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Symposium: "The New Asian Hemisphere"

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03 Jul 08 - 03 Jul 08 Asia-Europe Foundation Communications Department Governance & Human Rights



In his book "The New Asian Hemisphere," academic Kishore Mahbubani argued that Asia is returning to the position that it occupied on the world stage before the rise of the West, and called for a new global partnership.

His controversial book has attracted both praise and criticism. At the Symposium, three Singapore-based scholars commented on three aspects of the book:

- Its examination of Western wisdom that Asia has inherited

- The importance of global institutions in mediating between the West and Asia

- The prospects of a rising Asia

Mahbubani responded to the commentators with views and analysis of his own. This was followed by a lively question-and-answer session with an audience of over 100, comprising members of the Diplomatic Corps, the media, academics, and representatives from the business sector.


Prof. Kishore Mahbubani


Asst. Prof. Alan Chong, Assistant Professor of Political Science, National University of Singapore

Amb. Jørgen Ørstrøm Møller, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore

Mr. Shafqat Munir, Research Analyst, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore


Amb. Rodolfo Severino