Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World

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Grand strategist and founder of modern Singapore offers key insights and controversial opinions on globalization, geopolitics, economic growth, and democracy.

When Lee Kuan Yew speaks, presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, and CEOs listen. Lee, the founding father of modern Singapore and its prime minister from 1959 to 1990, has honed his wisdom during more than fifty years on the world stage. Almost single-handedly responsible for transforming Singapore into a Western-style economic success, he offers a unique perspective on the geopolitics of East and West. American presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama have welcomed him to the White House; British prime ministers from Margaret Thatcher to Tony Blair have recognized his wisdom; and business leaders from Rupert Murdoch to Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil, have praised his accomplishments. This book gathers key insights from interviews, speeches, and Lee's voluminous published writings and presents them in an engaging question and answer format.

Lee offers his assessment of China's future, asserting, among other things, that “China will want to share this century as co-equals with the U.S.” He affirms the United States' position as the world's sole superpower but expresses dismay at the vagaries of its political system. He offers strategic advice for dealing with China and goes on to discuss India's future, Islamic terrorism, economic growth, geopolitics and globalization, and democracy. Lee does not pull his punches, offering his unvarnished opinions on multiculturalism, the welfare state, education, and the free market. This little book belongs on the reading list of every world leader—including the one who takes the oath of office on January 20, 2013.

 

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User Review  - Miro - LibraryThing

It's useful to check on countries that are successful in economic development and look at what they are doing right. In this regard Singapore has had rocket ship performance going from a poor third ... Read full review

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

A 'collected sayings' book, with the sources being pieced together interviews, public statements, essays, and so forth. Although the authors did conduct their own interviews, some of these answers are ... Read full review

Contents

The Future of China
1
The Future of the United States
19
The Future of USChina Relations
37
The Future of India
51
The Future of Islamic Extremism
67
The Future of National Economic Growth
81
The Future of Geopolitics and Globalization
95
The Future of Democracy
111
How Lee Kuan Yew Thinks
127
Conclusion
151
Notes
159
Belfer Center Studies in International Security
187
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
191
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About the author (2012)

Graham Allison is Douglas Dillon Professor of Government and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Robert D. Blackwill is Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ali Wyne is an associate of the Belfer Center.

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