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ASEAN MIRACLE: A CATALYST FOR PEACE
by Kishore Mahboubani and Jeffrey Sng
Jan. 18, 2018, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
PURE Insurance - 6263 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
ASEAN MIRACLE: A CATALYST FOR PEACE by Kishore Mahboubani and Jeffrey Sng
The 1996 book the Clash of Civilization by Professor Samuel Huntington grew out of a 1993 Foreign Affairs article with a similar title. The article and the book took academic and nonacademic readers by storm. Today we still debate Huntington's thesis that the source of conflict in the new world will not be "primarily ideological or primarily economic ...but cultural." Huntington went on to say " For a century and a half after the emergence of the modern international system with the Peace of Westphalia, conflicts in the Western world were largely among princes-emperors, absolute monarchs and Constitutional monarchs attempting to expand their armies, their mercantilist economic strength and, most important, the territory they ruled."
Along comes Professors Mahbubani and Sng with The ASEAN Miracle arguing that the young Southeast Asian population, now the 7th largest population group in the world and heading very quickly to number 5, uniquely deny the Huntington thesis. The cultures of these countries, according to the authors, are, yes, undeniably different, but their international politics do not follow the Western model. The authors argue that ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, "speak with one voice. Several issues are dealt with as a group, making it more difficult...for either China or the United States to pick countries off individually", that these countries do not have one dominant power in the group and that they act like a 'buffer zone' between other powerful nations or international organizations.
Professors Mahbubani and Jeffery Sng squarely disagree with the global pessimists that are convinced that due to cultural differences, certain ethnic groups and/or nations will never find peaceful solutions. Yet, can the ASEAN model be useful elsewhere given the emergence of strongmen like Assad in Syria, Salen in Yemen, Ben Ali in Tunisa, Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Modi in India and Erdogan in Turkey?
This and other questions will be discussed at the next Book Review Session. We would love to see you there. Philip Abruzino
The next Book Review Session is Thursday January 18, 2018 at
Pure Insurance 6263 North Scottsdale Road Suite 245 Scottsdale AZ85250