FPA Centennial Lecture: Has the West Lost It? a Talk With Kishore Mahbubani


Event Details

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
The Harvard Club
35 W. 44th Street
North & Biddle Room
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Description

Please join the Foreign Policy Association in welcoming Kishore Mahbubani, Senior Advisor and Former Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singaporewho will deliver the latest installment of the Foreign Policy Association’s Centennial Lecture Series.   Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.  A reception will follow the lecture.  

Registration for the lecutre will begin at 5:30 p.m.  The lecture will be followed by a reception. 

Please note that the Harvard Club requires jacket and tie for gentlemen and similar formal attire for women.

The Foreign Policy Association’s year-long Centennial Lecture Series, commenced in the spring of 2017, celebrating 100 years of commitment to fostering an educated public discourse on the most influential topics in U.S. foreign policy. The Foreign Policy Association’s Centennial Lecture Series features extraordinary speakers, who will take the long view and imagine the future in their respective disciplines. The importance of providing citizens with accessible, in-depth, non-partisan material is vital to future world peace and prosperity. In one of his final public addresses, President Franklin D. Roosevelt told the Foreign Policy Association that “In a democracy the Government functions with the consent of the whole people. The latter must be guided by the facts.” Now more than ever, this message continues to have resonance, and will remain the guiding principle and goal of the Foreign Policy Association.


Event Speakers

    • Professor Kishore Mahbubani - Speaker
      Senior Advisor and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore

      A student of philosophy and history, Professor Kishore Mahbubani is Senior Advisor (University & Global Relations) and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.  Concurrently, Professor Mahbubani serves in the Boards and Councils of institutions around the world, including the Yale President’s Council on International Activities (PCIA), University of Bocconi International Advisory Committee, and Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nominating Committee.  Before that, he enjoyed a long career with the Singapore Foreign Service from 1971 to 2004.  He has posting in Cambodia (where he served two stints as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United Nations and as President of the United Nations Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002.  He was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998. 

      Professor Mahnubani has spoken and published globally.  His articles have appeared in a wide range of publications, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Washington Quarterly, Survival, American Interest, National Interest, Time, Newsweek, Financial Times, and the New York Times.  He has also been profiled in The Economist and in Time Magazine.  He is the author of Can Asians Think?, Beyond the Age of Innocence, The New Asia Hemisphere, The Great Convergence, Can Singapore Survive, and co-author of The ASEAN Miracle.  His books have been read and translated widely.  The Great Convergence was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2013.

      Professor Mahbubani was awarded the President’s Scholarship in 1967.  He graduated with the First Class honors degree in Philosophy from the University of Singapore in 1971.  From Dalhousie University, Canada, he received a Master’s degree in Philosophy in 1976 and an honorary doctorate in 1995.  He spent a year as a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 1991 to 1992.

      Professor Mahbubani was conferred with the Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the Singapore Government in 1998.  The Foreign Policy Association Medal was awarded to him in New York in June 2004 with the following opening words in the citation: “A gifted diplomat, a student of history and philosophy, a provocative writer and an intuitive thinker.”  He was listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines in September 2005, and included in the March 2009 Financial Times list of the Top 50 individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism.  He was selected as one Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers in 2010 and 2011.  In 2011, he was described as “the muse of the Asian century.”  Most recently he was selected by Prospect magazine as one of the top 50 world thinkers for 2014. 


    • Professor Kishore Mahbubani