By Kishore Mahbubani

In those elegantly written essays, Kishore Mahbubani units forth a serious warning call to Asians and Westerners alike. In such varied items as ''The Ten Commandments for constructing Countries'' and ''The hazards of Decadence: What the remainder Can train the West,'' the writer demanding situations the West’s highbrow universe, arguing that Western attention has develop into trapped in highbrow pressure. An iconoclastic subject underscores Mahbubani’s message: After 500 years of Western domination of Asia, the twenty first century will see a two-way alternate of rules among East and West. The author’s views will resonate with Asians and impress debate within the West, yet in Mahbubani’s phrases, ''The global could be a far richer position whilst Western minds cease assuming that Western civilization represents the common civilization.'' ''Mahbubani writes with a diplomat’s appeal, gleefully untangling political knots into uncomplicated threads.'' - Time

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If they do so, the world may avoid a repetition of the Cambodian experience, where there were many voices adyocating the removal of the Lon Nol regime, but no one accepted moral responsibility for the genocide that followed. prudent in targeting human rights abuses where its own interests are irivolved, does it not have an obligation to exercise the same prudence when others may be affected by these campaigns? In the face of th~se moral and political complexities, Western governments may find it in their interest to explain to their citizens that prudence may have to be a crucial consideration in the promotion of human rights and'democracy.

Held Asia back. But I do not want to end on a pessimistic note. There is hope for change. Globalization will generate new elites in Asia. So too will the increasing velocity of change. Huge numbers of A~ians are being educated, at home and abroad. New global £lows of information are opening the eyes of Asians. The "veil of ignorance" is being lifted. A new process of learning has begun. All these forces will generate new opportunities for Asian -societies. But the first lesson that Asian societies must learn is how to develop, implement, and maintain the right software: meritocracy, peace, and honesty (MPH - perhaps a good acronym to remember in times of rapid change).

Popular culture (which once made even the French feel threatened), some of the southwestern states of the United States are effectively becoming bilingual societies, reflecting the great influx from the south. S. society and culture change irreversibly? The term "population explosion" is disarmingly familiar, a cliche. But like many cliches it expresses a vital truth. From 1750 to 1950 the populations of the five main continents grew at about the same rate. After 1950 there was a dramatic surge of population growth in the Third World, largely resulting from the spread of Western methods of hygiene and basic health care.

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