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KISHORE MAHBUBANI has been hailed as "an Asian Toynbee, preoccupied with the increase and fall of civilizations" (The Economist), a "Max Weber of the hot 'Confucian ethic'" (Washington Post), and "a prototype twenty-first century chief" (Time). A must-read for somebody with even a passing curiosity in modern Asia, this number of provocative essays is bound to problem how you imagine. Asia's societies have been extra culturally and economically complicated than Europe's on the finish of the 1st millennium. And but via the 19th century the West had leaped up to now forward that even a few Asians themselves harbored pictures of inferiority. Mahbubani's research of the earlier and predictions for the long run quantity to a take-heed call to Asians and Westerners alike. In assorted items reminiscent of "The Ten Commandments for constructing nations" and "The risks of Decadence: What the remaining Can educate the West," he asserts that Westerners are mostly blind to their condescending attitudes and practices towards the East and hold that outmoded worldview at their very own peril - Asia's economies are poised to surpass these of Europe and North the United States in the subsequent fifty years. not anyone who reads those iconoclastic, unabashed arguments will ever regard East-West family within the related light.“If you're looking for perception into how others understand us—and the occasions of September eleven underscore that need—then i do know of no larger advisor than Kishore Mahbubani. His choice of vigorous essays will either tell and problem your thinking.”-- Paul Volcker“This booklet is a suite of completely quality essays, elegantly written. . . . Mahbubani has an intuition for the jugular by way of picking a severe factor and environment forth a robust thesis referring to it.”-- Samuel P. HuntingtonAuthor of The conflict of Civilizations“Interesting, provocative, and intellectually engaging.”-- Henry Kissinger

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At the last turn of the millennium, in the year 999, European societies were languishing in the Dark Ages, with little promise of shooting ahead. But shoot ahead they did, carrying human civilisation to new heights of scientific and technological advancement as well as economic, social and political development. If Europe had not shot ahead, most of mankind, including Asia, would still have been languishing in the feudal era. The millennium that has just ended should be called the European Millennium.

And it is at the heart of the alphabet soup of regional processes that have provided the foundations for even wider regional cooperation. The first-ever Asia-wide summit will be held in Kuala Lumpur in December this year, bringing together the 10 ASEAN leaders with those of China, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia. It will be a truly historic meeting. ASEAN made it possible. Of course, other regions in the world benefited from propitious external developments. The US supported allies in other areas of the developing world; for example, Egypt received as much aid as South Korea.

4–5. Asia’s Lost Millennium Asiaweek. Special Millennium Edition 2000 The Millennium is a European event. It marks a significant turn in European, not Asian, calendars. At the last turn of the millennium, in the year 999, European societies were languishing in the Dark Ages, with little promise of shooting ahead. But shoot ahead they did, carrying human civilisation to new heights of scientific and technological advancement as well as economic, social and political development. If Europe had not shot ahead, most of mankind, including Asia, would still have been languishing in the feudal era.

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