Mr. Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, shared his thoughts on the future of America’s relations with Asia, over dinner with about 40 corporate members of the SIIA on 28 August 2006. Mr. Mahbubani described relations between the US and Asia today as marked by a great paradox. Inter-governmental relations between the US and Asia have probably never been better, but people-to-people relations between Asia and the US, in particular the public perceptions in Asia of the US, have deteriorated sharply in comparison the goodwill that the US has previously enjoyed during the Cold War. Mr. Mahbubani cautioned that rising anti-American sentiment in Asia is a real and pressing concern and that we are coming to a point where the consequences could be adverse and harmful to the region.
Mr. Mahbubani was with the Singapore Foreign Service from 1971 to 2004, where he served as Ambassador in Washington DC, and then as Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He also served as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. Mr Mahbubani is the author of several books, including "Can Asians Think?" and more recently, "Beyond the Age of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust between America and the World”.
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