Kishore Mahbubani

For Kishore Mahbubani's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

East Asia's new edge

Commentary / World Jul 26, 2020

East Asia's new edge

A deep determination to battle against great odds may explain why East Asia has so far responded much better to the COVID-19 pandemic than most Western countries.

Understanding the geopolitics of populism

Commentary / World Dec 13, 2016

Understanding the geopolitics of populism

What unites supporters of Donald Trump and the U.K.'s "leave" campaign is not anger at being excluded from the benefits of globalization, but rather a shared sense of unease that they no longer control their own destinies.

Commentary / World Dec 26, 2014

Unlocking ASEAN's true economic potential

Some critics insist that ASEAN members vary too widely in terms of economic development to create a smoothly functioning manufacturing entity. But ASEAN, unlike the European Union, is not trying to form a monetary union.

Commentary / World Aug 19, 2014

Asia's budding reform trinity

Three of Asia's most populous countries — China, India and Indonesia — are poised to enter a historical sweet spot, as their respective leaders build a reputation as one of his country's greatest modern reformists.

Commentary / World Sep 20, 2013

Silver linings for a golden age

Despite the massive challenges that countries like Syria, Somalia, Egypt, and Afghanistan currently face, and global challenges like food security and climate change, the world has reason to be hopeful about the future.

Commentary / World Jan 7, 2013

The dynasty-loving Asians

To the extent that culture matters in politics, the recent spate of leadership changes in Northeast Asia suggests that Asian societies are more tolerant — if not supportive — of dynastic succession. South Korea's recently elected president, Park Geun Hye, is the daughter of Park ...

Commentary / World Jul 31, 2012

China appears to be losing its diplomatic grip

In 2016, China's share of the global economy will be larger than America's in purchasing-price-parity terms. This is an earth-shaking development; in 1980, when the United States accounted for 25 percent of world output, China's share of the global economy was only 2.2 percent. ...