Lee Kuan Yew’s Global Legacy: A premature retrospective |

Lee Kuan Yew’s Global Legacy: A premature retrospective


The rise of the countries of Asia is a commonplace of academic and media discussion. A decade ago, the focus was on the so-called East Asian Tigers - Japan, South Korea, Singapore - whereas now much attention is being paid to the emergence as global players of the world's two most populous countries, China and India. However, debates on the emergence of the so-called 'Asian Century' have been exclusively oriented towards the economic realm. They pay little attention to politics, and virtually no attention to ideas. This talk is Michael Barr's attempt to redress this imbalance in relations to just one controversial Asian leader of the twentieth century, Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew. In this talk, Barr assesses the longer term significance of Lee's ideas and examples for both the developing and the developed world. Without resiling from his well established and highly critical interrogations of Lee's record, he attempts to make a fair assessment of the development of his political thought, and his likely legacy for the twenty-first century, ranging from issues such as state capitalism, meritocracy and the social role of communalism and ethnicity in development.

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Dr. Michael Barr, Senior Lecturer, School of International Studies, Flinders University, Australia; Editor-in-Chief, Asian Studies Review

Thursday, 12 April 2012
5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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