HT: Kishore Mahbubani 27 Mar 13 March 25, 2013

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On HardTalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Kishore Mahbubani, one of a select band of international thinkers and commentators whose ideas fuel political debate from Washington DC to Beijing, from Berlin to Brazilia. He was born in Singapore to Indian parents. He had a long career in the foreign service of the Singapore government, twice serving as ambassador to the United Nations. Now he spends his time in academia, and on the international conference circuit, discussing his provocative ideas about the nature of globalisation and the changing balance of world power. His latest book is an antidote to the economic and …



On HardTalk, Stephen Sackur talks to Kishore Mahbubani, one of a select band of international thinkers and commentators whose ideas fuel political debate from Washington DC to Beijing, from Berlin to Brazilia. He was born in Singapore to Indian parents. He had a long career in the foreign service of the Singapore government, twice serving as ambassador to the United Nations. Now he spends his time in academia, and on the international conference circuit, discussing his provocative ideas about the nature of globalisation and the changing balance of world power. His latest book is an antidote to the economic and political pessimism prevalent in the West - the world has never been more peaceful, nor more prosperous, he says, and as peoples converge around shared ideas and aspirations there is every prospect of a more international cooperation on the key challenges facing humanity. But is his optimism to be justified?