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Asia Vs Europe: Which Region is More Geopolitically Incompetent?

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Synopsis:

Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy argues in his latest book, The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East that the European Union has become hopelessly incompetent in geopolitical terms, failing to get on good terms with its neighbors, to adopt a stance independent of America, and to find a proper strategy towards Asia. Asia, by contrast, has been far more competent, in his view.

Bill Emmott, former editor of The Economist, from 1993 until March 31st 2006, and now an independent writer, speaker and consultant disagrees. Emmott argues that despite all its flaws the European Union is a geopolitical success story that has helped its neighbors towards stability and prosperity, and whose model of sovereignty pooling and “soft power” is increasingly influential. Asia, in Emmott’s view, does not exist as a geopolitical entity; it is only now being created, but in fits and starts, and riven by divisions. Emmott is also the author of the latest book Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade.

Mahbubani and Emmott will debate this issue and the wider question of whether Europe has truly come to terms with the rise of Asia.

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Speaker(s):

Bill Emmott, Former Editor in Chief, The Economist Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Date:
Friday, 29 May 2009
Time:
5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Venue:

Auditorium, Level 3, Block B, Faculty of Law,
NUS Bukit Timah Campus
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776

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