Global Scholar to Discuss Asian Century

As China and India are increasingly playing a more prominent role in the global arena, the McCulloch Center has invited a leading scholar to address this seismic shift in world power.

Kishore Mahbubani, an expert in the rise of Asia’s political and economic power, will visit campus this month as the 2011 Carol Hoffmann Collins Global Scholar-in-Residence. The focus of his residency will be “the shift in the global geography of economic and political power that is currently under way, as high economic growth in China and India has increased Asia’s role in the world,” says Eva Paus, economics professor and Carol Hoffmann Collins Director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.

Throughout his October 17-21 visit, Mahbubani will discuss key aspects of Asia’s rise during nine class visits in six different departments, a faculty seminar on “Asia’s Role in the New Order of Global Governance,” and a public lecture.

Mahbubani’s public talk, “Is the West Ready for the Asian Century?,” will address China and India’s growth in economic and political prominence and the West’s response on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30 pm in Gamble Auditorium.

“How will the West respond to Asia’s rise? With understanding or with fear? With win-win solutions or with denial of the new realities? And how does the structure of global governance need to change so that all countries feel represented fairly in the new global architecture of power? These are the vital questions that Professor Mahbubani will address,” says Paus. “It is critical that we find constructive ways to transition to a world where the United States is not the only superpower.”

Mahbubani is a prolific writer and speaker on Asia’s return to the global center stage. He is the author of several books, including most recently The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East (2008), and his articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Washington Quarterly, Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times, among others. Mahbubani is currently dean and professor of public policy at the National University of Singapore.

Previously, Mahbubani has served in the Singapore Foreign Service, as Singapore’s ambassador to the United Nations, and as president of the UN Security Council. The Singapore government conferred on him the Public Administration Medal in 1998, and he received the Foreign Policy Association Medal in 2004.

Each fall, the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives hosts a Global Scholar-in-Residence to foster increased understanding of critical international issues and to engage the community in dialogue on important global issues.