Has the West Lost It? Can Asia Save It?


Speaker Series Seminar With Kishore Mahbubani in Collaboration With the Long Now Foundation

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As the new powers - China, India, Africa - rise to the top of the world's pecking order, how should the West react? Kishore Mahbubani argues passionately and provocatively that the West can no longer impose its ideals on the world at large, and - paradoxically - that only by admitting its decline can the West set itself up for strategic success in the long term.

Asia Society and Long Now Members are invited to gather at Corridor following the event for drinks and informal discussion.

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About Kishore Mahbubani

Professor Kishore Mahbubani is Senior Advisor and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Concurrently, Prof Mahbubani serves in the Boards and Councils of institutions around the world, including the Yale President's Council on International Activities, University of Bocconi International Advisory Committee, and as Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nominating Committee. Before that, he served two stints as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998.

He is the author of a number of books including Can Asians Think? Understanding the Divide Between East and West; The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East; The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World; and co-author of The ASEAN Miracle: A Catalyst for Peace. His books have been read and translated widely. The Great Convergence was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2013.


Asia Society Northern California and the Long Now Foundation are partnering on a series of talks in Long Now's Seminars About Long-term Thinking series. With the Asia Pacific region being vital to long-term thinking for the planet, and especially for those on the Pacific coast, we believe that there is a fruitful collaboration to explore for both of our memberships and the wider public. The Asia Society's depth of knowledge about critical issues, key leaders and cultural perspectives coming out of Asia can inform the topics, people and conversations featured in the long-running Seminar series curated and hosted by Long Now's president Stewart Brand. Public access to the recorded talks broadens the reach of this in-depth collaboration.

About Long Now

The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996* to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long-term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide a counterpoint to today's accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common. Long Now aims to foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

Event Details

Mon 23 Apr 2018
7:30 - 9 p.m.

201 Franklin St
San Francisco, CA 94102

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$15 for Asia Society Members; Tickets open to non-members on March 12
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