Will the rivalry between the United States and China culminate in war? Can the West and the Islamic world co-exist in peace? Will poverty be consigned to history?
Professor Kishore Mahbubani, dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore and author of The Great Convergence: Asia, the West and the Logic of One World, may not have a crystal ball. But that hasn’t stopped him from laying out his thoughts on the world’s most intractable issues and describing why, despite a constant barrage of apocalyptic news headlines, we and future generations are going to be okay.
At the 66th CFA Institute Annual Conference in Singapore, Mahbubani reasoned that the world is actually becoming a better, more peaceful place, thanks to the spread of modern science and technology, free market economies, and reason and logic.
His argument: If trapped in a sinking ship (our planet), an overriding common interest will rally everyone to solve pressing global problems and save the world.
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