approach to managing its renewable and non-renewable resources.
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    Beating Back Populists at the Grassroots

    Sławomir Sierakowski interprets the seemingly mixed results of recent municipal and provincial elections in Poland.

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