Book Talk: “Has the West Lost it?” with Kishore Mahbubani


Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Wexner 434-AB, Harvard Kennedy School

You're invited to a seminar featuring Kishore Mahbubani, Ash Center Senior Visiting Scholar, Professor in the Practice of Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and author of forthcoming book, Has the West Lost It?. Anthony Saich, Ash Center Director, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, will moderate.

The two centuries of Western domination of world history is coming to a natural end. China and India will return to their natural positions as the two top economic powers of the world by 2050. However, this is not bad news for the West. The rest of the world has progressed by adopting many Western ideas, ideals and best practices. The rest is ready to cooperate with the West. However, for this to happen, the West has to make significant strategic adjustments. It can no longer try to dominate global processes and institutions unilaterally. It must learn to share power. The goal of Professor Mahbubani's remarks is to suggest that despite contemporary pessimism in the West, we can create a better world that will work for both the West and the rest. The lecture will also suggest some new strategies for the West.

Lunch will be served.